Goodie In Greece

gone greek

The Original

on November 12, 2013

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42 kilometers of blood, sweat, and tears… or just sweat for the really in-shape runners! More than 11,000 runners from nearly 100 countries completed this year’s race. The winner came from Kenya — and he completed the full marathon in well under the time it took me to complete the half marathon. 🙂 The final stretch of the route comes within a block of our apartment, and it is a truly awe-inspiring event to watch.  Several Americans from the Embassy even completed the course, everyone from former professional athletes to relative athletic rookies. So exceedingly impressed by and proud of everyone!

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Historical context: The marathon was instituted to honor the Greek soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens to proclaim victory over the invading Persians in 490 BC. It is said that he collapsed and died after reaching Athens and announcing the news of Greek victory.

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