In 490 BCE, Pheidippides, a Greek soldier, ran from Marathon to Athens (about 25 miles) to inform the Athenians the outcome of the battle with invading Persians. The distance was filled with hills and other obstacles; thus Pheidippides arrived in Athens exhausted and with bleeding feet. This Greek solider was in essence the first marathon runner.
After telling the townspeople of the Greeks\’ success in the battle, Pheidippides fell to the ground dead. In 1896, at the first modern Olympic Games, held a race of approximately the same length in commemoration of Pheidippides. This is the origin of what we today call and execute marathons. Marathons are now a very common running race or contest that is used for professional competition and to raise awareness for causes and charities.
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