As mentioned in my 2015 race schedule, and finally actually registered for, on New Year's day I'm running a 2.62 mile race called the "Micro Marathon".
I like the idea of this race for a few reasons: Cheap. Allows you to forego a t-shirt (making it even cheaper). Supports a good cause. Not in downtown PDX (thus less parking and traffic issues). Pretty course. New distance = automatic PR.
There was one factor that caused me to hesitate, though: the name. The Micro Marathon. This is not a marathon. A marathon is a marathon is a marathon. It's always 26.2 miles. There is no such thing as a smaller version of a marathon, as names such as "micro" or "mini" or "kids" would imply.
A half marathon is what it sounds like, but that's pretty clearly indicated in the description - half the distance is literally what it is. It's not pretending to be a type of event that it's not. A "mini" marathon doesn't specify the distance, it just makes it sound like a smaller version of a marathon, which make its not a marathon. (In putting registering on my to-do list for the weekend, I couldn't even bring myself to write the words "mini marathon".)
I am doing it anyway, in part because at least the 2.62 distance is in some way related to the real 26.2 marathon distance (albeit, mathematically inaccurate to call it "micro" - I think this should technically be a "deci marathon"). And all the other factors outweigh this one - minor? - issue.
What's your stance on the [quantitative adjective] marathons? Do you do avoid them at all costs, do them grudgingly, or not even care?