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The Road to Sparta is the story of the 153-mile run from Athens to Sparta that inspired the marathon and saved democracy, as told—and experienced—by ultramarathoner and New York Times bestselling author Dean Karnazes.

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The Road to Sparta is the story of the 153-mile run from Athens to Sparta that inspired the marathon and saved democracy, as told—and experienced—by ultramarathoner and New York Times bestselling author Dean Karnazes.

In 490 BCE, Pheidippides ran for thirty-six hours straight from Athens to Sparta to seek help in defending Athens from a Persian invasion in the Battle of Marathon. In doing so, he saved the development of Western civilization and inspired the birth of the marathon as we know it. Even now, some 2,500 years later, that run stands enduringly as one of greatest physical accomplishments in the history of mankind.

Karnazes personally honors Pheidippides and his own Greek heritage by recreating this ancient journey in modern times. Karnazes even abstains from contemporary endurance nutrition like sports drinks and energy gels and only eats what was available in 490 BCE, such as figs, olives, and cured meats. Through vivid details and internal dialogs, The Road to Sparta offers a rare glimpse into the mindset and motivation of an extreme athlete during his most difficult and personal challenge to date.

"This is a remarkable and inspiring memoir that will have casual and serious runners cheering." ---Publishers Weekly

“A timeless and soul stirring epic, this book is a must read for anyone looking to better his or her life.” ---Joe De Sena, founder of the Spartan Race

"Dean Karnazes is the modern day Pheidippides and he has made the ultra-marathon part of the world’s landscape, inspiring thousands along the way to test their limitations, then push past them.” ---Bart Yasso, Chief Running Officer, Runner’s World magazine

The Road to Sparta

Reliving the Ancient Battle and Epic Run That Inspired the World's Greatest Footrace

Author Dean Karnazes

Narrated by Robert Fass

Publication date Oct 25, 2016

Running time 9 hrs

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