When you run a marathon, did you know that you're paying homage to an historical event? Today’s marathon traces its roots to Greece, circa 490 B.C. As the Persians attacked the Greeks during the battle of Marathon, warrior Pheidippides ran 26.2 miles from Marathon to Athens to ask for reinforcements. Eventually, the Greeks defeated the Persians, and Pheidippides once again ran the 26.2 miles from Marathon to Athens to announce that the Greeks had defeated their enemies. The run became legendary, as is evidenced by the continued popularity of marathons to this day.
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