The long and bizarre history of the Olympic marathon — Quartz

Established as a tribute to an Ancient Greek legend, the Olympics made the marathon the global participatory sport it is today. In its history, the marathon has transformed ordinary men through chance and circumstance into heroes and villains, a succession of strange and endearing stories that encapsulate the highs and lows of the Olympic dream.…

via The long and bizarre history of the Olympic marathon — Quartz

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