How's that for an attention getting headline? Just like the professionals who in reporting results of this year's Classic Marathon emphasized that one runner was injured when he was hit by a tram car.

Details are sketchy but it is more likely he ran into the tram as race officials said he suffered health problems earlier in the race and was not seriously injured.

The marathon winner, Benjamin Kiprotich Korir, set a new course record at 2 hours, 14 minutes, 40 seconds. The first six places were all won my Kenyans; the injured runner was also Kenyan. The winner in the Women's Division was a Russian, Svetlana Ponomarenko. Her time was also a record: 2:33:19. I could not find who the top placing Greek was.

Of course, the race course follows the route attributed to a Greek hero in 490 BC. Read more here. The finish line was in the stadium where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896.

This post was mainly rewritten from the International Herald Tribune, a great newspaper for expats.


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