The epic recreation of one of the greatest acts of physical endurance in history, by legendary ultramarathon runner Dean Karnazes.
In The Road to Sparta famed ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes explores the story of the world's first marathon, all while reliving the historic 153-mile run from Athens to Sparta in one of the most difficult ultra races in the world - the Spartathlon.
In 490 BCE Pheidippides ran for 36 hours straight from Athens to Sparta to seek help in defending Athens from a Persian invasion. Pheidippides was hailed a hero, as he saved the development of Western civilization. The run stands enduringly as one of greatest physical accomplishments in history.
Karnazes honours Pheidippides and his Greek heritage by completing the treacherous course without the aid of modern endurance nutrition and only eating and drinking what would have been available in 490 BCE. Through vivid description and telling insights, The Road to Sparta offers readers a rare glimpse into the mind-set and motivation of an extreme athlete during his most difficult and personal challenge to date.
Dean Karnazes is the author of the New York Times bestseller 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.
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