Bronchitis and hill-filled path aside, Harris conquers Athens race

Charley Robinson

Staff writer

Former Uvaldean Randy Harris, now associate principal at Conroe High School, had the honor of running in the Athens Authentic Marathon in Athens, Greece, last weekend.

“It was a wonderful experience,” said Harris. “We flew into Greece on Thursday and [on] Friday had a three-mile run by the beautiful Aegean Sea. Then we went on a tour of the Acropolis, a museum, and had the opportunity to walk up Mars Hill where St. Paul gave his speech to the men of Athens.

“Saturday we went to the Temple of Poseidon on the Cape of Greece. There we saw the 2,500-year-old temple. Even Lord Byron had scribbled his name in the columns.”

Sunday’s race started by the eternal flame used to light torches for Olympics.

“On the way to the race they showed and explained about the Battle of Marathon, and what it meant to preserve democracy for Western Civilization,” explained Harris. “They talked about Pheidippides and why his run was so important.”


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