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  • Writer's pictureDr. Gregory Lowe PT, DPT, cert. MDT, CSCS

Ever Wonder Why the Marathon is 26.2 Miles?



In honor of the biggest running weekend in WNY, I figured I'd give a little history on the first ever marathon for those who may curious....


The initial idea for the marathon came from the legend of an ancient Greek messenger who ran from Marathon to Athens (a distance of about 40kM or 25 miles) delivering news of a victory in battle in 490 B.C.


The first recorded marathon was run in the Athens Olympics in 1896 (the first Olympic Games in the modern era) in honor of the heroic effort of the Greek messenger - the distance of this race was set right around 25 miles.


The first Boston Marathon was run just one year later in 1897 which is one of the reasons why Boston is such a historic race.


Interestingly, the marathon was increased to 26.2 miles during the 1908 London Olympics when the Queen requested that the start line be moved to the East Lawn of the Windsor Castle so the royal children would be able to spectate from their residence.


And ever since then, 26.2 miles has been the official standard length of the marathon as we know it today.


It's estimated that approximately 1.1 million people run a marathon each year which is only about 0.01% of the global population...pretty impressive if you ask me!


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Photo of Coach Mackenzie after winning the Buffalo Half Marathon in 2018!

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