Since a bunch of completely naked Athenians started the Olympics in 776 BC, running has always been a significant event in the world of sport. In fact, running itself is such a fundamental aspect of the Olympics that it’s even paid tribute to in the official Olympic motto: “Faster, Higher, Stronger” (translated from the Latin – “Citius, Altius, Fortius”).
Like London 2012 before it, Rio 2016 will prove to be no exception on the running front. Sprint, middle-distance, steeple-chase, and long-distance; think of a running event, and you can bet your running shoes that it’s happening at this summer’s Olympics. To get you right up to speed with all-things running at the Olympics, we’ve put together this essential guide of what the events are and the history behind them.