The city of Glendale has had a lot of attention in the press recently with their new unveiling of the multiple marathon events that are set to take place over the next two years. There are fifteen individual events in total ranging from marathons suited for young people and ones suited for the older generation. There is a tough mudder style obstacle course for those of you that want to test your strength and really push yourself. Although the tourism and the general attraction to Glendale that has come with the announcement of these marathons is a very welcome boost to our cities economy the question has been raised just why so much focus has been placed on hosting these marathons in the first place.  

If you are interested in taking part in any of the marathons then why not apply today and receive your full runner’s package including sponsorship forms where you can raise money for a charity of your choice whilst getting in a good workout. The coming weeks are going to be very busy in preparation for the first of these marathon events and everyone is really excited about them. 

 

Tourism

One of the biggest reasons why so many marathons have been organized in Glendale could be to bring extra tourism into the city, tourism brings a lot of people to an area and as many people will be visiting as a leisure trip it is likely that they could bring a real boost to our economy and help out small businesses who would really benefit from some extra custom. After the pandemic, the whole world has really been shaken and a lot of money has been lost particularly within the retail industry. The marathons that are taking place are set to have hundreds and thousands of visitors coming into the city meaning that the next few years are going to be very good for small businesses in the entertainment, hospitality, and retail industries within Glendale.  

Providing an Attraction For Glendale

Glendale is not the most talked-about city in the world so by providing such an extreme amount of marathons within the city it is bound to get people talking and really put the city of Glendale onto the map. After the tough year, we have all had to face the pandemic it is nice to see that by hosting these marathons we can really bring out community together and celebrate the athleticism that is going to be displayed, after a long time of negativity, the positivity that these events have brought around is very welcome. There are a number of industries that are going to really benefit from the increased amount of visitors and the attraction of the marathons, including businesses like private physiotherapists and our world-famous Glendale podiatrist team who will need to be on hand to help the athletes and runners who are going to be taking part in the various events.  

Media Attention

Another great aspect of the hosting of the marathons that is definitely a positive for our city as a whole would have to be the huge amount of media attention that has come with it. Any form of awareness or attention from the press is a positive thing and is something that will inform people who are not already aware of our great cities existence. As I said before the pandemic has caused so many businesses big and small to lose a significant portion of their income as they were unable to work so anything that is going to help encourage more people to visit the city and spend their money is a truly welcome thing. As of now all of the media attention surrounding the marathons and the events has been positive with people celebrating the opportunity to raise money for charity as well as encouraging more people to train and be active in preparation for the big day.  

Celebration of the Importance of Sports

A final reason that could be behind the decision to introduce this amount of sports events packed into a limited time frame could be the celebration of being active. After the pandemic the amount of people tracking [part in regular exercise has seriously dropped, with all of these marathons and so many people who are taking part being residents of Glendale it seems that a lot of people are coming together to help each other get fit and healthy in preparation. With the amount of time we spent indoors being at such a high rate over the last few years, it makes sense that people wouldn’t be as motivated as they once were, however as there are so many marathons there is no excuse for you to not get involved and take back control over your fitness journey. 

By Brittney

Brittney is a writer, curator and contemporary art gallerist. Born in Singapore and based in New York City, Brittney maintains a deep interest in the contemporary art landscape of Southeast Asia. This is combined with an equally strong interest in contemporary art from the Asian diasporas, alongside the issues of identity, transmigration and global relations.