Pondering Marathons

With all the coughing, sneezing, etc., I haven’t had much time to think about a blog post.  But the comments on the radio about the Boston Marathon have me pondering marathons.  Where did marathons get started?  When?  Who ran the first one?  Who determined the length?  Who decided to turn a marathon into a fund raiser? 

When I feel better I want to Google the subject but if you know the answers, please leave them in a comment.

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1 Response to Pondering Marathons

  1. Kiwi says:

    The legend of Phidippies who ran from Marathon to Athens, a distance of just over 26 miles, following the Greek victory over the Persian army happened around 500BC from memory. Following the battle he is said to have run to Athens in full armour to tell the Athenians of the victory and to warn them of the approaching fleet carrying the Persian army. Having delivered this message he collapsed and died. Armies in those times always employed professional runners. (I am pleased we have instant communications these days!)
    The modern Olympics began in 1896 and the first games were held in Athens. The marathon was run and participants ran from Marathon to Athens. The event was won by a Greek.
    I do not know when sponsored marathons first began but would guess in the latter part of the last century.

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