Marcus Tiberius Buendia was the president of the UESC during the Marathon Project. He gave a speech on the eve of the UESC Marathon's launch, saying that "Mankind will venture out past its earthly bounds, and move into a future grander and more real than the total of its own written history. This, the grandest achievement mankind has ever conceived will be for the purpose of peace and the preservation of the human race. May this great technological ark carry with it the sum total of all human wisdom, and may neither time nor distance weaken our common ties."
- ↑ Marathon Manual