Do you like to know the history of marathons? If you are an avid marathoner then knowing how marathons started is really interesting. It will give you an edge. You run while you share story. Whatever you learn, you can share it. The marathon started100 years ago so if you think you are the first to run, you are wrong. It started in the past with only a few runners not now wherein almost every nation joins runs. They do it for fun. The longest race recorded was less than 5 kilometers. When this sport becomes popular, it was already organized in countless cities. Winners are given recognition and cash prizes. The first men are great runners because they were born hunters. Imagine yourself hunting in the wilds. You don’t just observe your target. You even run until you caught it. Human’s stamina is unbeatable and it is the reason why running is a bearable activity. The fastest runners came from the military society and a few civilians who later one served as community messengers. Before, messengers simply run places to places not until the ride with a horse.
In the old Egypt, running was a great military skill. It is something that a military should have. The famous King Taharka of the Egyptians are fond of organizing long distance runs to train his army. The distance is close to 100 km. Later on, the event was termed “Pharaonic 100km” wherein participants’ starting line is from the Sakkara pyramids to Hawara pyramid at El Faioum, south-west of Cairo. You heard of the famous mythic run of Pheidippides from Marathon to Athens? This story has a lot of versions and it plays a role in the rise of marathon. 50 years later, Herodotus revealed that Pheidippides had been sent to Sparta, before the war to ask for help. But, Herodotus didn’t mention whether Pheidippides returned with a reply. This event was commemorated through the Spartathlon race. This long distance run is about 240km.
Pheidippides’ death run from Marathon going to Athens was even made into a poem by the famous poet, Robert Browning.
After Pheidippides’ death run, De Coubertin appeared. He was a Frenchman who sought reasons for the weakened French national standing. He handled public schools. He put emphasis on sporting endeavors. In a tour, he happened to met William Brookes, the man who started the Much Wenlock Olympic Society. De Coubertin was then inspired to launch his own Olympic campaign and that was in1892. Two years after, the International Olympic Committee at the Sorbonne was made possible. The delegates then strongly support the first modern Olympics in 1896 in Athens. Now, running is already an all-time favorite sport.