Road Racing

Marathon

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The longest running race on the Olympic programme, the marathon covers 42.195km. A road race, at major events it has historically finished inside the main stadium, although there have been city centre finishes at several recent international championships.

The organisers of the first modern Olympic Games, held in Athens in 1896, devised the marathon race over 40km to celebrate the achievements of Ancient Greece.
The distance then was extended to the imperial measurement of 26 miles at the 1908 Olympics Games in London, and increased another 385 yards when the starting line was pulled back so it could be seen by the children in the Royal Nursery at Windsor and still finish in front of Queen Alexandra at the White City Stadium in west London. This distance was standardised at 26 miles 385 yards (42.195km) in 1921.

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