The famous marathon that we know of today started in Greece! The first marathon actually took place at the Battle of Marathon. The Greeks won because of Pheideppes who greatly affected the war. After the Greek army defeated the Persian army, the commander, Miltiades, told his messenger to send word to Athens that the Persians were headed their way. Pheideppes ran the distance between Marathon and Athens he delivered the message that the Persians were on their way. The marathon was born after his famous run!