5 Marathon Videos to Get Your Heart Racing

Fall marathoners, it’s been tough staying motivated to get through the miles in the heat, let me tell ya.  But I’ve got just the thing to get you revved up for a strong long run this weekend; marathon videos!

I know Americans often don’t think of running first when they think of exciting sports TV, but considering how hard we runners work toward our races and how much energy and emotion go into training and racing, I’m pretty sure we can all agree that these amazing marathon finishes make for some riveting, gut-wrenching, heart-pounding, dramatic moments.

So even if you’re still chained to your desk, get your heart rate up by checking out these five exciting marathon race videos!


1. Bob Kempainen’s winning run in the 1996 Olympic Trials Marathon.
The video quality is low, but that may be a good thing since this video features bodily fluids! I have a vague childhood memory of watching some marathoner puke on TV and it must have been this.

2. The first women’s Olympic Marathon – Los Angeles 1984.
I will always get chills waiting for Joan Benoit to finally crack a smile as she circles the track in that huge stadium alone.  And this week marked the 30 year anniversary of this momentous event for women’s running!

3. Chicago Marathon, 2007.
Watch Adriana Pirtea (now Adriana Nelson) stride down the finishing straightaway in the lead…but pay attention to a furiously sprinting runner coming around the corner in the background.

4. Team Hoyt’s final Boston Marathon finish.
For the uninitiated, Team Hoyt is Dick and Rick, a father-son duo. Rick is unable to walk due to cerebral palsy, so his father has pushed him many years in the Boston Marathon in addition to completing an Ironman together.

5. Meb’s win at the 2014 Boston Marathon.
Will this ever get old? I don’t think so!

What YouTube running videos do you like? Is anyone a FloTrack or usatf.tv fan?

I'm a 20-year veteran of competitive running, USATF certified coach, mom of a toddler -- and still trying to set PRs. I write about training from 5k to marathon, motherhood and competitive running, and the elite side of the sport. The 5k is my favorite race (16:56 PR) but I've got a score to settle with the marathon.

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  1. Yay! I needed this!! My marathon is in January, but I’ll be kicking off the “let’s get down to business and stop slacking off” phase of things really soon. Thanks!

  2. Glad you enjoyed them! Sometimes I need a kick in the pants from videos like this (or blogs, haha) to get going.