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The marathon is a long-distance running race with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres (26.219 miles, or 26 miles 385 yards), usually run as a road race. The event was instituted in commemoration of the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens, who reported the ...


Mar 7, 2014 ... marathon facts Legend has it that the very first marathon took place in Greece, when Pheidippides ran from the city of Marathon all the way to Athens in 490 BC to give word that the Greeks won over the Persians. It has also been said that after delivering his message, Pheidippides collapsed and died.


Oct 28, 2011 ... Wow your favorite runner with surprising facts like why it's 26.2 miles long, what it takes to beat Oprah's time, and why it's called a marathon in the first place.


Jan 14, 2014 ... Here are 30 Kickass and Interesting Facts About Marathons. 1-5 Interesting Facts About Marathons. Dean Karnazes-Interesting Facts About Marathons. 1. Dean Karnazes has run nonstop for 135 miles in 120F degrees across Death Valley. He has also run a marathon in the South Pole in -40F and also did ...


Mar 23, 2017 ... Can you think of any noteworthy marathon facts? From horses to outer space, we' ve got a fun fact for every mile of this classic race distance.


Sep 11, 2017 ... Almost half a million Americans ran a marathon in 2012, according to Running USA's "Annual Marathon Report." For each of the 93 marathons...


Nov 1, 2017 ... In celebration of the race's 48th anniversary, we've gathered 48 facts about the TCS NYC Marathon.


Mar 31, 2017 ... Who's the oldest person to ever run a marathon? The youngest? Do runners really have more sex and more orgasms? Get facts about running here!


Check out these unexpected facts about running a marathon based on the training experience of one fitness writer, plus her tips for overcoming all of the highs and lows leading up to the big day.