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When Was The First Marathon?

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The History of Marathons

We have a compiled a brief selection of myths/history about marathons below!

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“In 490 B.C., the Athenian army defeated the invading Persian army in a battle in the plain of Marathon, located roughly 26 miles north of Athens. According to legend, the Athenians then ordered the messenger Pheidippides to run ahead to Athens and announce the victory to the city.

Pheidippides raced back to the city in intense late summer heat. Upon reaching the Athenian agora, he exclaimed “Nike!” (“Victory!”) or “Rejoice! We Conquer” and then collapsed dead from exhaustion.” (1)

Marathon history

It is said this was the start to deciding how long a marathon should be, however there has been slight differences in marathon length throughout history!

For a great history on marathons, check out this website.

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Present Day

Today there are hundreds of marathons all over the world!

Some of the top United States marathons include:

  1. Boston Marathon
  2. Walt Disney World Marathon series
  3. Honolulu Marathon
  4. Marine Corps Marathon
  5. Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathons series
If you are interested in any of the above marathons, simply click on the name and it will take you to their websites for more information!

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1: Cummings, Denis. “The Myth of Pheidippides and the Marathon.” FindingDulcinea. 27 July 2017. Web. 27 July 2017.

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