See him running down the streeting,
Hear the beating of his feeting,
Beating, beating, beating, beating;
He runs slower down the streeting,
Hear the thudding of his feeting,
Thudding hard, miles defeating;
See him stumbling down the streeting,
Hear no more his feet beat, beating,
Breathing hard, his strength is fleeting;
Slowing, gasping, feet repeating,
Finish near, his run completing,
Carrying the victors' greeting.
In 490 b.c.e, an army from Athens and Sparta defeated the Persian invaders at the Battle of Marathon. Legend has it, that a soldier named Pheidippides, brought news of the victory, running from Marathon to Athens. When the modern Olympics were re-introduced in 1896, the great-grandfather of today's race was named Marathon, in honor of that victory.