The origin dates back to 490BC, when the king of Persia, sent troops to invade Marathon, a small town in Greece. However the Persian army was defeated. A runner was sent from Marathon to Athens to relay news of the victory, his route would have been between 21 and 26 miles, depending upon which specific route he took and thus the Marathon was born.
The Marathon was introduced to the modern Olympics in 1896 and was (25miles) 40km only. The distance was 40km until the 1908 Olympics, held in London. To accommodate the British royal family, the start was on the lawn of Windsor Castle and the finish was in front of the royal box at the Olympic stadium. The distance now became a random 26 miles and 385 yards or 42.195km. This length was formally excepted in 1921 ( after the war ) at the Olympic Congress – Laussane, Switzerland.
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