Marathon History

Marathon is one of the most popular sport events. The most popular marathons in the world gather people of various ages on the start line. The marathon is an athletic event with an official running distance of 42,195 kilometers. In addition to the standard distance, there are other distances for runners: half marathon (21,097 km), 5 km race and kids marathon. The men’s marathon was included to the athletics program of the Olympic Games since 1896 and women's one – since 1984. 

 

The name Marathon comes from the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek messenger. The legend states that he was sent from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated in the Battle of Marathon, which took place in 490 BC. It is said that he ran the entire distance without stopping and burst into the assembly, announcing the victory, right before collapsing and dying. The Greek historian Herodotus mentions Pheidippides as the messenger who ran from Athens to Sparta asking for help, and then ran back a distance of over 230 kilometres in less than two days.

 

In 1896, The International Olympic Committee has measured the length of the actual distance from the battlefield at Marathon to Athens; it was found to be 34.5 km. At the first modern Olympics held in 1896 and in 2004 Olympics, the marathon actually took place on the distance laid from Marathon to Athens. 

 

The idea of a marathon race came from Michel Bréal in 1896. This idea was heavily supported by Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympics, as well as by the Greek organizers. The first marathon race was won by Charilaos Vasilakos who covered that distance in 3 hours and 18 minutes.

 

Since the first modern Olympic Games (1896) men's marathon is the final event on the athletics program. The loyalty to this tradition was observed at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

The Baku Marathon 2019 will delight the marathoners with gifts

19 Apr 2019 News
The Baku Marathon 2019 to be organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation will be held on May 5, Trend reports referring to the Heydar Aliyev Foundation on March 1.

The major goal of the Baku Marathon 2019 is to promote sports, healthy lifestyle in Azerbaijan and unite people in their pursuit of good intents.

Held for the fourth time, this year’s Marathon retains its motto: Win the Wind.

The Baku Marathon 2019 will start at the National Flag Square and run 21 kilometers all the way to the Baku Olympic Stadium.

The rewards of the "Baku Marathon-2019" will be in several categories. Male and female marathon participants will compete for the first three places separately. The winner of the 1st place in each category of men and women will be awarded with prizes and gifts, as well as medals and certificates, in the amount of 3 000 AZN, the winner of the second place - 2 000 AZN and the winner of the 3rd place - 1 000 AZN .
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Sign up for a marathon and represent your companies in the Istanbul Marathon

19 Apr 2019 News
The winner of the 1st place in each category of men and women will be awarded with prizes and gifts, as well as medals and certificates, in the amount of 3 000 AZN, the winner of the second place - 2 000 AZN and the winner of the 3rd place - 1 000 AZN.
Baku Marathon - 2019, that encourages individual companies to support healthy lifestyles also did not forget the corporate runners.
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Sign up for a marathon, enjoy an unforgettable vacation in Disneyland!

19 Apr 2019 News
This year, the Organizing Committee has set up a special prize for the students, considering that most of the registered marathon participants are students. Thus, students who pass the finish line first (in the category of men and women) will enjoy an unforgettable vacation in Paris, Disneyland. The award, which will be awarded on behalf of Azercell's "GencOl" package, includes a five-day journey, hotel stay, and entry to Disneyland. Besides, Turkish Airlines will present a roundtrip ticket to the winners. Visa application and other costs must be met by the participants themselves. 
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