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Athens Marathon – November 11th by Sharon Morrissey

I want to thank all my friends for their support in allowing me to run out my marathon dream come true on November 11th in Athens Greece.

It was a privilege to get to the starting line after the bizarre flukes of mother nature.  First with Hurricane Sandy and then the ironically named Nor’easter Athena which prevented me from leaving on the day I had planned.

I did finally get out of New Jersey, had a layover in Paris and landed in Greece a day late.  Luckily, I got to the start of the race on time and ran from the stadium in Marathon (where the Athenians beat the Persians in 490 B.C.) and tackled the one hill on the course.

That ONE hill started at mile 10 and didn’t end until mile 20.  Believe me, there was a reason why Pheidippides the original Greek who ran this course died at the end after proclaiming “REJOICE WE CONQUER!”

It was my slowest finishing time of 4 hours 15 minutes but I managed to take in all the sights along the way and soak up the Mediterranean sun and the warm heralds of “bravo! bravo!” along the way.  There were many a stray dog that weaved their way throughout the course as well.

After the race I walked directly into the Aegean Sea to soak my legs and was good as new the next day to hike up to the Acropolis.  I made up for lost time and got to see the many historic temples that have shaped history.

It would not have been possible without the many dear friends that have offered their help.  Thanks again.  I am truly thankful for your friendship.

Opa!

Sharon

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