Six Degrees of Separation Between Sheep, the American Revolution and the Boston Marathon

For well over 25,000 people, tax day is going to hurt in more ways than one. April 15th is the 117th running of the Boston Marathon – a classic in the truest sense of the term. The Boston Marathon is the oldest marathon in the world – not in origin, but rather in years run consecutively – and is second only to the Super Bowl in media coverage. You can say it’s kind of a big deal.

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Two of the people putting their legs and lungs on the line are from right here at Ibex. Not to say that we won’t be rooting for the other 24,998 participants, but we’ll be yelling the loudest for: Ken Stone, global production director, and Joseph Esch, Ibex Boston sales associate extraordinaire.

With two Ibex-ians running the marathon, we combed the archives and scoured the Internet to bring you the top five ways sheep have influenced the great race. We came up… absolutely blank. Though we’re certain summer-weight wool will be on the backs of many a racer and our Boston store peeps will be cheering en masse, we’re sad to report that apparently our ungulate friends have been grossly underrepresented in the Great Race.

In lieu of actual relevance, we’ve pulled together the six degrees by which sheep are connected to the Boston Marathon and all of America’s freedoms. With no further adieu:

#6: Man figures out how to spin wool, circa 3500 B.C. A few thousand years later, shepherding is listed by the Yahoo! of the day of “Top Job in 2 A.D.” (Citation unavailable, but we’re pretty confident on that one.)

#5: Funded in large part by Spain’s growing wool trade, Columbus was responsible (with an equal shout out to Cortez) for bringing sheep to the “New World” of the Caribbean.

#4: Sheep were the original gangsters of the American Colonies. Old England tried to shut it down, but the upstart colonists initiated a wool industry in New England. To wit: the General Court of Massachusetts actually passed a law in 1664, stating all children would be taught to spin and weave wool.

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#3: The great, great grandchildren of the aforementioned children played big roles in the American Revolution, by way of the Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775.

#2: To commemorate the events at Lexington and Concord, which led to American independence, Massachusetts and Maine designate the third Monday in April as “Patriot’s Day.”

#1: The Boston Marathon is established as a marquee event of Patriot’s Day. Voila!

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There you have it: a direct line of flawed logic proving that sheep are not only responsible for Boston Marathon, but they’re pretty much responsible for the entire American Revolution, too.

Thank you and best of luck to all the runners!