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Ultramarathon Man, World Citizens

Dear Readers:

I’ve run a race or two in my day, just squeaking past 7.5 miles tops. So when I heard what ultramarathoner Konstantine “Dean” Karnazes’ latest book was about, my days of running 10ks dwarfed in comparison as it should.

The New York Times bestselling author offers us a unique glimpse into his journey with The Road To Sparta exploring his ancestry while consulting with the foremost scholars on Ancient Greece and drawing inspiration from the great Pheidippides. Get your figs and olives out and then turn to page 4 for his story.

For 14 years, the great city of Seattle has played host to the Microsoft Image Cup which is sponsored by the Microsoft Corporation. This year, team AMANDA from Aristotle University in Thessaloniki brought their idea to the World Citizen Division of the Cup and they didn’t disappoint. For their inspiring story, please see page 8.

On your mark, get set … go!




Konstantine “Dean” Karnazes’ road to Sparta

Famed ultramarathoner relives ancient battle and epic run that inspired the world’s greatest footrace

The Road to Sparta chronicles three different stories interwoven into one seamless narrative. Famed ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes explores his own Greek ancestry while consulting with the foremost scholars on Ancient Greece to tell the story of the world’s first marathon, all while recreating the historic 153-mile run from Athens to Sparta in one of the most difficult ultraraces in the world—the Spartathlon. The book is slated to be released on October 25, 2016.

In 490 BCE Pheidippides ran for 36 hours nonstop from Athens to Sparta to seek help in defending Athens from a Persian invasion in the Battle of Marathon. Pheidippides was hailed a hero for saving the development of Western civilization, and his run stands enduringly as one of the greatest physical accomplishments in history.

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Frosene Phillips