In contrary to the Marathon races in various cities worldwide, the participants of the Marathon race in Athens take part in perpetuation the heroic story about Pheidippides, the messenger of the Greek army who was sent from Marathon to Athens in order to inform the victory of the Greek army upon the Persian army. According to the legend he screamed "Victory" and dropped dead.
The participants run in the original historic course from Marathon to Athens, 42.195 km (26 miles 385 yards). The race starts at the old battle field in Marathon, through Athens suburbs and ends in Panathinaikon Stadium.
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