Gruebele Martin

Gruebele Martin
  • Full Name: Gruebele Martin
  • ID: 5609
  • Sex: Male
  • Country: U.S.A
  • Nationality: U.S.A
  • Birthdate: 1964-01-10
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I work as a Professor of Chemistry, Physics and Biophysics and Quantitative Biology at the University of Illinois. My past ultra racing ranges from cycling races such as the 3000 mile "Race Across America" to the 135 mile "Badwater Ultramarathon" and the 140 mile "Ironman Hawaii World Championship." I am interested mostly in races where the conditions are tough and finishing is in question.
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Described as the world's most grueling race, the Spartathlon runs over rough tracks and muddy paths (often it rains during the race), crosses vineyards and olive groves, climbs steep hillsides and, most challenging of all, takes the runners on the 1,200 meter ascent and descent of Mount Parthenio in the dead of night.
This is the mountain, covered with rocks and bushes, on which it is said Pheidippides met the god Pan.

Spartathlon is the event that brings this deed to attention today by drawing a legend out of the depths of history. The idea for its creation is belongs to John Foden, a British RAF Wing Commander. As a lover of Greece and student of ancient Greek history, Foden stopped his reading of Herodotus' narration regarding Pheidippides, puzzled and wondering if a modern man could cover the distance from Athens to Sparta, i.e. 250 kms, within 36 hours.

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