In our previous blog about the origins of the Marathon we discovered that this test of human endurance has its roots - like so many other things - in Ancient Greece. But for more than 2000 years this legend remained almost exclusive to scholars of Greek antiquity studying the old writings of Herodotus and Plutarch.
The famous English poet Robert Browning was the first one to bring the story back into spotlight in the year 1879, by writing the poem Pheidippides which - even though historically inaccurate - drew attention once again to our young Greek messenger.
In the 21st century running a Marathon has become many people's passion. It's quite challenging and requires a lot of preparation - but in the end it's something to be proud of and a sign of strength and willpower. But many of us might stumble upon the slightly odd distance of 42.195 kilometers which raises the question if it couldn't have been just an even number. And where does the name Marathon come from anyway? Delving into the origins of one of the most popular activities of recent years reveals an inspiring story of determination and devotion.