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On This Day in Fitness History

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July 21, 2011, was the grand opening of the Joe and Betty Weider Museum of Physical Culture at the University of Texas in Austin. The Weiders are fitness industry icons, and the museum features fitness-related art and memorabilia, including items from the Weiders’ personal collection: three large oil paintings by artist Thomas Beecham of Mr. Olympia winners Larry Scott, Franco Columbu and Lee Haney.

Another notable summertime occurrence: Legend has it that in August 490 BC, Greek soldier Philippides ran about 25 miles from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated, inspiring the marathon race.

Ryan Halvorson

Ryan Halvorson is an award-winning writer and editor, and IDEA's director of event programming.

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