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MARATHON: Photo shows John Joseph Hayes who won the gold medal in the 1908 summer Olympics marathon event.

MARATHON: Photo shows John Joseph Hayes who won the gold medal in the 1908 summer Olympics marathon event.

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$10,000 RUN: April 3, 1909, a marathon was held at the Polo Grounds in New York City. A five lap outdoor track was installed at the Polo Grounds. The winner of the big prize was a first time marathon runner, and French waiter, Henri St. Yves.

$10,000 RUN: April 3, 1909, a marathon was held at the Polo Grounds in New York City. A five lap outdoor track was installed at the Polo Grounds. The winner of the big prize was a first time marathon runner, and French waiter, Henri St. Yves.

MARATHON CHEATS: The top four finishers in the marathon at the St. Louis Olympics were all disqualified. Fred Lorz, an American who staggered home in three hours and 13 minutes to complete the race first, celebrated by taking a picture with Alice Roosevelt, the President's daughter. Shortly thereafter, it was discovered he had covered 11 of the 26.2 miles in a car. Next in line was another American, Thomas Hicks, but he too was disqualified because he was aided by the combination of…

MARATHON CHEATS: The top four finishers in the marathon at the St. Louis Olympics were all disqualified. Fred Lorz, an American who staggered home in three hours and 13 minutes to complete the race first, celebrated by taking a picture with Alice Roosevelt, the President's daughter. Shortly thereafter, it was discovered he had covered 11 of the 26.2 miles in a car. Next in line was another American, Thomas Hicks, but he too was disqualified because he was aided by the combination of…

DISQUALIFIED: The men's marathon race of the 1908 Summer Olympics took place in London on July 24, 1908. Johnny Hayes (United States) won after Dorando Pietri was disqualified for having received assistance before the finish line.

Dorando Pietri at the marathon finish, Olympic Games, 1908 London (Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)