Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Running from Marathon to Athens

On Sunday, October 31, Vincenzo joined 20,000 runners in the Athens Classic Marathon. This year marked 2500 years since the 42km distance was first covered by a Greek messenger running from Marathon to Athens to spread word of victory in battle.

This is Vincenzo finishing the race in the Panathinaiko Stadium, used for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 - the Games that saw the introduction of the competitive marathon race. (Vincenzo’s time was 3:47:10.)

Here are two versions of the “original” finish in 490 BC.
“The Soldier of Marathon Announcing the Victory.”
Marble sculpture by Jean-Pierre Corlot (1787-1843).

“We Have Won.”
Oil painting by Oliver Merson (1846-1920).


laurent said...

Boy, did you see the legs on that boy! Complimenti Vincenzo.

Bill B said...

Congratulations Vincenzo!