The story of the most popular long-distance event, from its origins in ancient literature to the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, and how a young farmer, Spyridon 'Spyros' Louis (1873-1940), became an unlikely national hero.
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This episode is part of our Running in History Series
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)