The strange story of the 1904 Olympic Games Marathon (#50)
Today, I have a solo episode re-capping one of the strangest stories from a marathon ever. The 1904 Olympic mens marathon, run in St. Louis Missouri, was one of the most miserable on record. I don't think you could have written a story with a race with more controversy, comedy, or health issues. From cloud dusts, to cheating, to naps, this race has everything that you could ever imagine.
We discuss the backdrop to this race, and why only half the race entrants finished
We discuss the controversy of the original race winner- Frederick Lorz, and why he was disqualified
We discuss the new winner tactics to get himself to the finish line, including taking rat poison and loosing 8 pounds from start to finish
And many more race stories
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