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Running, Marathon and Distance

in Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport

Third edition

Published by Berkshire Publishing Group

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9781933782676
Published online August 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190622695
Running, Marathon and Distance

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The marathon is the most prestigious running race as well as the athletic event most draped in history and myth. The first “marathon” of myth was run by a Greek messenger who may or may not have died in the course of delivering his message. It has been a standard event in the modern Olympics, and was introduced for women in 1984: a major event in the history of women’s sports. Famous marathons include the Boston Marathon, first held in 1897, the London Marathon, and the New York Marathon. Although earlier marathons’ distances were variable, the official race distance today is 42.2 kilometers, or 26 miles, 385 yards.

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Subjects: Sports and Outdoor Recreation

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