The term marathon comes from Marathṓn, the name of a locality in Greece. Historians say that, in the year 490 BC, a Greek soldier ran from bliss town until Athens, distant about 42 kilometers, to publicize the military victory achieved over the Persians.

MarathonToday it is called a marathon to a competition of Athletics in which participants must complete a route of 42 km and 195 meters. It is, therefore, a race of endurance.

Before proceeding with the definition of a marathon, it is important to mention that the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) accepts both its male and female versions. So it can be said “the marathon” or “marathon”.

From Athens 1896, the marathon is an Olympic discipline, although in the category of mens. Just in the Olympic Games from Los Angeles 1984 women also began competing in marathons.

The record men’s world marathon belongs to the kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, who established a brand of 2:01:39. Among the runners, the British Paula radcliffe achieved a record of 2:15:25.

In addition to those mentioned, there are other marathon athletes who have managed to be among the best in the world in this sport. We are referring to the following:
-Kenesisa Bekele, who is of Ethiopian origin.
-The Kenyan Dennis Kimetto, who stood out in the Chicago, Tokyo or Berlin marathons.
-The Ethiopian Mule Wasihum, who is considered one of the best ten marathoners in the world.
-Spanish Abel Antón, who managed to become world champion twice. Specifically, he did it in Athens in 1997 and in Seville in 1999.
-The Kenyan Brigid Kosgei, who is currently the world record holder of this event with a time of 2 hours, 14 minutes and 4 seconds. Specifically, it has managed to overcome the record of the aforementioned Paula Radcliffe.

In the same way, we cannot ignore that, due to the fact that the number of people who go running has grown considerably in recent years, events such as the so-called Half Marathon have become popular in cities around the world. In this one you come to travel a distance of 21 kilometers.

In particular, there are already many measures marathons that have become ‘star’ competitions and that arouse enormous interest. This would be the case, for example, of the Barcelona half marathon that takes place in February, the Rome half marathon that is called “RomaOstia” and that takes place in March or the New York half marathon that takes place in March and which reaches 22,000 runners.

It should be noted that any competition whose winner is the one who demonstrates the most is also called a marathon. endurance and the activity that takes place at a Fast pace or that extends into a only very long session. For instance: “I am exhausted: I had a marathon of meetings with different clients and suppliers”, “Next week a dance marathon will be held at the cultural center”, “The public television channel will present a Cantinflas marathon, with ten consecutive hours of programming dedicated to the great Mexican comedian”.