The 42km Athens Authentic Marathon is not just a sporting event – but a world-famous institution that showcases the strength of human will and solidarity.
The Athens Authentic Marathon – the country’s biggest annual sporting event – is on the bucket list of every serious runner around the world due to its epic history. After the Battle of Marathon, which took place in 490BC, during the first Persian invasion of Greece, legend has it that the Greek messenger Pheidippides ran from the battlefield at Marathon to Athens in order to relay news of the victory. After uttering the words, “We were victorious!” he allegedly collapsed and died from exhaustion. His journey went on to become the inspiration for the Marathon event, introduced at the 1896 Modern Olympics.
The only race to be conducted along the original course, the Athens Marathon has been held in its present form continuously from 1983 on, and is dedicated to Grigoris Lambrakis, the great Greek doctor, champion in the Balkan Athletic Games and paciﬁst.
This year, the milestone 35th Athens Authentic Marathon, organised by the Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS), comprises: the original Marathon race (which includes power walking) 18,000 entries; 10km run 9,000 spots; 5km morning race 9,000 entries; 5km evening run 6,000 spots. For information on the schedule and which events are still possible to register for, visit HERE:
WHEN: November 12.
WHERE: Panathenaic Stadium, Athens City Center, Amalias Ave (National Gardens Entrance), tel: 211.187.7717 (or 7718), www.athensauthenticmarathon.gr
Insider Weekly, November 1, 2017.