The Athens Authentic Marathon is a must run for anyone keen to complete their running CV.
Legend states that in 490 AD the solider messenger Pheidippides ran from the town of Marathon all the way to Athens to announce the Greeks' victory over the Persians at the battle of Marathon.
Over 2,500 years since that original marathon, the Athens Marathon set the scene for marathons to enter the world of sport - and the current course is the same that was used during the 2004 Athens Olympics.
This superbly organised race begins in the very birth place of the event itself. Today’s course follows the apparent route the solider took from Marathon to Athens.
The race ends in the place of the first modern Olympics in 1896; the spectacular Panathinaiko Stadium. It’s the only stadium in the world made entirely of marble - and as you finish there’s no avoiding feeling the emotion of participating in such an original event.
Despite being a slightly brutal route, (it’s uphill from 10km to 31km) runners flock from all over the globe to tick this event off their bucket lists.
The 2015 event attracted 43,000 competitors of which16,000 entries were for the 42km course, the rest participating in the 5km or 10km road races.
Taking place in November, Athens has cooled to a kind temperature for tackling such an event.
Athens City is not only on the must-run list but also on the must-explore list. With so much to offer from such a rich history and culture, this city will leave you spellbound and wanting to return over and over again.