Road to Sparta, The: Reliving the Epic Run that Inspired the World’s Greatest Foot Race

Dean Karnazes

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Published: 04-01-2018


The story of the 153-mile run from Athens to Sparta that inspired the marathon and saved democracy, as told – and experienced – by ultramarathon runner and bestselling author Dean Karnazes.

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In 490 BCE Pheidippides ran for 36 hours straight from Athens to Sparta to seek help in defending Athens from a Persian invasion. He was hailed as a hero and his run stands enduringly as one of greatest physical accomplishments in history.Dean Karnazes honours this achievement and his own Greek heritage by attempting this ancient journey in modern times. His account of running the gruelling Spartathlon, fuelled only by the figs, olives and meats available to Pheidippides, will captivate even the most sedentary readers.

Additional information

Weight 0.283 kg
Dimensions 22 × 129 × 198 mm
Page Count 304