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C. Flower
26-10-2010, 09:59 AM
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2010/1026/1224282004624.html

The Dublin Marathon yesterday must have been a lovely day. Both the time records and the record for the number taking part were broken.

Did anyone go, or take part ?

The Marathon is a very demanding event, that causes temporary heart damage and has a semi-mythic association with heroism and sacrifice.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marathon


The event was instituted in commemoration of the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pheidippides), a messenger from the Battle of Marathon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Marathon) (the namesake of the race) to Athens (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athens). The historical accuracy of this legend is in doubt,[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marathon#cite_note-Prologue-0) contradicted by accounts given by Herodotus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herodotus), in particular.[2] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marathon#cite_note-1) The marathon was one of the original modern Olympic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_Games) events in 1896, though the distance did not become standardized until 1921. More than 500 marathons are contested throughout the world each year, with the vast majority of competitors being recreational athletes. Larger marathons can have tens of thousands of participants.[3] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marathon#cite_note-marathon-world.com-2)
The mens' marathon was introduced into the modern Olympics in their early days, in 1986. Women were not allowed to run until 1984, for fear apparently that bits of them might drop off.

While on holiday on a small Greek island once, I read about a local woman who had run the marathon in the Olympics, illegally, in her long skirts in the 1920s, I think.

I've walked and swum a good bit, but never done any longer distance running and look on in awe. Congratulations to everyone who tackled it yesterday.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/images/boundedtile/2010/1026/1224282004624_1.jpg

DCon
26-10-2010, 10:41 AM
I ran one a few years ago. Never again!!

oibal60
26-10-2010, 02:21 PM
Have done one every year for the past 11 years and plan to continue until I "can't".
Truly an awesome experience.

Gerry
(New York)

Rich
26-10-2010, 02:30 PM
Have done one every year for the past 11 years and plan to continue until I "can't".
Truly an awesome experience.

Gerry
(New York)

Well done that man.

I did one once, never again. In fairness I was also playing as a prop and close to 18 Stone at the time so I should have gotten a head start or something.

Anyway I think the winners were on their plane home before I finished. Very glad I did it though.