It all started with a Myth from ancient Greece. About the soldier Phillipides, who run from Marathon to Athen to declare the victory over the persian army. After that he died
Marathon has been a part of The Olympics since the beginning in 1896
The women made theire entrance in 1984 with a victory to Joan Benoit
The European Championship has been held since 1934 for Men, and from 1982 for Women
The Commonwealth, a kind of Olympics for the old British Empire has been held since 1930
The Pan American Games has been held since 1954, and The World Championship since 1983
In the big Cities of the World every year is ran by thousands of runners. The oldest Marathon is Boston which has been held since 1897
Other important Marathons are London, New York, Berlin and Rotterdam
Longer distance than Marathon are called Ultra Marathons