March 17th is the accepted date of Saint Patrick's death and the Irish (along with many others) celebrate by dyeing rivers green and drowning their sorrow about his death with copious amounts of green beer. What few people know, however, is that Saint Patrick was one of the first known ultrarunners, escaping slavery and running around loose throughout Ireland. Credited with ridding Ireland of snakes, or serpents, the truth is that Saint Patrick was simply using them as fuel on the go, a la K-Venom. To all you endurance enthusiasts out there, raise a toast to Saint Patrick, patron saint of ultrarunners.
Happy St Patrick's Day!