My Marathon Maniac Quest

I do not remember when I first heard about the Marathon Maniacs, but I do remember asking myself, “what is a Marathon Maniac?” And then, “how do I become a Marathon Maniac?

There are various criteria for different levels of Maniac, but the minimum level is a one star maniac, or bronze level, and requires that you run 2 marathons within 16 days of each other or 3 marathons within 90 days.

This time last year I was trying to work another marathon between the Philadelphia Marathon in November and the Walt Disney World Marathon in January so I could have 3 within 90 days. That did not happen. And I am pretty sure that the year before that I was looking at marathon schedules trying to string a few together, but that was far from happening.

Well, my time has come!

I was able to sign up for two marathons within 16 days of each other. Actually they are only 7 days apart.

On October 19th I am running the Atlantic City Marathon and then the following Sunday on October 26th I am running the Marine Corp Marathon.

I can tell you right now that as soon as I cross the finish line on October 26th I will be logging into the website to request my membership.

Why am I in such a rush?

As I write this there are 9,714 members in the Insane Asylum. Maniacs are identified by their numbers, and right now the majority of Maniacs have 4 digit numbers. I want my number to be a 4 digit number and there are only 286 spots left. I have been looking at the trends for growth and it appears I still have a chance to get in under 10,000.

There were 81 new members in July of this year. I have not seen August numbers yet, But last year there were 56 new members in August and there are an average of 26.4, 32.3, and 87.2 new members in August, September, and October respectively.

So if the numbers stay close to the averages I can get in under 10,000. It would be really cool if I was Maniac 9999.

This all sounds a bit crazy, doesn’t it?

That’s okay. I am a marathon runner.


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