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What is the distance run in marathon race?
and why it is called marathon ?

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Asked by sitapati rao, 19 Jan '10 02:09 pm
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Distance of 42.195 kilometres (26 miles and 385 yards). The event is instituted in commemoration of the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon.
Answered by Anil K Chugh, 19 Jan '10 04:37 pm

 
  
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A footrace of 26 miles 385 yards is called Marathon. A battle in 490 BC in which the Athenians and their allies defeated the Persians too was called Marathon and Marathon race is named after it.
Answered by Jack Johnson, 19 Jan '10 02:25 pm

 
  
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The marathon is a long-distance foot race with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres (26 miles and 385 yards), that is 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 (the namesake of the race) to Athens. The historical accuracy of this legend is in doubt, contradicted by accounts given by Herodotus, in particular.

The marathon was one of the original modern Olympic events in 1896, though the distance did not become standardized until 1921. More than 800 major marathons are contested throughout the world each year, with the vast majority of competitors being recreational athletes. Larger marathons can have tens of thousands of participants
Answered by PARTHA PATHAK, 19 Jan '10 02:18 pm

 
  
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42,195 Kilo Meters OR 26 miles and 385 Yards, The race is in commemoration of the fabled race of the Greek Soldier named Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens,
Answered by thampy chacko, 19 Jan '10 02:14 pm

 
  
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