Wall Street Journal checks out Zoom! Yah! Yah!

Zoom! Yah! Yah! 2011

This year's annual Zoom! Yah! Yah! indoor marathon at St. Olaf attracted the attention of Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal writer Kevin Helliker. "A new badge of hardship is gaining popularity among marathoners," he writes in "Another Round? Indoor Marathons Keep Athletes Running in Circles."

"It's no longer so exceptional to have completed extra-long marathons, extra-hard ones or extra-large numbers of the 26.2-mile race. So the latest thing is to run a marathon that's extra dull."

Helliker notes perspectives from participants and observers, including the unique value of a marathon that begins with the letter "Z."

(And be sure to read the WSJ story's reader comments.)