Do you know why we call our modern marathon a marathon?
You may think you know the real story behind the very first marathon, but in this captivating, inspiring tale, gives us a deeper look at the man who, 2,500 years ago, ran the first ULTRAmarathon and, in doing so, effectively saved Western civilization. :)
The book reminds me of by . Both feature incredible human beings performing heroic feats of endurance during times of war. And, both take place in Greece. Natural Born Heroes during the Cretan resistance fighting of World War II and Road to Sparta in 490 BCE at the Battle of Marathon.
Dean Karnazes is a fascinating human.
Time magazine recognized him as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World while Men’s Health says he’s one of the 100 Fittest Men of All Time. He’s competed on all seven continents, including a 350-mile run, a 135-mile ultramarathon across Death Valley, and a marathon to the South Pole in negative 40 degrees. In 2006, he ran 50 marathons, in all 50 US states, in 50 consecutive days, finishing with the NYC Marathon, which he completed in three hours flat. <— Uh, wow.
I’m excited to share a few of my favorites so let’s jump straight in! (Note: Spoiler alert!!! I’ll be sharing some of the surprises in the book so… :)
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