The sport of track and field, as an organized event that is recorded in history, dates back to the ancient Greeks and the Olympic Games of 776 B.C. The stadion, a 600-foot race, was won by a man named Koroibos. However, the sport possibly existed even prior to this time in Greece.
These early running races, which included the stadion, dolchos and diaulos, were events in the first 13 Greek Olympics. Although the marathon involves running, it was not part of the original Olympic Games. It was introduced in the 1896 Olympic Games.
Track and field began to flourish in modern times during the 1860s, and the first competition events began in England in 1866. Today, track and field is a popular sport event where men, women and children can compete.