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More Americans Take on the Physical Test of Marathon Races

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&raquo Download Audio(mp3) By Mario Ritter 2006-11-26 VOICE ONE: Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in VOA Spec

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by mario ritter
2006-11-26

voice one:

welcome to this is america in voa special english. i'm steve ember.

voice two:

runners gather on the verrazano bridge at the start of the new york city marathon

and i'm barbara klein. many people enjoy running. but one kind of race, the marathon, has captured the imagination of people all over the world. the race has roots in ancient history. but there is nothing ancient about today's modern sports and social events.

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voice one:

many americans enjoy the experience of running a forty-two kilometer race. three hundred fourteen marathons were held in the united states last year. an estimated three hundred eighty-two thousand runners completed these marathons. and that number is expected to increase this year.

the biggest marathon in the nation is the new york city marathon. the runners pass famous landmarks in america's most famous city. it also is a major sporting event with at least one hundred thousand dollars going to each winner.

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