Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Athletics Marathon Tickets

Athletics Marathon is a long-distance running event that is run as a road race generally. Standard distance for the marathon is 42.195 km (26 miles and 385 yards). International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) manages marathon worldwide.

The name Marathon comes from the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek messenger. The legend states that he was sent from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated in the Battle of Marathon. The Greek historian Herodotus, the main source for the Greco-Persian Wars, mentions Pheidippides as the messenger who ran from Athens to Sparta asking for help, and then ran back, a distance of over 240 kilometres (150 mi)  each way. In some Herodotus manuscripts the name of the runner between Athens and Sparta is given as Philippides. 

Herodotus makes no mention of a messenger sent from Marathon to Athens, and relates that the main part of the Athenian army, having already fought and won the grueling battle, and fearing a naval raid by the Persian fleet against an undefended Athens, marched quickly back from the battle to Athens, arriving the same day.

When the idea of a modern Olympics became a reality at the end of the 19th century, the initiators and organizers were looking for a great popularizing event, recalling the ancient glory of Greece. This idea was heavily supported by Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympics, as well as the Greeks . The idea of organizing a marathon race came from Michel Bréal, who wanted the event to feature in the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 in Athens.

The marathon of the 2004 Summer Olympics revived the traditional route from Marathon to Athens, ending at Panathinaiko Stadium, the venue for the 1896 Summer Olympics.The women's marathon was introduced at the 1984 Summer Olympics (Los Angeles, USA) and was won by Joan Benoit of the United States with a time of 2 hours 24 minutes and 52 seconds.

London 2012 Olympic will witness Marathon event being run on Sunday 5 August 2012 and Sunday 12 August 2012 at The Mall, London. 2 medals will be up for grabs for athletes running in Marathon. Olympic Athletics Marathon Tickets are available on Sport Ticket Exchange for nominal price. Athletics fans can buy Athletics Marathon Tickets from Sport Ticket Exchange for reasonably priced. Sport Ticket Exchange fast and secure source for buying and selling sport tickets especially Olympic Tickets.

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