The Battle of Marathon was an exceptional achievement for the Greeks over the numerically superior Persians . To send news of this signal victory to Athens , Pheidippides was sent to inform them which required crossing a distance of approximately 25 miles – the approximate distance from Marathon to Athens .
To celebrate this victory the Marathon race was run annually and is now synonymous with a great achievement .
The Marathon Race of today eventually became fixed at 26 miles 385 yards in length .

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