Introducing our first-ever London collection: a capsule of race day and training apparel to celebrate the United Kingdom’s largest marathon. The London Shorts are a twist on our signature Van Cortlandt Shorts, delivered in classic navy with red accents and cut from an astonishingly lightweight performance mesh. We finished them off by emblazing LDN on the leg.
THE FIRST 26.2
London is the birthplace of the 26.2 mile marathon. In the lead up to the 1908 London Olympics, the organizing committee planned to introduce a long distance race of 40 kilometers or 25 miles. But in order to accommodate the most royally compelling course, starting at Windsor Castle and finishing at the king’s box in White City Stadium, the final distance tallied in at a somewhat arbitrary 26 miles, 385 yards (42,195 meters). That extra mile proved fateful when the finish came down to a battle between the Italian Dorando Pietri and American John Hayes. Exhausted by the heat and distance, Pietri collapsed five times during his final lap of the track. Each time officials helped him up. Hayes finished unaided thirty seconds later in 2:55.18.4 and was (after some debate) ultimately named the champion. The distance went from arbitrary to official in 1921 when the IAAF declared 42,195 meters the internationally recognized distance for a marathon. Sixty-eight years later the first London Marathon was held on March 29, 1981.