【www.5ykj.com - 莲山课件】Workbook Task 1: Leading-in Do you know there is an event called “Marathon”? Do you think there was such an event in ancient Olympics? The Marathon was a modern event that was first introduced. in the 1896 Olympic Games. The distance is 26 miles 385 yards or 42,195 kilometres. It’s a race in honor of Phidippides, an ancient runner. In the 5th century B.C, the Persians attacked Greece at Marathon near Athens.