Originally Posted by Purple Rainbow
Is the finish in front of Buckingham palace as well? You're right, the finish should be in the stadium.
Isn't it true that the marathon used to be 42k, but that the race has been extended with 195 meters because a British queen (Elizabeth 1?) wanted to see the start from Buckingham palace?
Just saw a Saudi prince compete in the equestrian (jumping).
It's always nice to see royalty compete in sports as well, though no one can top prince Albert crashing in the bobsled.
Highly unlikely, since Elisabeth I lived and reigned three centuries before the modern marathon race was conceived and one century before Buckingham Palace was built.
It went like this: during the early years of modern olympics, marathons were 40km long. In London 1908, the course was altered to use a different entrance to the olympic stadium, so the course was longer: 26 miles and 385 yards, or 42 kilometres and 195 metres. The IAAF made that distance the official one in 1921.
The race finishes where it starts today, at The Mall.