Updated: 8:29 PM UTC, Jul 16, 2017

The Marathon Distance: 26.21875 miles (42.195 km)

The marathon is a long-distance running event with an official distance of 26 miles and 385 yards (42.195 km). In 1908, during the London Olympics, the royal family wanted the race to leave from Windsor Castle and to finish facing the royal box in the Olympic Stadium, which gave this distance.

The previous distance of 40 km, came from the Greek messenger Pheidippides, who ran from Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek victory against the Persians at the end of the Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C.. However, other theories affirm that the runner's name was either Thersipus of Erchius or Eucles.

Phidippides by Luc-Olivier Merson Phidippides by Luc-Olivier Merson

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