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A lesson in running, sort of

Updated: August 4, 2012, 12:05 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

The reason a marathon is 26.2 miles is because, at the 1908 London Olympics, the course planners wanted to end the race in front of Queen Alexandra's seat in the stadium. Until then, marathons varied in length, from 25 to 26 miles or so. The London route was 26 miles, and legend has it that, to get the race to end by the Queen, the planners wound up adding two-tenths of a mile to the total.

I knew there was a reason I resent royalty.

As I near the end of the 2012 Olympic marathon ...

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