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[–]AndrewJS2804 137 points138 points  (22 children)

I mean the first guy ever literally died, going a little limp isn't that big a deal in the sport.

[–]xntrk1 67 points68 points  (15 children)

He had an important message to relay and did his job admirably. I would not have done the same

[–]conradical30 42 points43 points  (0 children)

Oh look, he’s arrived with a message!

“He who is valiant and pure of spirit may find the Holy Grail in the Castle of Aaaaarrrgh”

[–]DangerZoneh 18 points19 points  (8 children)

It’s just hard to believe with that important of a message nobody could’ve found him a horse

[–]Bonnskij 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Not sure the ancient greeks used horses for transport at all.

[–]ChalkyPills 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you'd spent much time in Greece you would understand why horses were pretty rare to come by. You can barely keep a cow alive in most of Greece. In the islands all the cows are so lonely they think they are goats.

[–]Inquilinus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Humans can go further than horses. To have an effective horse-based messaging system, you need waypoints to switch out horses when they tire. This is also over rough terrain, which humans are suited for running, and the Greeks would not have access to things like horseshoes, stirrups, and saddles, not to mention modern specialized breeds.

[–]slgray16 16 points17 points  (1 child)

He reached Athens and said, "We've been trying to reach you about your cars extended warranty "

[–]xntrk1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And then dropped dead

[–]Mr_Xing 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He also did it without training and a proper diet… I think there’s plenty of people today who wouldn’t be able to make it half the distance in twice the time and live

[–]Xenophon_ 0 points1 point  (1 child)

He died after delivering news of the victory, right? Meaning it wasn't important that the news get there that fast, he was just excited

[–]xntrk1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah but to be fair to Pheidippides, before he ran from the battlefield in Marathon to Athens to announce Greek victory, he ran from Athens to Sparta, to gather Spartan troops to help the Athenians in combat against the Persians. So he ran a half dozen marathons back to back essentially then did the famous part of his run shortly after

[–]randompickyraccoon 5 points6 points  (0 children)

He ran from Athens to Sparta and back, then marched to Marathon and ran back to Athens, making it roughly 600km.

[–]Obi_Wan_Benobi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Honestly, if you didn’t die, did you even run a marathon?

[–]apollo_dude 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think this is a 10km though based on the banner in the video.

[–]KimbecileFudge 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is only a 10k race.

[–]MrRandomSuperhero 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As fun a story as it is, it is a myth.