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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