Every year, the USA Track & Field (USATF) association offers gold, silver and bronze awards for “Masters” runners (those over 40) who complete a certain number of races. You get points for each race you do – a 5k is worth 1 point, a half marathon is worth 3, etc. Last year, I ran enough races for the “Gold” award. This year I ran enough for the “Silver.” I may try for the “Bronze” next year, but I’m not sure. I would love one of each. What I like about this award is that it is not based on how fast you are, just how many races you do. I had to earn 16 points to get this plaque.
P.S. A little history (taken from the USATF website) about Phidippides – He was a Greek man who “ran to Sparta when Athenians were threatened by Persians landing at Marathon. The trip was 150 miles which he ran in 2 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” (the modern marathon!). So there, now you know. 🙂