Tues August 30th, 1904: Why NOT start an Olympic marathon in the middle of a hot summer afternoon? Because people aren’t going to finish. It was a complete disaster.
Some of the marathon contestants before the 1904 race.
Wikipedia: 1904 Summer Olympics Marathon-The Facts
Buzzfeed.com: Weird Historical Events
Smithsonian.com: 1904 Olympic Marathon May Have Been The Strangest Ever (they’re not wrong. It was a disaster.)