The start and finish are in the stadium. Competitors are allowed to have food and drink at the 7 miles (11 km) mark and thereafter 6 more times at every 3 miles (5 km) point. Sponging and water are available at intervals (2-3 kms) between feeding points, if weather conditions warrant such provisions. A competitor may carry his own food but that has to be approved by the committee
History of Marathon
Marathon comes from the name of a Greek messenger named Pheidippides. Legends have it that Pheidippides was sent from the warfront of Marathon to Athens so that he could announce their victory in the battle against the Persians, which took place in 490 BC in August and September. He ran all the way from Marathon to Athens and burst into assembly declaring "We have won" before collapsing and dying. The Marathon run is conducted in memory of Pheidippides.
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