In 490 BC a Greek foot-messenger was dispatched to Athens from the battlefield of Marathon to tell of the defeat of the invading Persian military (Ed.: Or did he?). After arriving in the capital city and proclaiming, “Nike!” (victory), the exhausted runner collapsed to his death. His name was Pheidippides, and the lore of his accomplishment stays with us today.
This year marks the 2,500-Year Anniversary of his heroic undertaking. The Athens Classic Marathon took place on October 31st, which happens to correspond with Halloween.
Let me tell you, I have a new appreciation for what Pheidippides did having run in all they did back in the day!
Long run Pheidippides!