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# How was the marathon distance decided?

Updated: 9/27/2023

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12y ago

The modern Athens Marathon commemorates the run of the soldier Pheidippides from a battlefield at the site of the town of Marathon, Greece, to Athens in 490 B.C., bringing news of a Greek victory over the Persians. Legend has it that Pheidippides delivered the momentous message "Niki!" ("victory"), then collapsed and died, thereby setting a precedent for dramatic conclusions to the marathon.

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11y ago

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12y ago

It was 42 kilometres. So it will take 5 hours to do this.

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13y ago

the olympic marathon length was first established in 1897 the day of Jessie James's death

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10y ago

The Marathon was created on 1919-05-25.

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14y ago

1921.

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