# Why is a marathon 26.2 miles?

# Why is the London marathon 26.2 miles?

Because the standard distance of a marathon is 26.2 miles or 42.195 kilometers and all marathons that have international competition use that distance.

# Why is the marathon 26.2 miles long?

The distance from the start of the Marathon to the finish at the stadium was established at the 1908 Olympic Games in London. The original distance of 25 miles was changed to …26 miles so the marathon could start at Windsor Castle and then changed again at the request of Princess Mary so the start would be beneath the windows of the Royal Nursery. To ensure that the race would finish in the front of the King, the finish line was moved by British officials who, in response to shot putter and American flag carrier Ralph Rose's refusal to dip the American flag before the Royal Box during the opening ceremony, "felt compelled to restore the importance of the monarchy." As a result of these changes, the marathon covered a distance of 26 miles 385 yards (42.195 km), which became the standard length starting with the 1924 Summer Olympics.

# Why are marathons 26.2 miles?

It comes from the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek messenger. According to the legend he was sent from the battlefield of a place called Marathon to Athens to announce that the… Persians had been defeated in the Battle of Marathon. This took place in August or September 490 BC. The legend tells that he ran the whole distance without stopping and then burst into an assembly and exclaimed "We have won" and then collapsed and died. The distance which he ran is 26.2 miles and that is why the marathon is that distance.

# Why is the NYC Marathon 26.2 miles long?

Cause that's how long a marathon is.

# Why is a marathon race 26.2 mi long?

The length of a marathon was not fixed at first, since the only important factor was that all athletes competed on the same course. The marathon races in the first few Olympic… Games were not of a set length, but were approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi), [12] roughly the distance from Marathon to Athens by the longer, flatter route. The exact length of the Olympic marathon varied depending on the route established for each venue. The standard distance for the marathon race was set by the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) in May 1921 [13] [14] at a distance of 42.195 kilometres (26 miles 385 yards). Rule 240 of their Competition Rules specifies the metric version of this distance. [15] This seemingly arbitrary distance was that adopted for the marathon at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London . At a meeting of the International Olympic Committee in The Hague in May 1907 it was agreed with the British Olympic Association that the 1908 Olympics would include a marathon of about 25 miles or 40 kilometres. [16] In November 1907 a route of about that distance was published in the newspapers, starting at Windsor Castle and finishing at the Olympic Stadium, the Great White City Stadium in Shepherd's Bush in London. [17] There were protests about the final few miles because of tram-lines and cobbles, so the route was revised to cross the rough ground of Wormwood Scrubs . This lengthened the route, as did plans to make the start 700 yards (640 m) from Queen Victoria 's statue by Windsor Castle , and it was decided to fix the distance at 26 miles (42 km) to the stadium, plus a lap of the track (586 yards, 2 feet), [17] using the Royal Entrance as the marathon tunnel, and finishing in front of the Royal Box.

# What is a 26.2 mile marathon called?

it's simple. it says it in the question, it's marathon.

# A marathon runner ran the 26.2 miles Chicago marathon in 2.2 hours.Show that at least twice the runner was running at exactly 11mph?

The average speed is (approximately) 11.9 mph. Therefore, the maximum speed is greater than 11 mph. If we assume that the runner was stopped at the beginning and at the en…d of the race, then she (or he) must have been going 11 mph. at least twice, once when accelerating from 0 to 11 mph., and again when slowing down. Since many marathons feature a mass start, and the runner may well have run past the finish line, this answer may be true only in theory. "In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is." - Yogi Berra - "Things that work in theory don't necessarily work in practice; and things that work in practice don't always work in the game." - H. Lukin Robinson -

# Marathon distance is 26.2 miles.what is the distance in miles and yards?

It is exactly 26 miles and 385 yards (1155 feet).

# Why is the Boston Marathon 26.2 miles long?

It's 26.2 miles long because that's how long a marathon is that's why it's called the Boston Marathon.

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# Why was the length of the Olympic marathon changed in 1908 from 26 miles to 26.2 miles?

The length of a marathon was not fixed in 1908. When London was awarded the games, the race was advertised as about 25 miles or 40 kilometres. When it was decided to start the… race near Windsor Castle, and run past Eton and Harrow (famous public schools), it was obvious that it would be more like 26 miles. Mile markers from the start were cemented in place before the stadium was finished, so although the course of the race was known, its exact distance wasn't. In the end it turned out to be 26 miles 385 yards, or 42.195 metres. The next two Olympics used different distances, but the London one became standard during a meeting of the IAAF in 1921.

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# How many kilometers is a marathon 26.2 miles?

26.2 miles = 42.195 km

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# The winner of a marathon ran 26.2 mi in 2 h 14 minute find the average number of minutes for each mile.?

Just divide theinutes by the miles. Get the minutes by multiplying 2 hrs by 60 min/hr plus 14 minutes to get 134 mins 134/26.2=5.11 mins/mi Which is really fast for a mar…athon

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# How many kilometeres in a 26.2 marathon?

42.195K

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# Why is a marathon 26.2 miles emphisis on the 2. why 2?

In modern times, the marathon began as a 25 -mile race. At the 1908 Olympic Games in London, an extra 1 mile 385 yards was added so that the race could finish in front of … the royal family's viewing box. This is the origin of the Marathon tradition of shouting "God save the Queen!" (or other words relating to the Queen) as mile post 24 is passed.