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Welcome to Marathon, Greece

Originally Published: August 21, 2004
Associated Press

MARATHON, Greece -- Runners in the first Olympic marathon in 1896 spent the night in this hamlet's single "wretched" inn and downed a couple of beers before the race. Competitors at the Athens Games can stay at Club Med and pick up a Coke at the McDonald's drive-thru.

The dirt track the first runners followed has been replaced with a four-lane highway. Pine forests and olive groves have given way to strip malls and urban sprawl. Villagers have traded traditional foustanella costumes ...

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