How much do you know about marathons?


A marathon is a race that brings together runners of all ages and abilities. How much do you know about the legend and lore of this famous race?

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Ancient Green runners
What was the name of the Greek runner said to have run the first 'marathon' in 490 B.C.?

Legend holds that Pheidippides ran 25 miles from Marathon to Athens to deliver the news of the Greek victory over the Persians. After he arrived, he shouted, "Rejoice, we are victorious” — and then he died.

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In what year was the marathon first included in the Olympics?

The men's marathon was a part of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.  

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Female runner
In what year were women first allowed to run the marathon at the Olympics?

Yes, it took 88 years before women were invited to compete in the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. 

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What is the current length of the standard marathon?

At the 1908 London Olympics, Queen Alexandra asked that the marathon be extended 385 yards — or 26.2 miles — so that the royal family could watch the race from home. The marathon has been 26.2 miles ever since.

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Boston Marathon
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Which city hosts the world's oldest annual marathon?

The Boston Athletic League hosted the city's first marathon in 1897. It has been held every year since then.

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Fauja Singh
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How old was Fauja Singh (pictured) when he completed his last and final race to become the world's oldest marathoner?

Singh was 100 when he became the world's oldest marathoner and the world's first centenarian marathoner at the 2011 Toronto Marathon.

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Oprah Winfrey
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Oprah Winfrey is just one of many celebrities to run a marathon. What was her (now famous) time?

In 1994, Oprah Winfrey ran the Marine Corps Marathon in a time of 4 hours, 29 minutes, a time that is now well-known to marathoners around the world who strive to "Beat Oprah."

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Patrick Makau Musyoki
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What is the time of the world's fastest official marathon on record?

Kenyan Patrick Makau Musyoki holds the current world record marathon time of 2:03:38 set at the 2011 Berlin Marathon.

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Fast runner
What is the term that marathoners use to describe a race in which the second half is run faster than the first?

A "negative split" is often a sign of experience, too, because by not going too fast in the first half of the race, the runner is showing discipline and will perform better overall.

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About how many marathons were held in the U.S. in 2013?

With more than 1,100 races held across the country, 2013 was a record year for marathons.

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