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Athleticism

Leander
swims the mile-wide Hellespont every night to court Hero. [Gk. Myth.: Hamilton, 432]
marathon
modern races, more than 26 miles, commemorate feat of Pheidippides. [World Sports: Benét, 633]
Pheidippides
ran over 20 miles to Athens to announce victory at Marathon in 490 B.C., then died of exhaustion. [Gk. Legend: Collier’s, XIII, 369]
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I thought it was an Athletic College," said the Shaggy Man.
Your ill-judged remarks have made me exceedingly angry, and you are quite mistaken, for I excel in a great many athletic exercises; indeed, so long as I had youth and strength, I was among the first athletes of the age.
On the road we met a large party of noble athletic men, going for wild bananas.
At length an athletic and dark looking Indian, who, by his air of authority, would seem to be the leader, summoned his chiefs about him, to a consultation, which was held mounted.
He was an athletic, gigantic bandit, with large eyes, thick lips, and a flat nose; his red hair fell in dishevelled masses like snakes around his shoulders.
Perhaps, if you had not been already in the secret, you might not have guessed what sad memories what warm affection, what tender fluttering hopes, had their home in this athletic body with the broken finger-nails--in this rough man, who knew no better lyrics than he could find in the Old and New Version and an occasional hymn; who knew the smallest possible amount of profane history; and for whom the motion and shape of the earth, the course of the sun, and the changes of the seasons lay in the region of mystery just made visible by fragmentary knowledge.
Their disciplined habits, both of mind and body, had endowed them with great physical perfection; and the eye of the veteran was apt to scan the fair proportions and athletic frames of the colonists with a look that seemed to utter volumes of contempt for their moral imbecility, He was also a little addicted to the expression of a belief that, where there was so great an observance of the externals of religion, there could not be much of the substance.
Thirty, fifty, a hundred feet at a bound are nothing for the muscles of an athletic Earth man upon Mars.
The chieftain of one of the contending parties was remarkable for his athletic proportions, his great height, and herculean strength.
Alone, he might hope to survive for years; for he was a strong, athletic man.
The life there was healthful and athletic, but too juvenile.
The pursuit of the new remedy for stimulating a sluggish brain took him to a public house, kept by the professional pedestrian who had the honor of training him when he contended at Athletic Sports.