Just how far is a marathon?

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Photo: Photo supplied by C-A Nadeau
Charles-André Nadeau about to cross the finish line during the 1994 Paris Marathon.

I have competed in four marathons in my life. The first one was in Paris where there were over 18,000 of us in the event and it took me seven minutes just to cross the starting line. The second one was the Ocean State: participants ran practically from the southern end to the northern boundary of little Rhode Island.