Runners can earn the following points toward their year-end point total as follows:
You may be asking why was a Masters age award named after Phidippides? Phidippides was a Master when he performed his historic runs. According to chronicles Phidippides was sent to Sparta by Athenian officials when they were threatened by Persians landing at Marathon. The trip was 150 miles which he ran in 2 days. The Spartans were celebrating a festival and could not come until the full moon, several days later, whereupon Phidippides retraced his steps in 2 more days. He then fought a battle with the rest of the Athenians routing the Persians. The Persians retreated to their ships and set sail for Athens, which caused the Athenians to send Phidippides from the battlefield to Athens, a distance of 26 miles. He reached Athens, pronounced Nenikekamen (‘We have won’ or ‘We are victorious’) and promptly died. Robert Browning commemorated this story in his 1879 poem Pheidippides. The poem inspired Baron Pierre de Coubertin and other founders of the modern Olympic games to invent a running race of 42 kilometers called the marathon.
I hope that this helps some of you to consider working towards the award or other long term goals in the future. Now that I have collectively achieved all of the above goals this year I can put such things to rest for a while. But the plague in years to come will be a reminder of all of the races and great memories that I had in 2011. Will this be an annual thing for me? No. Will I ever go for the award again? I’m not sure but I seriously doubt it. But it was a fun way to help to motivate me to do things and distances I never have done before.