Europe's oldest marathon

25 Mar 2007 17:51
Jean-Loup Fenaux
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 Košice with a dream : organize a marathon in their own country. The dream finally came true on October 28th of the same year.

If you want to learn a little more about the Genesis of this marathon, visit the official web site.

Košice isn’t the only marathon in Slovakia. Here’s the complete list.