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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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11y ago
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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.

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This is called a marathon

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7y ago

A 26 mile race is a marathon.

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15y ago

A Marathon

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