How did Marathon get its name?
The name Marathon is derived from, ‘Marathon’ a town in Greece.
During 490 BC, immediately after the ‘Battle of Marathon’ a Greek messenger named ‘Pheidippides’ was sent from Marathon to Athens to announce that the Athenian army won the battle by defeating the Persians.
Pheidippides who had just fought in the battle ran the entire distance without stopping. Finally, when he reached Athens he announced ‘We have won’. He collapsed and died immediately after announcing the victory to people. The distance the Greek Solider ran from Marathon to Athens was around 42 KMs.
The modern day 42 Kilometre race is named after the town ‘Marathon’.
Interesting Facts about Marathon
Marathon was also part of Ancient Olympics
Marathon is also part of Modern Olympics
Both Youngest marathoner and Oldest marathoner born in India
World’s Youngest marathoner: Budhia Singh, a boy from Odisha, India, completed his first marathon at age three. Budhia has completed 48 Marathons before five years old. He ran from Puri to Bhubaneswar at the age of four covering 65 kilometres in 7 hours and 2 minutes. His run was listed as the world’s youngest marathon runner in the Limca book of records in the year 2006.
World’s Oldest marathoner: Fauja Singh, a 100-year-old man, finished the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October 2011. He became the first centenarian ever to complete that distance officially. He took 8 hours and 11 minutes to complete the Marathon.
World Record: Dennis Kimetto from Kenya holds the world record by completing Marathon in just 2 hours 3 minutes(2:02:57) in 28 September 2014 at conducted at Berlin
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