Question: What is the history of the marathon?

Answer: The longest races in the ancient Olympics were approximately five thousand meters (3.1 miles). The idea for the marathon race came from Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games (1896). As a young history student, Pierre was impressed with the story of the messenger Phidippides who fought in the battle of marathon (490 BC), ran the news of the Athenian victory to Athens, and died after delivering the message (according to legend). According to experts, the route of the first Olympic Marathon race was the route used by Phidippides. The marathon is only one of two events that have been run in every edition of the modern games.



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