What is a marathon?

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Publié le 27/08/18Modifié le 20/03/19

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A marathon is a race. But originally, it was a village about 25 miles from Athens in Greece.

In this village, in 490 BC, the Greeks won a battle against the Persians. The story goes that a soldier called Pheidippides ran the 25 miles back to Athens to tell people about the victory! 

The Frenchman, Pierre de Coubertin, created the modern Olympic Games and used the story to invent the marathon. During the first Olympic Games in Athens, the race was won by the Greek Spyridon Louis, who became a hero in his country. Running at a constant speed, this water carrier overtook an Australian and a Frenchman who were in front. Slow and steady wins the race!

A marathon race is 26.2 miles long. The distance between Marathon and Athens? Nearly… In fact, since the 1908 Olympic Games in London, the official distance is the distance between Windsor Castle… and White City Stadium. Apart from the Olympics, many cities organize their own marathon. The oldest has been run every spring in Boston, USA, since 1897. In 1967, Kathrine Switzer took part in the event, although it was for men only. The angry organizer tried to push her off the road, but she held on! For each runner, a marathon is a personal victory. And a great human experience for all…

Nom de l'auteur : Jacques Azam

Producteur : Milan Presse, France Télévisions

Année de copyright : 2018

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