The List of 50+ Greatest World Marathons

Boston Marathon Baner
The marathon is a long-distance running event with an official distance of 42.195 kilometers or 26.2 miles (26 miles and 385 yards), usually run as a road race. The event was instituted in commemoration of the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides. The legend states that he was sent from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated in the Battle of Marathon, which took place in August or September, 490 BC. It is said that Pheidippides ran the entir...
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