Br J Sports Med 38:498-501 doi:10.1136/bjsm.2004.011874
  • Review

The wear and tear of 26.2: dermatological injuries reported on marathon day

  1. E A Mailler1,
  2. B B Adams2
  1. 1Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, OH, USA
  2. 2Department of Dermatology, University of Cincinnati, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH 45267-0523, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Adams
 Department of Dermatology, University of Cincinnati, PO Box 670592, Cincinnati, OH 45267-0523, USA;
  • Accepted 2 March 2004


Whether it is to take on the challenge, to get in shape and lose weight, to relieve stress, or to enjoy the outdoors, people have increasingly turned to the marathon as their sporting event of choice. Although there are many health benefits, beginners should be aware that injuries are quite common in marathon runners. Among these are the wear and tear injuries to the skin. This is a review of the most commonly reported dermatological injuries on marathon day.