Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 11, 2011
Charlie Engle, Ray Zahab, and Kevin Lin know endurance better than most. For 111 days, they ran the equivalent of two marathons a day in order to cross the entire Sahara Desert on foot. They touched the waters at Senegal and then made their way through Mauritania, Mali, Niger,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 19, 2015
Around here in Boston, Patriots Day is famously known for “The Boston Marathon” in which runners from all over the world participate. I watched with keen interest as the gun shot went off for the 116th Boston Marathon. Upmost in every ones mind was the question “Who will get the grand prize worth
Contributed by Bruce Emmert on May 29, 2001
One of the greatest marathoners in the world is a Kenyan woman named Tegla Loroupe. She is also one of the smallest. Tegla Loroupe is just under 5 feet tall and weighs a mere 88 pounds. For more than five years she’s been among the top marathoners in the world.
Tegla said in an interview that
Contributed by Richard White on Jan 4, 2002
There is a story of the Battle of Marathon around 490 B.C. King Darius of the Persians,
The Athenians were outnumbered by the Persians. The city-states that surrounded the
Athenians in Marathon offered no help. But they caught the Persians by surprise by
running the full length of the plain
Contributed by Timothy Smith on Jan 15, 2005
Several years ago in the Boston marathon there was a woman named Rosie Ruiz who competed.. and cheated, by riding a bus, winning the prestigious race. The problem with Rosie is that she completed the marathon faster than anyone had ever done it before. When she finished people stared at her in
Contributed by John Foster on Jun 10, 2007
If you are a marathon runner you are encouraged to eat pasta the night before the race because pasta has lots of energy in and the speed of release of energy from Pasta is slow so that you get it during the race just when you need it. It’s actually a bit more complicated than that though.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
The flame in the Marathon Tower in each Olympic stadium is the most recognized symbol of the Olympics, dating back to the Games of ancient Greece, when athletes competed in a relay race, passing a torch from one to another until the last runner, in a long procession of runners, would sprint to the
Contributed by Gene Gregory on Jul 24, 2007
The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s most prestigious road racing events.
The race is run over a grueling course covering 26 miles, 385 yards. In order to run in that prestigious race, you must have either won a sanctioned marathon elsewhere,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 15, 2005
“Marathoner Loses by a Mustache.” So read the headline of a recent Associated Press story. It appeared that Abbes Tehami of Algeria was an easy winner of the Brussels Marathon—until someone wondered where his mustache had gone! Checking eyewitness accounts, it quickly became evident that the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 17, 2006
"Marathoner Loses by a Mustache." So read the headline of a recent Associated Press story. It appeared that Abbes Tehami of Algeria was an easy winner of the Brussels Marathon--until someone wondered where his mustache had gone! Checking eyewitness accounts, it quickly became evident that the
Contributed by Tobin Crenshaw on Aug 15, 2010
Dean Karnazes is a modern day Superman. He has run fifty marathons in fifty days in fifty states, and runs ultra marathons of over 200 miles. He details his amazing accomplishments in his book Ultramarathon Man.
After one particularly grueling 200 mile marathon he shared the following contents of
Contributed by Ed Wood on Feb 14, 2003
In the 1986 New York City Marathon, almost 20,000 runners entered the race. What is memorable is not who won, but who finished last. His name was Bob Wieland. He finished 19,413th—dead last. Bob completed the New York marathon in 4 days, 2 hours, 47 minutes, and 17 seconds. It was
Contributed by Gregg Bitter on Mar 10, 2003
Marathon runners often reach the point where they wonder whether they can keep going. They hit the wall. They doubt they can finish the race. Their muscles burn with pain; their strength is gone. They feel defeated.
As we run our Christian lives, we can reach that point too. Faced with our sin,
Contributed by Gary Birch on Jul 25, 2008
When running the 2001 London Marathon, I made sure I had my name on the front of my shirt so as many people as possible would be shouting my
Ever watch segments of a marathon race? If you have you’ve probably noticed marathon runners being handed drinks along the way. Usually it’s water, Gatorade or something similar. One thing you won’t find---you won’t find marathon runners guzzling Mt. Dew, Vault or Starbucks coffee during a race
Contributed by Paul Carlson on Jan 25, 2010
Gianni Poli of Italy won the 1986 New York Marathon in 2:11:06. On March 2, 2003, Mark Yatich of Kenya won the Los Angels Marathon in 2:09:52. To me, however, the real hero of both marathons was the man who finished dead last in both. He is fifty-seven year old Bob Wieland. In 1986 he finished the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 24, 2011
DO WHATEVER THE CHAMPION DOES
In 1976, Finland’s Lasse Viren made Olympic history when he became the first man to win both the 5,000 and 10,000 meter races in successive Olympiads. After his victory, his coach decided to take on the record of the legendary Emil Zatopek. Earlier in the century at
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 9, 2008
Have you heard of the Ironman Triathlon? It’s held every fall in the US city of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, the race encompasses three endurance events; a 2.4 mile ocean swim in Kailua-Kona Bay, a 112 mile bike ride across the Hawaiian lava desert to Hawi and back, and then to top it
Contributed by Rick Stacy on Mar 10, 2002
Marathon the latest goal in a life of challenges.
Katie Lynch, 26, practicing for Monday’s Boston Marathon with a special Walker. (Globe Staff Photo / JohnTlumacki)
By John Vellante, Globe Staff, 4/14/01
Her life -- all 26-plus years of it -- has been one challenge
Contributed by Aubrey Vaughan on Feb 9, 2009
HE ENDURED TO THE END
We need to possess an enduring love. Endurance: the power to withstand hardship or stress, to keep on going despite all setbacks.
I recently heard of a Leicester women who, after having four children, started running then entered marathons. This year, she is running