In the midst of yesterday’s tragedy, a lot of people might have missed the time of the men’s Boston Marathon winner. His name is Lelisa Desisa Benti, he’s a 23-year-old Ethiopian, and he finished in 2 hours, 10 minutes, and 22 seconds. For the mathematically challenged like me, that is roughly 26 5 minute miles. For the running challenged (also like me), you may be thinking “I can’t imagine running one 5 minute mile.” It got me thinking about what makes a marathon winner. It’s pretty common knowledge that a large percentage of marathon winners are East African, specifically Kenyan and Ethiopian. But why do these two countries turn out such huge amounts of spectacular long distance runners? Looking into it, I found a lot of interesting information.