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Why Are Marathons 26.2 Miles Long?

Why Are Marathons 26.2 Miles Long?

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The first marathon

The first marathon was held at the 1896 Olympics in Athens to commemorate the run of the soldier Pheidippides from a battlefield near the town of Marathon, Greece, to Athens in 490 B.C.

According to legend, Pheidippides ran approximately 25 miles to announce the Atheni...

  • The first official Olympic race started at the Marathon Bridge and ended at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, a distance of about 24.85 miles. Of the 25 entrants, only 9 runners finished.
  • After 1896, in the next few Olympic marathons, it was decided that as long as the runners ran th...

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