25 Things You Didn’t Know About Marathons

Posted by , Updated on May 1, 2016

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There are few things that have been around longer than competition between people. And what sort of competition could possibly have outdated people racing each other. Whether it involved stealing food from the neighboring tribe or more friendly encounters, the earliest competitions all involved nothing more than our two legs! Marathons are something you have probably always thought of as something that you will never be able to do. Although that is not true, we are not here to give you a motivational speech! The word marathon actually comes from Greek. The plains of Marathon were where the Greeks defeated the Persians. The Greek runner Phidippides ran 26 miles from the plains of Marathon all the way to Athens in order to the deliver the message that the Persians had been defeated. Shortly after delivering the message, he collapsed and died. Ever since then the exact length and duration of marathons has been up for debate but by and large marathons have been fixed at somewhere around 26 miles (a little over 40 kilometers). Today we are going to go over some interesting history and meet some pretty crazy and motivated runners! These are 25 things you didn’t know about marathons!

Featured Image: Josiah Mackenzie via Flickr


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In some marathons there is a sweeper bus that comes along after a certain amount of time to pick up those who are still on the track

In some marathons there is a sweeper bus that comes along after a certain amount of time to pick up those who are still on the trackSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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1 in 50,000 people will die of a heart attack within 24 hours of completing a marathon

1 in 50,000 people will die of a heart attack within 24 hours of completing a marathonSource: pponline.co.uk, Image: wikipedia
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Cliff Young was a 61 year old who won Australia's 544 mile Sydney-Melbourne endurance race because he ran straight through the night while the other athletes slept

Cliff Young was a 61 year old who won Australia's 544 mile Sydney-Melbourne endurance race because he ran straight through the night while the other athletes sleptSource: elitefeet.com, Image: wikipedia
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British explorer and adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes ran 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 different continents in spite of having had a heart attack just several months before

British explorer and adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes ran 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 different continents in spite of having had a heart attack just several months beforeSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Record holder Stefaan Engels ran 365 marathons in 365 days. When he was younger he was told to avoid sports because he had asthma

Record holder Stefaan Engels ran 365 marathons in 365 days. When he was younger he was told to avoid sports because he had asthmaSource: time.com, Image: wikipedia

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