Man’s need to run quickly
over both short and long distances is as old as humankind. To be fast
helped him to survive, to catch an animal for food, to escape from
danger and natural catastrophes, to be successful in war or, as in the
case of the first marathon, to take messages.
And where did this hunter, warrior, messenger live? Probably somewhere
in the hilly countryside. There were no roads, no tunnels to avoid the
mountains, no bridges to cross rivers. He therefore had to run over
hills, over mountains, through forests, across rivers as fast as he
could. He was not running for medals, or money, or trophies or glory,
he was running to survive.
Today this need is no longer necessary, but there is bred into us a
desire to run in the nature and over the mountains and so we have our
mountain running competitions, where medals, trophies and money replace
the historic basic need of survival.