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Athenian messenger Pheidippides
Died 30 years before the birth of Thucydides
Most famous hemerodrome day-runner
Ran a 300-mile ultramarathon stunner

 

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6/24/2022

"Many runners are familiar with the story surrounding the origins of the modern marathon. As the well-worn legend goes, after the badly outnumbered Greeks somehow managed to drive back the Persians who had invaded the coastal plain of Marathon, an Athenian messenger named Pheidippides was dispatched from the battlefield to Athens to deliver the news of Greek victory. After running about 25 miles to the Acropolis, he burst into the chambers and gallantly hailed his countrymen with “Nike! Nike! Nenikekiam” (“Victory! Victory! Rejoice, we conquer!”). And then he promptly collapsed from exhaustion and died. Turns out, however, the story is bigger than that. Much bigger." -"The Real Pheidippides Story" by Dean Karnazes in Runners World

The Real Pheidippides Athenian messenger Pheidippides Died 30 years before the birth of Thucydides Most famous hemerodrome day-runner Ran a 300-mile ultramarathon stunner

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Date: 7/15/2022 7:43:00 AM
Nicely presented. Clever and informative! :) Linda
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Mark Toney
Date: 7/15/2022 9:57:00 AM
Thank you, Linda! It means a lot.
Date: 7/2/2022 10:43:00 AM
this is REALLY cool clerihew writing, Mark. Cleverly written.
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Date: 7/2/2022 3:36:00 PM
REALLY cool comment, Andrea! :) Thank you!
Date: 7/1/2022 3:58:00 PM
Your clerihew presented is an interesting historical tid bit. Bruce Jenner comes to mind, Olympic decathlon winner!
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Date: 7/1/2022 4:51:00 PM
Great comment, Anaya! I remember the moment well, 46 years ago today, on July 1, 1976, when Bruce Jenner won a record-setting decathlon in the Montreal Olympic Games. I wrote this poem as a complement to my 2022 Poetry Marathon contest. Thanks for stopping by!
Date: 6/26/2022 12:35:00 AM
Woah interesting poem eh, well rhymed with historic terms and names i didnt know of. Kudos! ^^^^^^^^^^^^>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<~~~~~~~ Plz also read and comment on my newest poem too.
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Mark Toney
Date: 6/26/2022 9:28:00 AM
Greetings, S.zaynab Kamoonpuri. Thanks for stopping by with your encouraging assessment of my clerihew. I'll be headed your way after running a few errands. Cheers!