Pheidippedes

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Pheidippedes was a Greek messenger reputed to have run from Marathon to Athens in 490 BC to tell the Athenians they had won the battle against the Persians[1]. In legend, Pheidippedes was reputed to have said "Rejoice, we conquer!" and then dropped dead of exhaustion. The modern-day race known as the marathon commemorates his twenty-six mile run.

References

  1. http://www.coolrunning.co.nz/articles/2002a007.html
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