| Athletics at the|
1978 Commonwealth Games
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men|
| 3000 m|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men||women|
|30 km walk||men|
The men's marathon event at the 1978 Commonwealth Games was held on 11 August 1978in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The marathon is a long-distance race with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres, usually run as a road race. The event was instituted in commemoration of the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens, who reported the victory. The marathon can be completed by running or with a run/walk strategy. There are also wheelchair divisions.
At the 1978 Commonwealth Games, the athletics events were held at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. A total of 38 events were contested, 23 for men and 15 for women.
Edmonton is the capital city of the Canadian province of Alberta. Edmonton is on the North Saskatchewan River and is the centre of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, which is surrounded by Alberta's central region. The city anchors the north end of what Statistics Canada defines as the "Calgary–Edmonton Corridor".
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The Commonwealth Games are an international multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930, and has taken place every four years since then. The Commonwealth Games were known as the British Empire Games from 1930 to 1950, the British Empire and Commonwealth Games from 1954 to 1966, and British Commonwealth Games from 1970 to 1974. It is the world's first multi-sport event which inducted equal number of women’s and men’s medal events and was implemented recently in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The 1978 Commonwealth Games were held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from 3 to 12 August 1978, two years after the 1976 Summer Olympics were held in Montreal, Quebec. They were boycotted by Nigeria, in protest of New Zealand's sporting contacts with apartheid-era South Africa, as well as by Uganda, in protest of alleged Canadian hostility towards the government of Idi Amin. The Bid Election was held at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.
Canada has participated in every Commonwealth Games since the first ever British Empire Games held in Hamilton, Ontario in 1930, one of only six countries to have done so. The others are Australia, England, New Zealand, Scotland, and Wales.
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Bangladesh has competed at eight Commonwealth Games, with the first coming in 1978. They did not compete again until 1990, but have competed in every Games since. Bangladesh has won eight Commonwealth Games medals, all coming in shooting events.
Antigua and Barbuda have competed in nine Commonwealth Games, beginning in 1966. They did not attend in 1974, and after their return to the Games in 1978, did not compete again until 1994. They have competed in every Games since, but still have not won their first Commonwealth Games medal.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have competed at eleven Commonwealth Games, beginning in 1958. They attended every Games between 1966 and 1978, then did not participate again until 1994. They have competed in every Games since. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have won three Commonwealth medals, but only one since returning to the Games in 1994.
The Turks and Caicos Islands have participated at six Commonwealth Games. Their first appearance came in 1978, but they did not appear again for twenty years. They have attended every Games since 1998. To date, no athlete from the Turks and Caicos has won a Commonwealth medal.
Cyprus have competed in ten Commonwealth Games, making their first appearance in 1978, and missing only one Games since, in 1986. Cyprus have won fifty-three Commonwealth medals, many of them coming in shooting and gymnastics.
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The badminton competition at the 1978 Commonwealth Games took place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from 3 August until 12 August 1978.
The women's 3000 metres event at the 1978 Commonwealth Games was held on 7 August at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It was the first time that this event was held at the Commonwealth Games.
The women's pentathlon event at the 1978 Commonwealth Games was held on 6 August at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This was the last time that this event was contested at the Commonwealth Games, four years later being replaced by the heptathlon.
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