Take a challenge. Become a champion.

Winning or losing a marathon doesn't matter -- if you finish, you've earned vast pride. Take a gander at these nearby upcoming marathons and half-marathons, and show off your skills. Even if you are not in top marathon form, they are still a fun time to cheer people on from the sidelines.

BPAC 6 Hour Distance Classic 2013

Date: April 28, 2013
Length: Ultra Marathon (31.25 miles)
Location: Amherst Bike Path at Amherst Pepsi Center
Start time: 8 a.m.

Rochester Flower City Half Marathon

Date: April 28, 2013
Length: Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
Location: Rochester
Start time: 7:30 a.m.

Sehgahunda Trail Marathon & Relay

Date: May 25, 2013
Length: Marathon (26.2 miles)
Location: Letchworth State Park
Start time: 6 a.m.

Buffalo Half Marathon

Date: May 26, 2013
Length: Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
Location: Pearl Street, Buffalo
Start time: 7 a.m.

Buffalo Marathon

Date: May 26, 2013
Length: Marathon (26.2 miles)
Location: Pearl Street, Buffalo
Start time: 7 a.m.

Rochester Marathon

Date: September 22, 2013
Length: Marathon (26.2 miles)
Location: Andrew Street, Rochester
Start time: 7:30 a.m.

Rochester Half Marathon

Date: September 22, 2013
Length: Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
Location: Andrew Street, Rochester
Start time: 7:45 a.m.

Contributed by Dane Johnson and Jake Knott