Today in Running History Two-Fer
Today is no average Tuesday. September 25 marks the anniversary of not one but two notable events in running history:
September 25, 2011: Patrick Makau of Manyanzwani in the Eastern Province of Kenya sets a new Men’s Marathon world record at the BMW Berlin Marathon. His time of 2:03:38 smashes the previous record of 2:03:59 held by Haile Gebrselassie. The BMW Berlin Marathon has a reputation for producing world records, due to the flat and even nature of the course. The race is also typically held in late September (this year it will be on the 30th), when temperatures are mild.
September 25, 1981: The now-classic film “Chariots of Fire” is released in theaters. How many of you are humming the theme song in your head right now? The film recounts the true story of two track athletes – Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddel – competing in the 400-meter race in the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, France. Abrahams is a Jewish man who runs to fight anti-Semitism, Liddel is a Scottish missionary who says that he runs for God. Both men must battle through challenges in the quest for the win.
How will you make your own running history today?