Probably one of the least likely places to look for…
Rome Marathon will start March 17, 2013. Start-finish line is Via dei Fori Imperiali, Colosseum area. The 42,195km unleashing run is as usual accompanied by La Stracittadina Roma Fun run (4,7km). This smaller non-competitive run is open to every one with out age limit.
Marathon Village 14-15-16 March 2013
Time: 10:00 – 20:00
Piazza J.F.Kennedy, 1 Rome
In 490 BC, Thersipus of Erchius run from Marathon to Athens; to announce Persians had been defeated. The messenger, run all the way to Athens non-stop, said “We have won!” and collapsed on the ground.
This is the legend, the modern marathon competition claims origins.
In Greece, Messengers like Thersipus, were important in conveying messages and thus were raised with great enthusiasm, care and training.
The first official marathon race was conducted in 1896 Athens Olympics. French philosopher, Micheal Breal is believed to have influenced his friend Pierre de Coubertin (one of the main contributors to modern Olympic competitions) to include marathon in the olympics.
Today, marathon has the largest number of participants as per race, ten of thousands in a single competition.