The Marathon 2 Marathon or affectionately called M2M is the biggest event Marathon hosts. With a population of 420, our population can more than double on race day with 368 racers (2015) for a marathon, half marathon 10k or 5k. Unlike runs in larger towns, our racers have a HUGE impact on our economy and everyone who lives here is very excited to have them. Since 2011 the M2M has contributed almost $30,000 back into the community organizations which include the Marathon Volunteer Fire Dpt., Marathon Parent Teacher Organization, Marathon Public Library, Marathon Telescope project, Marathon Baptist Church as well as dollars into our local businesses. It is a heartfelt race of appreciation.
It is a big leap from when informal marathoners would run along the hill, winding southern trek of U.S. 385 from Spring Creek Ranch north into town. The M2M was formally started in 2003 by Susan Combs, (Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Texas Comptroller and local ranch owner) and Paul Carozza (Runtex) who moved the race to U.S. 90 with contestants running east from the outskirts of Alpine into Marathon.
The M2M was directed by Marsha Roberts until 2011 when Marci Roberts (no relation), owner of The French Co. Grocer, took it over upon Marsha's retirement. The race was moved to the more scenic Highway 385 course which is a faster course with less highway traffic. This course is certified and sanctioned by USATF and is a Boston Marathon qualifier .
It seems fitting that Marathon, established in 1882 and given its name by seafaring Capt. Albion Shepard, who said the desert area surrounded by mountains reminded him of Marathon in Greece, continues to host an annual event recalling that famous run from the village of Marathon northeast of Athens to notify the city that a Persian army had been defeated there in 490 BC.