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A month or so ago, Cousin Dave told me that the story of the marathon isn't really true. The story I knew was that some dude ran from Marathon to Athens to deliver a message and died upon arrival. And that today's marathon is the same distance of 26.2 miles. Turns out that Cousin Dave is right and there's very little truth to that story.
According to MarathonGuide.com, some guy (Philippides, not Pheidippides) actually ran 150 miles from Athens to Sparta and back to ask for the Spartans' help in battle. And he didn't even die. Well he died eventually, I'm sure, but not because of the 150 mile run in 2 days.