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Michael’s Greek Tours will drive you to Marathon, where the Athenians fought the Persians in a very decisive battle, and every year the whole world joins the Greek runners to run the Marathon race to commemorate the Athenian victory over the Persians. The Battle of Marathon during the Greco-Persian Wars took place in 490 BC and was the culmination of the first attempt by the Achaemenid Empire of Persia, under King Darius I, to subjugate Greece.

The official distance of the race is 42,195 kilometers (26 miles 385 yards). The event is named after the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens.

The Marathon was one of the original modern Olympic events in 1896, though the distance did not become standardized until 1921. More than 800 marathons are contested throughout the world each year, with the vast majority of competitors being recreational athletes. Larger marathons can have tens of thousands of participants.

This tour will end with Michael’s Greek Tours taking you back to your Hotel or Ship thus ending another of our tours, a day you will never forget.

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