The marathon is a long-farness foot race with an official farness of 42.195 km [26 miles and 385 yards], that is usually run as a road race. The event was set up in eftminding of the taled run of the Greek wyeman Pheidippides, a herald from the hild of Marathon [the namesake of the race] to Athens. The yoreloreish couthness of this tale is in doubt, gainsaid by tellings given by Herodutus. The marathon was one of the first tidesome Olympic events in 1896, though the farness was not set until 1921. More than 800 heeded marathons are run throughout the world each year. Bigger marathons can have tens of thousands of dealnimmers.


The name marathon comes from the runing of Pheidippides, a Greek herald. The runing tells that he was sent from the gouthfield of Marathon to Athens to spekk out that the Persians had been beaten in the hild of Marathon [in which he had fought], which washeld Holymonth, 490 BC. It is said that he ran the whole lengtth without stopping and burst into the folkmoot, shouting out “we have one," before falling to the ground and dying. The telling of the run from Marathon to Athens first shows up in Plutarch’s On the glory of Athens in the first yearhundred A.D. which words from Heraclides Ponticus’s lost work, giving the runners name is either Thersipus of Erchius or Eucles. Lucian of Samosata [H2 A.D.] also gives the tale that names the runner Phiippedes [not Pheidippes]. The lievsomeness of this tale is raked upon. The Greek yorelorer Herodotus, as the main outspring for the Greek-Persian wars, bysays a herald who ran from Athens to Sparta asking for help, and then ran back, a length over 240 km each way. In some Herodotus writs the name of the runner between Athens and Sparta is given as Philippeds. Herodotus makes no bysay of a herald sent from Marathon to Athens, and writes that the main deal of the Athenian fyrd, having already fought and won the hild, and fearing a boat raid by the Pers fleet against an unshielded Athens, strided quickly back from hild to Athens lithing the same day. In 1876 Robert Browning wrote the leeth “Pheidippides.” His leeth, became deal of late meankithlore and became a yorelorish runing.

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