The London Marathon returns for another year as thousands of runners take on the ultimate test of endurance, stamina and mental strength.
This event has been taking place annually since 1981, but last year only elite participants were able to compete properly due to the Covid outbreak.
After this year’s event was originally postponed from its regular April scheduling, many are eager to see the event return in all its glory.
What some runners might not be aware of is that the length of the marathon they will be running was actually decided on by the British Royal Family.
The idea for the marathon began in Athens at the 1896 Olympics, which was the start of the Olympic Games’ modern era.
The original games, which were held by the Ancient Greeks, from around 776 BC to 393 AD did not include long-distance running like we see today.
Instead, the idea for the modern marathon was inspired by an old Greek legend.
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