Dr. Sidy Diallo did in French Polynesia his 375th marathon to show the fitness and health benefits of running.
The 2023 Moorea Marathon
Country # 103
Date: February 25, 2023
My Time: 4:43:41
By Dr. Barefoot Sidy Diallo
Running Can Keep You Fit and Healthy
As I explain in the book Running Barefoot for Human Survival, the marathon is an instinctive repackaging of persistence hunting by elites who in 1896 pretended to reinvent the wheel. In other words, there’s no fundamental difference between Boston Marathon runners and persistence hunters in the Kalahari Desert.
This means that running a marathon should never be about bragging rights or social recognition, but humbly about enjoying our hunter-gatherer moment while building fitness and preventing obesity, type 2 diabetes, dementia, depression, stress and other chronic diseases, instead of seeking happiness or the meaning of life in addictions to food, legal or illegal psychotropic drugs, etc.
Contrary to the widespread belief, thanks to our hunter-gatherer heritage, every human can and should practice persistence hunting or run marathons. Hunter-gatherer tribes developed three million ago the running abilities. They walked and ran long distances for food. Current humans should walk and ran long distances to stay fit and healthy. That’s the message I’m trying to share around the world, and the reason I flew to French Polynesia for the lovely and memorable Moorea Marathon.
Three days prior to the Moorea Marathon, I did The Tahiti 25 km private run to stretch my legs upon reaching my accommodation in Tahiti after spending over 22 hours in the Air France aircraft that flew 15,715 km (9,765 mi) and 11 time zones from Paris to Papeete via Los Angeles.
See on YouTube my interview by the French Polynesia Television Polynésie la première: Moorea Marathon 2023, c'est parti !
The book Running Barefoot for Human Survival is available on Amazon in paperback and e-book format (French edition: Courir pieds nus pour sauver les humains).
You can navigate on the following interactive map through the marathons (orange icons) and ultramarathons (blue icons) I have completed around the world with the purpose of promoting the excellent health and fitness benefits of running. Click on an icon to see the name of the race and on the link to access the related article on this website.