Buenos Aires Marathon history

The Legend Marathon origin dates back to the wars between the Persians and Athenians, of which are true-in the case of the Battle of Marathon, exactly 2500 years in 2010. The same legend is concentrated in the feat of the soldier Pheidippides, who ran from the scene of the battle to the gates of Athens (about 40 km.) To communicate victory over the Persian fleet of Darius.

By establishing the Olympic Games of the modern era in Athens (1896), also established himself as one of the highlights, which usually closes the event, the marathon, the first champion was just a peasant Greek, Spyridon Louie.

But the currently governing official distance (42,195 meters) was from the London Olympics in 1908.

It should be noted that five years ago, the city of Buenos Aires had counted on-the-today is considered his first marathon race: was organized by the National Association Physical Exercises with start and finish in the Florida Garden (today is Paraguay and Florida), reaching Olives and returning. It happened on October 4, 1903, attended by 30 athletes and won Claudio Peralta with 3h02m10s.

On May 5, 1910, about 40.2 km. selective test was held for the Centenary (won by Ceferino Legria in 3h12m00s). And on 24 May, on the eve of the big celebration Centenaro Patria by the May Revolution took place in the dance marathon land Sociedad Sportiva Argentina. She participated nothing less than Dorando Pietri-the “uncrowned champion” of the London Games and true myth of distance, who scored 2h38m49s, followed by the Spanish Antonio Creuz with Argentine Anibal 2h45m56s and 2h54m09s Carraro with.

Notable tradition Argentina

Those tests with a glorious history of Argentina in marathon tradition, which includes two Olympic champions (Juan Carlos Zabala in Los Angeles 1932 and 1948 London Delfo Cabrera) and a runner (Reinaldo Gorno in Helsinki 1952), and numerous titles at Pan American, Latin American and American, and relevant names, ranging from José Ribas, Raul Ibarra, Osvaldo Suarez and, more recently, Antonio Silius, the first Argentine to run the distance below 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Buenos Aires, along the history, marathons hosted relevance as the first Pan American Games (1951) and several South American Championships (the last one in 1967).

With the “boom” of running global emerged in the late ’80s and the professionalization of the sport, also Buenos Aires was incorporated. Adidas promoted the realization of the city’s annual marathon since 1984 and, in late 90, the organization was undertaken by different entities. Despite the economic and political vicissitudes, almost able to maintain its continuity (not only ran in 2002).

In 2003, Rhea Foundation took on the challenge of placing Buenos Aires on the world map of marathons and to promote career development, as well as the formation of new generations of runners. For the 900 participants of the original edition, climbed to 2,400 in the next year and 2,700 in 2005. Already in 2006 it reached 3,500. In 2007 and 2008 the test took off in Parque Roca, to arrive at the Children’s Park (in Nunez). And in 2009 there was a new organizational step, and over 10 thousand runners-between the marathon and the half marathon, many of them from other countries, encouraged an unforgettable day, which included the South American Championship marathon.

From that edition established a new official measurement circuit IAAF by Rodolfo Eichler and collaboration of Charles Moskos, which crosses the main tourist attractions of the city.

The technical quality of the test and the increasing participation made this marathon was regarded as “the best of South America” in 2009 (see “Athletics.com”).