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[[File:1896 Olympic marathon.jpg|thumbnail|370 px|left|Three runners training for the first marathon in 1896.]]
The marathon is seen today as grueling long-distance, usually over 26-mile race. Marathon's battle fought between the Greek and Persian armies, and the resulting run by a Greek warrior to tell the victory is usually cited as the origin of this sport. While there is truth in this story, the history of the marathon is complex and its presence in many major world cities shows it still stands as one of the great events that tests human will and skill.
====From Ancient to the Modern Olympics====