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Marathon Runner at Starlight Tower

Maria Simos of Starlight Tower and Marathon runner At Starlight Tower there is a multiple Marathon runner resident that only a few of you are aware of. Well, she is not a full time resident but more of a frequent visitor resident and she is Maria Simos at #908 our daughter of who's achievements on the ultimate endurance sport of Marathon running we are profoundly proud. Maria has run three Marathons! In Chicago, Pittsburg and Richmond! As you see two of them were at the same year!
  • 10/13/2002 Chicago Marathon
    Her time: 4:08:26 Net time: 4:01:47
  • 5/4/2003 Pittsburgh Marathon
    Her time 3:54:49 net time 3:54:14
  • 11/15/2003 Richmond Marathon
    Her time 4:34:48 net time 4:32:28

Here are some pictures from her 3 Marathons
At mile 21 of the Pittsburg Marathon waving to us.
Maria Simos of Starlight Tower and Marathon runner

Drinking a cup of well deserved cold water after the Pittsburg Marathon
Maria Simos of Starlight Tower and Marathon runner


At mile 17 on the Richmond Marathon
 Maria Simos of Starlight Tower and Marathon runner

At photo finish of the Chicago Marathon
Maria Simos of Starlight Tower and Marathon runner


Commemorative plaque with medal of the Chicago Marathon
Maria Simos of Starlight Tower and Marathon runner



HISTORY IN BRIEF

THE BATTLE AT MARATHON

 
To refresh your memory, Marathon is a long distance road running event of 42.195 kilometers or 26 miles and 385 yards to be exact.
 
The name Marathon belongs to a small Greek town that became famous with "The Battle of Marathon" in 490 BC where a small number of Greek soldiers were able to hold and defeat the overwhelmingly powerful Persian army of King Darius I of Persia who wanted to conquer the remainder of Greece and incorporate it to his Persian Empire and thus securing his western borders. But as always the Greeks fought not like heroes but as "heroes fight like Greeks" according to Sir Winston Churchill in the Second World War hence they won the battle. Immediately they send a soldier back to Athens to announce the winning outcome of the battle. The name of this soldier was Pheidippides. He run barefoot and at full gear the distance from Marathon to Athens at full speed and without stopping and upon his arrival he was able to utter one word only "NENIKIKAMEN" (We Won), and then he dropped dead!
 
Map of the Battle of Marathon, 490 BC taken from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

The Battle of Marathon

The Greek wings (blue) envelop the Persian wings (red) while their strategically-thinned centre filled the gap made between them.
 
The First Modern Olympics took place in Athens Greece, April 10 1896 and are officially known as the I Olympiad. These games were the first Olympic Games since the Roman emperor Theodosius I banned the Ancient Olympic Games in 393 as part of the Christian campaign against paganism!
 
The Marathon run during the first Olympic Games was won by a Greek shepherd, Spyros Louis, who finished the race at the record time of 2 hours 58 minutes and 50 seconds. He stopped only once at his uncle's house to have a glass of wine! Since then an expression was developed in Greece where to emphasize that someone is really fast you say:

"He became Louis"
or in Greek:
Egeine LouiV



webmaster's note: As this site gets a facelift (March 2013) I must report that Maria got married and her name now is Maria Simos Sogard. She got married to Neil Sogard on May 21, 2011 and on December 29, 2012 they became proud parents to a beautiful baby girl (and my granddaughter) named Natalie Marie nick named "Plum".  

 

 
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