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Happy National Running Day

Regardless of the shoes you wear, where you run or how graceful you may look doing it, today we celebrate National Running Day.

Here are some fast facts about the history of running.

The history of the marathon can be traced back to ancient times. The legend states that Pheidippides was sent from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated in the Battle of Marathon (in which he had just fought), which took place in August or September, 490 BC. It is said that he ran the entire distance without stopping and burst into the assembly, exclaiming “we have wοn,” before collapsing and dying.

Pheidippides runs to announce the battle was won.

Pheidippides runs to announce the battle was won.

In 1954, Roger Bannister, a 25-year-old British medical student, was the first man to run a mile in less than four minutes.

Roger Bannister breaks the four minute mile.

Roger Bannister breaks the four minute mile.

The current world record in the women’s 100-meter dash is Florence Griffith Joyner with a time of 10.49. That record has still yet to broken after setting the mark in 1988.

0725_largeThe fastest man alive is Usain Bolt of Jamaica. Bolt set a new world record in 2009 with a time of 9.58.

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt takes the win.

The most decorated track and field athlete at Texas Tech is Kennedy Kithuka. Kithuka boasts a variety of championships, which includes winning the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Champion, Big 12 2013 Cross Country Champion and the 2013 NCAA Indoor 5,000M Champion. Wreck ‘Em Tech!

Kennedy Kithuka

Kennedy Kithuka

If running isn’t your thing, we understand. Check out more fun things to do while you’re visiting Lubbock by checking us out online at www.visitlubbock.org.