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Must know about History Marathon

As legend has it, the marathon race started when a Greek man named Pheidippides ran from the battleground at Marathon to Athens without stopping for a breath to inform the citizens that the Persians had been defeated in battle. Right after he announced the news, he died on the spot. This Herculean effort has since been recognized by people over the world and was one of the first sports to be accepted at the Olympics in 1896.

Marathons grew to be so popular, regional competitions had to be organized. One of the most popular of these regional competitions is the Boston Marathon, which started in 1897, after the popularity of the marathon in the 1896 Athens Olympics. The other regional variants include the New York City Marathon, which started in 1970, the Berlin Marathon which started in 1974, the Chicago Marathon which started in 1977, the London Marathon which started in 1981 and the Tokyo Marathon which started in 2007. This explosion in popularity of the marathon in the United States has been attributed to the victory of the American Johnny Hayes in the 1908 Summer Olympics.

When participants receive their one-of-a-kind medals, it helps to motivate them to complete more. Although the reward of coming in the first three spots does help to motivate a lot of the runners, receiving marathon medals gives them an even greater incentive to try harder the next time. After all, the prize money will run out sooner or later. A medal is a nice visual reminder of the triumph. Medals are usually placed in a high visibility location in people’s homes – it has a great psychological effect on us. It motivates us to try our best, not in just marathons, but in other spheres of life as well. Since the medals are on display, others will also get to know about what you have achieved.