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Running with Pheidippides : Stylianos Kyriakides the miracle marathoner
Tsiotos, Nick.
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First edition.
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[Syracuse, N.Y.] : Syracuse University Press, 2001.
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xviii, 283 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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This text tells the true story of Stylianos Kyriakides who, against all odds, entered and triumphed in the 1946 Boston Marathon. Kyriakides ran not just to win, but to draw the world's attention to his home country, Greece, which had resisted Nazi occupation and was torn apart by civil war.

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Andy Dabilis is staff reporter and assistant editor at the Boston Globe.

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Set in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, this is the story of a Cypriot citizen who used his running ability to publicize the plight of the Greek and Cypriot communities in the aftermath of the brutal German occupation during WW II. Kyriakides competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and survived WW II and the Greek civil war with barely enough to feed his family. Tsiotos (Boston Public Schools) and Dabilis (Boston Globe) describe how Kyriakides trained to compete and win the 1946 Boston Marathon in order to bring attention to his country. Intermixed with the geopolitics is a personal side: Kyriakides's warm relationship with his wife and his dialog with other world-class marathoners, including Johnny Kelley, the runner most closely identified with the Boston Marathon. Included among the allusions is American discrimination against the top Native American runner, "Tarzan" Brown. Though this book is uneven and includes much minutia, the sections focusing on marathoners will interest runners, and the overall story provides details of daily life of the Greek people and their courage under the occupation. Recommended for general readers and running enthusiasts and for large academic collections in a variety of disciplines. D. M. Furst San Jose State University

Table of Contents

Johnny Kelley
Illustrationsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Prologue: A Crown of Wild Olivep. 1
1. They Were Going to Kill Mep. 7
2. No One Loses Who Has Hopep. 12
3. The Beautiful and the Goodp. 31
4. No Great Fortune Waitsp. 62
5. The Evil Comes to Greecep. 88
6. The Song of Cyprusp. 127
7. Nikep. 150
8. The Altar of the Great Victorp. 193
9. The Fruits of Victoryp. 209
10. The Ancient Drama Begins Againp. 226
11. Shadows in the Windp. 243
Epilogue: Pindarp. 261
Bibliographyp. 265
Indexp. 271