The Road to Sparta by Dean Karnazes

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9781760295325
Published:
04 Jan 2018
Format:
Paperback
Number of pages:
xiii, 289 pages
Dimensions:
200x130x25mm
Weight:
0.300kgs
Author:
In 490 BC, Pheidippides ran for 36 hours straight from Athens to Sparta to seek help in defending Athens from a Persian invasion in the Battle of Marathon. In doing so, he both saved Greece and inspired the birth of the marathon as we know it. Even now, some 2500 years later, that run stands enduringly as one of greatest physical accomplishments in the history of mankind. Ultramarathon runner Dean Karnazes personally honours Pheidippides and his own Greek heritage by recreating this ancient journey in modern times. As he runs the gruelling Spartathlon, he even abstains from contemporary endurance tools like sports drinks and energy gels in favour of the figs, olives, and meats which were available to Pheidippides. This title offers a rare and vivid glimpse into the mindset and motivation of an extreme athlete during his most difficult and personal challenge to date.
In 490 BCE Pheidippides ran for 36 hours straight from Athens to Sparta to seek help in defending Athens from a Persian invasion. He was hailed as a hero and his run stands enduringly as one of greatest physical accomplishments in history. Dean Karnazes honours this achievement and his own Greek heritage by attempting this ancient journey in modern times. His account of running the gruelling Spartathlon, fuelled only by the figs, olives and meats available to Pheidippides, will captivate even the most sedentary readers.

About the Author: Dean Karnazes is the author of the bestsellers Ultramarathon Man, Run! and 50/50. TIME Magazine called him one of the 'Top 100 Most Influential People in the World,' and he has been featured in Runner's World, TIME, Newsweek, People, GQ, The New York Times, USA TODAY, The Washington Post, Forbes, and many others. He's travelled the TV and radio circuits as well, logging miles on The Today Show, 60 Minutes, The Late Show with David Letterman, CNN, ESPN, NPR's Morning Edition, and the BBC, among others. He lives in California.

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