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Runners compete in the Yakima River Canyon Run

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YAKIMA, Wash - When the Greek solider Pheidippides ran from Marathon, Greece to Athens in 490 B.C. he did it to announce the Greece's victory over the Persians -- and even though he dropped dead after famously yelling "Niki" (victory) -- millions of people honor his effort by running a marathon.

Today, over four hundred runners set out from Ellensburg and ran although way to Selah -- 26.2 miles through the canyons of the Yakima River.

Participants say the Yakima River Canyon Marathon is one of the best marathons in the county.

Larry Carroll should know, he's run over one hundred marathons.

"It's one of my favorites because its so well organized," said Carroll. "It's a pretty run."  

But compared to the large marathons in New York or Boston with thousands of runners and supporters, its also lonely.  

"Is a personal run," said Richard Lucke, "because there isn't a lot of spectator involvement.   But runners say that's half the fun and the challenge.