How didmarathongetitsname? The nameMarathon comes from the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek messenger. The legend states that he was sent from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated in the Battle of Marathon (in which he had just fought), which took place in August or September, 490 BC.
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What is the history of the marathon?
The marathon has a proud history and is steeped in tradition. History records that in 490 B.C., the soldier Pheidippides, covered the distance from a battlefield near Marathon, Greece, to Athens in order to bring the news of a Greek victory over the Persians.
Why did Pheidippides run the marathon?
Pheidippides, a Greek runner, ran to give the news to the people of Athens, but died as he did so. The first modern marathon was run in honour of this event at the 1896 Athens Olympics.
What happened to the soldier who ran the marathon?
At the end of this historical run he collapsed and died from the exertions of fulfilling his duty. In 1896 at the inauguration of the Olympic games the legend of the soldier was honoured with a race from Marathon Bridge to the Olympic stadium in Athens.
What was the first marathon distance at the Olympics?
For the 1908 London Olympic games marathon the distance was changed to 26 miles so that the event could finish in front of the royal box. It took another 16 years before the distance of 26.2 miles was introduced, with the 1924 Paris Olympics being the first to hold the now official marathon distance.