Marathon (1983)
TV Sports Special

Marathon (1983)
TV Sports Special

Had there been a telephone in Marathon in 490 BC this event would never have existed.

Legend has it that a Greek runner, Pheidippidies, ran the 42.19 kilometers (26 miles 386 yards) from Marathon to Athens to announce his army's victory over the Persian hoards, and then suddenly collapsed and died. The film traces how a Dr and his wife and a Pan Am steward train for this great event and hear of their problems and triumphs from their coaches, sports manufacturers, and medics. We also talk to the winners and participants in the Athens and Windsor Marathons, and finally in the biggest one of all - the Big Apple itself.


Left: Bill Glad training for the long run in the Long Walk at Windsor