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Italy, September 9, 2008

Hitting My Hippodrome Stride

How many tourists can crowd a Roman fountain?

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Plaza Navona in Rome
Back in Roman times, the Piazza Navona was not a piazza, it was a hippodrome, a chariot racecourse where Rome's fastest drivers competed for fame and glory in front of cheering crowds.

Two-thousand years of history later, I am competing with myself as I run the very same course as those chariot drivers. I have not their horses, crowds, or any real glory. Just the clear morning air and the joy of running seven laps around history:


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