International Open Marathon

Open Marathon, International

The International Open Marathon is a modern-day marathon in Greece run by male and female athletes of all ages. The race retraces the course of the Greek soldier, Pheidippides, who ran from the battlefield at Marathon to Athens to bring news of the Athenian victory over the Persians, a distance of about 25 miles. The starting line today is in the village of Marathon and the finish line is at the Olympic Stadium in the heart of Athens.
A mound in Marathon marks the grave of 192 Athenian soldiers killed in the 490 b.c.e. victory.
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