According to the legend, after Pheidippides ran approximately 26 miles from Marathon to Athens to announce the defeat of the Persians, he collapsed and died. If the first guy that did something dies as a direct result, you wouldn't think that activity would become a universally prized ambition. You would be wrong. The marathon run has long been a symbol of the ultimate physical test. Although overtaken in recent years by extreme sports and races such as the Ironman (a triathlon which includes a half-marathon, after a 1.2-mile swim and a 56-mile bike ride), it still stands as a supreme athletic accomplishment. Now standardized at 26 miles, 385 yards, marathons are raced at least 800 times a year worldwide. One of those will take place on Sunday in Dallas. The White Rock Marathon runs through the Turtle Creek area, Highland Park, around White Rock Lake, through Lakewood and then the Swiss Avenue historical district. A benefit for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the event includes a half-marathon and a five-person relay race. It all begins begins 8 a.m. Sunday at Victory Park. If you have fallen out of training, come and cheer the runners along. Visit runtherock.com.
Sun., Dec. 14, 8 a.m., 2008