The marathon had its origins in ancient Greece when a Greek soldier Pheidippides ran from a battle site in Marathon to Athens in 490 BC. It is said that he shouted the word for victory, before he died a honourable death relaying good news. The original route was then incorporated into the Athens marathon and even included in the Olympics in 2004. However, today unlike its origins, marathon events have become a world wide phenomenon that incorporates a whole new global group of participants, organisers and more.
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