What to know about the marathon at the Tokyo Olympics

Galen Rupp crosses the finish line to win the U.S. Olympic marathon trials in February 2020. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

While the men’s marathon has been a staple of the Olympics since the first modern Games in 1896, women were not allowed to run the 26.2-mile race until the 1984 Summer Games, which were held in Los Angeles. Now both the men’s and women’s races are among the most anticipated events on the Olympic calendar.

Here’s what to know about this year’s marathon at the Tokyo Olympics.

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