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Marathon Challenge

Explore what it takes—physically and mentally—for novice runners to make it through a classic test of endurance.
Topic: Body + BrainBody & BrainNova

Program Description

(Program not available for streaming.) Can anyone run a marathon? How do you run 26.2 miles if you have trouble making it around the block? With good coaching, discipline, and lots of group support, as NOVA shows when it follows 13 generally sedentary people through a training regimen designed to prepare them for an ultimate test of stamina and endurance. Produced in cooperation with the Boston Athletic Association®, which granted NOVA unprecedented access to the 111th Boston Marathon®, and Tufts University, "Marathon Challenge" takes viewers on a unique adventure inside the human body, tracking the physiological changes that exercise can bring about.

In addition to the Editors' Picks features at left, you can read in-depth interviews and see more video in Marathon Diaries from the original program website. Learn more about Team NOVA, get Ten Tips for Novice Runners, and hear the running wisdom of Uta Pippig.

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Roger Fielding, Daniel Lieberman, Don Megerle, Miriam Nelson, Uta Pippig, Malissa Wood