Scene Selection 2 (Historical)
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Pheidippides ran roughly 240 km (150 miles), to reach Sparta...
Only to be rejected. The Spartans held a festival at the time in the name of the gods and could skip one bit of it. Thy did, however, agree to come after it had ended.
In four days, Pheidippides ran from Marathon to Sparta and back. At least 480 km (300 miles) were covered in this legendary feat of cardiovascular activity.
However, when Pheipiddides returned to Marathon he discover the battle with the Persians to be long over. The new phalanx formation guaranteed the Athenians victory in just a few short hours.
And so, Pheidippides was then ordered to run to Athens to announce their victory at Marathon...
In one final effort, Pheidippides ran again, covering at least another 34 km (21 miles).
Pheidippides was successful in bringing the message to Athens, announcing to everyone around him "rejoice, we conquer," before collapsing on the ground and dying of exhaustion.
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