Ahotu Marathons News : History

Marathon : a 2500th anniversary celebration?

October 28, 2010 18:56   History

This week-end, will be organized the 28th Athens Classic Marathon. This marathon celebrates the legendary original “marathon race” when after the battle of Marathon, in 490 BCE, a messenger called Phillipides is said to have run from Marathon to Athens to announce the victory of the Greek against the Persians before dying from exhaustion. The first modern marathon was organized during ...

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Why is the marathon distance set to 42.195 km?

February 13, 2009 20:09   History

The official distance for a marathon is 42.195 km. But why is it so? Most of the non marathon runners I ask the question answer that this weird number must be due to the conversion from imperial units to the metric system (or the other way round). It is not. The distance in miles is 26 miles and 385 yards, commonly ...

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A brief history of the Paris Marathon

April 05, 2008 15:14   History

Tomorrow Paris will host it’s annual marathon. It will be the 32nd to be be run in the French Capital. But did you know that in fact the first marathon to be run in Paris was run in 1896. It was on July 19th, just a few month after the first Olympic marathon that was run in Athens during the first ...

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Paavo Nurmi : A northern legend

August 09, 2007 04:31   History

Paavo Nurmi is a finish long distance runner. Today, he may not be as famous as Nokia, but he did a lot to make Finland known in the world in this time. It all happened during the 1920s, Finland had just gained its independence from Russia(in 1917) and was working hard to establish its place among the concert of free nations. ...

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Europe's oldest marathon

March 25, 2007 17:51   History

We all know that Boston hosts the oldest marathon in the world. But do you know which is the oldest marathon in Europe ? Athens, London, Paris, Berlin ? No, no. Europe’s oldest marathon is in Slovakia. It is the Košice Peace Marathon which was first held in 1924. After witnessing the Olympic marathon in Paris, three Slovakian official returned to ...

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