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# Why is an Olympic Marathon 26 miles long?

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The 1896 Olympic marathon distance was 24.8 miles. This was the first modern Olympics, which took place in Athens Greece. According to a famous Greek legend, a Greek foot-soldier (thought by many to be Pheidippides) was sent from the plains of Marathon to Athens with the news that an army of Athenian hoplites had fought and driven off the vastly larger invading Persian army. As he approached the leaders of the city-state of Athens, he staggered and exclaimed, "Rejoice! We Conquer!" and then collapsed and died. The distance from the plains of Marathon to Athens is 24.8 miles.

The marathon distance was later changed as a result of the 1908 Olympic Games in London, England. That year, King Edward VII and Queen Alexandria requested that the marathon begin at Windsor Castle (20 miles west of central London), so that the Royal family could view the start. The course distance between the castle and the Olympic Stadium in London was 26 miles. Event organizers added an extra 385 yards around the stadium track, so the competitors would finish directly in front of the King and Queen's royal viewing box.The final distance for the 1908 Olympic marathon was 26 miles, 395 yards (26.21875 miles). The Olympic marathon distance varied until 1921 when it was set at exactly 42.195 kilometres. 26 miles, 385 yards is used as the Imperial approximation (the difference is about a centimetre).

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## Related Questions

The race is 42.195 kilometers.An ordinary marathon is a tiny bit shorter at 46,145 yards (26 miles + 385 yards, about 26.22 miles).26 miles and 385 yards.

A marathon is 26 miles and 385 yards. In kilometers the distance of a marathon is 42.19. The marathon is an Olympic event.

A marathon is 42.2 kilometres or 26 miles.

MARATHON, STD DISTANCE 26 MILES 386 YARDS

The standard length for a marathon is 26 miles 385 yards.

there was a guy who ran the marathon at the battle of marathon and so it was created

A marathon is defined as 42.195 kilometers exactly. This converts to 26 miles 385 yards -- or 26.21876 miles.

100metres The very first one from the Battle of Marathon to Athens was 26 miles 365 feet. The guy that ran it ran that, got to athens, said "We won!" and died ^^

Athletes in a marathon run 26 miles. Athletes in a marathon run 26 miles.

It depends how fast you run. A marathon is 26 miles and 385 yards.

The first marathon was 24 miles won by Spyridon Lewis. Through the years the mileage of the marathon has changed and it has extended to 26 miles.

The classic marathon is 26 miles, 385 yards

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The longest running event in the Olympic Games in the marathon at a distance of 26 miles, 385 yards or 42.195 kilometers.

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