Though marathons are loved by so many people around the word, many of us are not aware of the history of this important sport. The distance running has an ancient history that starts in Greece and Egypt as well as a modern history that is showing its fast evolution from an Olympic sport to an individual competition.
What you didn’t know about marathons
If we refer to the ancient times, similar to the most of the Olympic sports, the long distance running has its roots in the glorious Greece. The legend says that the first run on a long distance was done by Pheidippides, who run from Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek victory. He managed to deliver the message but thereafter he died. In Egypt, the long distance running was a criterion for choosing the soldiers by the Pharaoh. Later, this became a competition within the ancient Olympics.
The modern history begins with Pierre de Coubertin who has managed to organize the first modern Olympics in 1896 where long distance running was accepted as one of the sports. Many of the organizing details have been kept until today, such as the running distance or the refreshment points. Soon after, the marathon as an individual competition was organized in New York, then in England and South Africa. Until the next Olympics, the Marathon already becomes an important sport that was gathering more and more people. The same rhythm has been kept until today when this sport has turned up to have important charity scopes too.
Marathon has given great athletes to our society for more than 100 years. Moreover, it has broken the gender barriers and has revealed the compassion within each one of us that participated either as an athlete or as a volunteer. And though it has known this tremendous development, the marathon is still continuously improving.