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The lunacy of the long-distance runner

The Economist
The lunacy of the long-distance runner

Every year, a growing number of runners meet in Athens to run all the way down to Sparta. 245 kilometers, almost 6 consecutive marathons, give or take nonstop running, to be completed in under 36 hours (the winner clocks at a cool 26 hours). The Economist has a nice read on the Spartathlon, centered around a British amateur runner who completed the race for the third time last year. Next time, he vows, weโ€™ll come back, but not to run from Athens to Sparta again. But to run from Athens to Sparta โ€“ and back.


From Weekly Filet #100, in August 2014.

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