Along time ago there was a war in Marathon it was between the Greeks and the Persians. At the very end Greece had won the battle so they sent a boy to send a message to Athens. His name was Pheidippides. He ran for 42.2 kilometers.
As Pheidippides was running, it was summer he had no water, toilet or food. There were rocky mountain and massive hills and rocks on the ground with sharp rocks. He kept on running until he made it to Athen.
As Pheidippides arrived he shouted “Joy we won” he shouted to the King and the Queen. Suddenly he died out of dehydration.
So that’s why we call it in the Marathon so that we could remember about Phedippides.