June 2, 2021 – National Running Day | National Rocky Road Day

Do You Know The History Behind The Length Of A Marathon?

Welcome to June 2nd, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate going the distance and the rocky road that makes life smooth. 

During their war against the Persian Empire, the Greeks won a key battle near the city of Marathon. One of the Greek soldiers ran to Athens to report the news, a distance of about 25 miles. As a tribute to that event, the modern Olympic Games established a long-distance race of 25 miles called “marathon” as a tribute. When the 1908 Olympics were held in London, organizers lengthened the race to 26 miles—the distance from Windsor Castle to the finish line at the stadium. However, the Royal family wanted the race to end in front of their seats. So organizers tacked on a little more distance at the end. Which is why marathons are 26.2 miles rather than a round number. On National Running Day, you don’t have to go the distance to get the benefit of this aerobic exercise.

Around the time of the Great Depression, ice cream makers William Dreyer and Joseph Edy decided to try something new.  Up until then, ice cream came in basic flavors, but a new refrigeration technology allowed for more ingredients to get mixed in.  They dubbed their creation Rocky Road, which swirled walnuts and marshmallows into chocolate ice cream. This was a nod to the difficult times people were facing, and this silver lining flavor was a huge hit.  At this point we should mention that Dreyer was likely forgiven by his wife for using her sewing scissors to snip up the marshmallows in the first test batch. On National Rocky Road Day, celebrate the good things in life and the small things that make the road a little smoother.  

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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