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The Idea

 The Marathon is more than a Race is an idea that unites the world.  People come together for a lifetime experience of will-power, endurance and joy. All started at 1894. 

 
14 centuries after Pheidippides run, a French professor became the man behind the idea and revival of this challenging act. 
 
Michel Breal suggested to Baron Pierre de Coubertin who was vigorously trying to establish the birth of the Modern Olympic Games in 1896 in Athens to include the race of Pheidippides as the “Marathon Race”, this way, said Breal, Modern Olympic Games will have something of the ancient glory of Greece. 
Breal also created a silver cup to be awarded to the winner of the first Marathon.
 
The enthusiasm of the revival of Olympic Games in Athens became even greater when Spyros Louis, a Greek water-carrier entered the Olympic Stadium as the winner of the Marathon Race. 
 
The same stadium, Panathenaic Stadium is the finish line of the annual Athens Marathon, the Authentic. 
 
The Silver Cup, was acquired in an auction held at Christie’s on 18 April 2012 by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (video) and will be displayed in the Acropolis Museum foyer until April 2016, with free entry during Museum opening hours.
 
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