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The Modern Marathon

Written by: George Chittenden : 15 Jul 2019

This incredible photo was taken on April 10th, 1896, during the first marathon competition of the modern Olympic Games. The event took place in its ancient birthplace of Athens and attracted athletes from fourteen nations. The marathon route followed the 25-mile journey run by a Greek soldier who brought news of a victory over the Persians from Marathon to Athens in 490 B.C. Due to its historical significance, the Greek hosts wanted to win the marathon ... and they did! Spyros Louis came first, taking 2 hours, 58 minutes and 50 seconds to complete the race.

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