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More interesting facts on Marathon
- Tsegaye Kebede, an Olympic and World Championship medalist in the marathon, worked as a child for 30 US cents a day so he could afford a daily meal and an education?
- Spirit of the Marathon, a documentary film about marathon runners, won Best Picture at the Mammoth Film Festival?
- Australian triathlete Mirinda Carfrae in her first attempt at the Ironman distance broke the women's marathon course record at the 2009 World Championships?
- the Beppu-Ōita Marathon in Japan produced world record-breaking marathon runs in both 1963 and 1978?
- Günther Weidlinger broke the 23-year-old Austrian record in the marathon in his second-ever race over the distance?
- Frederick Lorz was greeted as the winner of the 1904 Summer Olympics marathon but later admitted to having travelled by car for ten miles of the race?
- Olympic marathon runner Lisa Weightman won the Award for Business Excellence from Australian broadsheet The Age?
- Patrick Ivuti's photo finish victory in the 2007 Chicago Marathon, one of the five major marathons, was his first marathon victory?
- sports writer Vic Ziegel co-wrote The Non-Runner's Book, which satirized the sport of marathon running?
- Erica Larson, a chemist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, won the Pikes Peak mountain marathon five times in six years between 1999 and 2004, more than any other woman in the event's history?
- marathon races only receive IAAF Gold Label Road Race status if organisers have taken steps to preserve the environment?
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