Do you know when the very first 'Marathon' took place?
In 1896, a new distance running event called the 'Marathon' was introduced for the very first time as a part of the First Modern Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. The organisers took inspiration from the historic feat of the Greek Runner/Messenger Phidippides, who
ran approximately 25 miles from the coastal Greek village named Marathon to his capital Athens in Greece, to announce the defeat of the Persians by the Athenians in 490 BC. Legend suggests that he fell dead after announcing this important news to his fellow Athenians.
The 1896 Olympic Marathon at Athens was thus, the very first "Marathon" which took place officially on the 10th of April 1896.
Those interested in a very detailed history can read about it in this article by Hugh Jones ( AIMS Secretary & Editor of Distance Running Magazine )
To commemorate the 125th year of this historic occasion, we call upon Runners all over the World, to join hands with us & celebrate the
10th of April each year as International Day of the Marathon.
Due to the unprecedented situation brought upon by the Corona Pandemic, runners all over the World are Staying Home to Stay Safe & to Halt the global progression of this pandemic.
So, let's celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Marathon by running at Home this time.
Run on your Treadmill, Run on your Terrace or Run in your Balcony !
These hard times shall soon pass and we'll all be free to run outside again. But for now, let's keep ourself and our family safe by staying at Home !
Here's some good news to motivate you to #KeepRunning@Home
Register for FREE to participate in the #StayHomeStayHealthyMarathon (SHHM) on Friday, 10th April 2020.
All registered Finishers ( minimum 5km ) will get an online Finisher's Certificate.
The First 500 registered Finishers( min 5K ) and all 16 KM (10 Mile) / 21KM /32 KM (20 Mile) / 42 KM Finishers will also receive Finishers Medals by Post !!!
( subject to verification of their submitted data.
Medals will be couriered once the situation normalises. )
Keep Running Indoors.
(Satara Runners Foundation)