At 7 a.m. on December 5, 2021, 9000 athletes started their run on the scenic course of the 38th annual California International Marathon, from Folsom Dam to the California State Capitol in Sacramento. Hear how the marathon got its name and why it is 26.2 miles long. Explore marathons that start with a sip of wine, compete against horses, traverse the top of the world, run on water and at sub-zero temperatures, cross the Great Wall of China, and happened in outer space. Meet Davis native Brendan Gregg, winner of the 2021 California International Marathon, who tells us about his running career, training regimen, and advice for aspiring competitive runners. Then visit Athens, Greece—the birthplace of Western civilization and Europe’s oldest capital. Hear about agoraphobia, the first known democracy, modern Olympic Games, and an archaeological excavation that unearthed 50,000 ancient artifacts under a Metro line.