5 Ways the Boston Marathon is like a Cadbury Creme Egg

This Sunday is the Christian religious holiday Easter and the day after that is Marathon Monday, the special holiday made for the Boston Marathon (or something). While some runners have made numerous comparisons between running and religion, strangely not much has been said about the correlation between Easter candy and the marathon, except maybe this.

More specifically, there are some very interesting similarities between an Easter favorite, the Cadbury Creme Egg, and a marathon favorite, the Boston Marathon. Don’t believe me? See below.

1. They have history and tradition.

The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest marathon, dating all the way back to 1897. With its age comes a lot of history and tradition. But when you’re that old, you’re bound to be caught up in some things that only make sense to a few people, like refusing to move your car over to make room for a runner even when there’s no oncoming traffic. Stuff like that. Anyway, it’s so old and set in its ways that it’s always held on the third Monday of April, on the crotchety old Massachusetts state holiday of Patriot’s Day.

The Cadbury Creme Egg is not quite as ancient as Boston, and it’s not quite as crotchety. If the Boston Marathon is get-off-my-lawn old, the Cadbury egg is more like that one cool old lady that wears funky glasses and gives out the full-sized candy bars at Halloween. She still probably won’t move over for runners when she’s driving though. The first filled Cadbury eggs were introduced in 1923, but what we all know as the Cadbury Creme Egg today, the delicious chocolates filled with white and yellow fondant goo came about in 1963.

2. They’re difficult to get into.

What everyone knows Boston for is its qualifying standards. Additionally, with how popular the race is and how fast everyone has become, it’s not enough to run your qualifying time to get a spot. Now you often have to run 10 to 15 minutes faster than the qualifying standard or cheat. Hitting a BQ is major goal for a lot of runners, one that requires a lot of work and that often feels out of reach, even impossible.

Speaking of impossible, that damn foil! Rarely, can you get off a Cadbury egg’s foil in one shot. Each time you try to peel it, you miss. And you try and try and there’s always just a little left that’s stuck to a little bit of fondant that has leaked out. But finally, after you’ve swore you were done, you take one more swipe and nail it. Yum!

3. From the outside, they both look delicious.

Runners hold the Boston Marathon in high regard and that’s why running the race is the goal for so many. They picture floating down Commonwealth Avenue with thousands of other runners, taking in the majestic atmosphere of THE Boston Marathon. With a Cadbury Creme Egg, you see that delicious chocolate and think, “Mmmm, chocolate. Yummy. I can’t wait to eat it.”

The allure of running the Boston Marathon appeals to many eggs.

4. But it’s in the middle where things get interesting.

Cadbury Egg climbs up heartbreak hill!You might have heard that the Boston Marathon has some hills. Most runners enjoy the net downhill of the first 15 miles of Boston, carried away by gravity, momentum, and the excitement. But then, reality check. Those hills come at you and from 16 to 21, and you’re climbing up and up. Some might curse the appearance of the hills, while the masochists among us love them (weirdos). Only a few will avoid the quad-explosion that is the last few miles.

In comparison, once you make your way through the delectable chocolate shell of the Cadbury Creme Egg, you find yourself in the ooey-gooey fondant of the middle. Some might curse the appearance of the fondant, expecting chocolate all the way through the egg (weirdos), but for those who like to mix it up, they thrive on the change in taste and texture. The finish of a Cadbury egg is an explosion of deliciousness.

5. When you’re finished, you’re a mess.

Upon crossing the finish line of the Boston Marathon, quads will experience aftershocks, feet will have been turned to ground chuck. Some runners will be delirious, or fall into a heap of sweaty, tired, muscle contractions. Whatever way you slice it, when you finish Boston, you’re gonna be a mess.

And so too will be the Cadbury egg eater, after fighting the foil and softening the chocolate in the process, after biting into the egg and having glops of fondant spill out all over your face and hands. With the egg though, a simple trip to the sink to wash with soap and water does the trick. With Boston, you need soap, water, a stiff drink and weeks of recovery.

Finishing either one, though, tends to leave a person rather satisfied.

Do you love Cadbury Creme Eggs or the Boston Marathon?

I'm a licensed massage therapist with a background in biochemistry and also a mother of two. After almost two years of focusing on shorter race distances, I am back on the marathon training horse. My next goal race is the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. I write mostly about health and science as they relate to running as well as being part of a running family.

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11 comments

  1. This is awesome!!! I will whole heartedly admit that I hate Cadbury Eggs, but I have a deep love for Boston. I am not an Easter candy lover. My favorite has to be #4….oh those hills.

  2. I’m with fennel – Creme eggs are not my thing. Love the drawings in this, especially the Creme egg running uphill!

    1. You two are crazy. Creme Eggs are awesome.

      And now you’ve discovered my hidden talent of drawing running stick figure Easter Eggs.

  3. Ha! I love them both. I had resisted buying any so far this spring but now I might have one while watching Boston online!

    1. Like the marathon, the richness of the regular egg takes some acclimating. You just need to train your stomach to handle a whole one in a single shot.

  4. I love this post so much. The pictures, the tying of two completely unrelated things together, the cadbury egg love. I never thought I liked CCEs, but the first Easter season that my husband and I lived together also happened to be the spring I raced Boston. He LOVES them and convinced me to try one. And he’s right. They were so delicious (they changed them in the last couple of years or so and they’re not quite as good, but still darn good). So CCEs are inextricably linked to Boston and my darling husband in my mind.

  5. Also, both Creme Eggs and marathons share one striking similarity… you either love them or hate them!!

    No Creme Eggs were harmed in the illustrating of this post…right? >.<