Other Thoughts marathoners wait at a starting line at the anchorage mayor's marathon

Start to Finish Lessons from My First Marathon

Odds are you’ve heard the marathon origin story in one form or another. According to legend, an Athenian messenger traveled the modern-day marathon distance of 26.2 miles to announce victory over the invading Persian army before dying on the spot. The first historical account, written by Herodotus, tells a slightly different story.

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