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# What is the name of a long distance run that is 26.2 miles long?

Updated: 9/27/2023

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14y ago

In 490BC, the Persian army was invading Greece. The Athenian army defeated the Persian army at the plains of Marathon, and the messenger Pheiddipides ran into Athens to announce the Athenian victory - and then died. The distance from Marathon to Athens was 26 miles, 385 yards, and the foot race called a "marathon" is run to commemorate the messenger and the battle.

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14y ago

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11y ago
Not sure.
But . . . .
a Marathon is 26.2 miles.

You ask Why is it that length? Well this race got its name from the Battle of Marathon when a runner was sent back to the king (or someone) to announce they won a victory. He rand the 26.2 miles and gave the good report and fell dead. This is the story that goes with this race.

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15y ago

A marathon is a race of 26 miles and 385 yards, or 42.195 kilometres.

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11y ago

A marathon is 26.2 miles in length.

Wiki User

12y ago

This is called a marathon

Wiki User

7y ago

A 26 mile race is a marathon.

Wiki User

15y ago

A Marathon

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