Olympic marathon articles

  History of the Olympic marathon - The name "marathon" comes from the legend of a Greek messenger who ran from the town of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated. When the idea of a modern Olympics became a reality at the end of the 19th century, the organizers were looking for a great popularizing event, recalling the ancient glory of Greece.
  Olympic marathon trivia - Expand your knowledge about the world of the Olympic marathons by checking out this growing collection of little known facts, interesting tidbits, obscure anectdotes, curious statistics, and behind-the-scene stories captured since the first Olympic marathon in 1896.
  How to qualify for the Olympic marathon - The prospect of being selected for the Olympic Games marathon is an ultimate goal for the majority of runners. In order to participate in the Olympic Games marathon, athletes have to qualify and abide by the Olympic Charter and the rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations.
  Carlo Airoldi - Carlo Airoldi was an Italian long distance runner, famous for having walked from Italy to Greece to take part to the Athens 1896 marathon. After a 28-day journey Airoldi was deemed not eligible to compete.

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