Photo of 1896 Olympics Marathon

Here’s a photo of three Olympic athletes running in the first modern Olympic marathon in 1896. No, seriously. It looks like they jumped out from the crowd and are wearing street clothes.

As Kottke notes: ” In the Olympic race, seventeen competitors started the race and only about half finished. The winning time was just under three hours and the third place finisher was disqualified for covering “part of the course by carriage”. I would also not be surprised if the three fellows in the photo above stopped off for a coffee and some painting along the way.”

Ha, so true. That was my exact thought when seeing this photo. Surely, they stopped at a cafe along the way to talk polemics.

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