After the battle, the Athenians realised that the Persians wereabout to capture Athens which was undefended in their absence atthe battlefield. The Athenian army ran back the 26 miles to thecity to defend it, and this run by 18,000 Athenians was the modelfor today’s marathon run at sporting events. Of course today’srunners don’t do it in sandals carrying weapons and armour.

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