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The first marathon


The marathon is a 42km race! It was first run 2,500 years ago. Find out about the history of this race.

Story developed by Cambridge English Online

Tell us about running! 

  • Do you like running?
  • How far can you run?
  • Do you know anybody who has run a marathon?
  • Do you like watching running races on the television?


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RedClarinetForest's picture

preety good

TurquoiseBirdBubble's picture

It is very important to learn about history from now, cause it tell us a lot of how ancient people used to live, and the origin of many things of diary use. In this case, it tell us about the origin of the marathon, something that isn't from other world and we have ever heard of, do you think so? I don't want to be a nerd or a party pooper, but it is up to you how you want to learn and, maybe, you could became famous for a simple thing like this.

GoldFashionTeam's picture

In the beginning of the video we watch a Persian who wants to capture Athens. The video shows he dreams of Parthenon but this is not correct. The Marathon battle was in 490 B.C. but the Parthenon was built in 438 B.C. There is a mistake in the video.

MissInternetEarth's picture

Hi GoldFashionTeam,
Yes, you're right - well spotted! The Persian soldier could not have dreamt about the Parthenon in 490 BC because it wasn't built. I'm sorry we can't change the video but thank you for telling us about this mistake.

Best wishes,
LearnEnglish Kids team
PrincessHarpSwan's picture

I feel sorry for the for the mesenger.Atleast he died in peace....:-(

BubblySilverRabbit's picture

so cool

RedRapRap's picture

The story was very interesting...

LadyDJForever's picture

 what is it?

BronzeFluteMermaid's picture

I didn't understand it...