Another great running year is underway in the home of the Marathon! On 31st March more than 10,000 participants flooded the streets of Athens for the 2nd Athens Half Marathon. With the focus now turning to the Athens Classic Marathon in November, there is absolutely no doubt 2502 years after Pheidippides first ran into Athens that the spirit of Marathon is still very much alive in Greece’s capital.

 

Athens Half Marathon has proven to be an exciting and popular addition to the international distance running calendar. With a course beginning between Syntagma Square and the Greek Parliament, finishing in front of Zappeion Megaro and taking in many of Athens famed sights and sounds, there is little wonder the event has become so popular already.

 

Poulios Konstantinos of Greece won the men’s half marathon in a time of 1:09:07 while Greek woman Gazea Magdalini won the women’s event in 1:17:54. The bright smiles beaming from competitors’ faces on race day tell you everything you need to know about this exciting young event.

 

In contrast to the Athens Half Marathon, the Athens Classic Marathon is in no way a young event.  Featuring a course which has hardly changed in more than 2500 years, the Athens Classic Marathon is still, and always will be, the authentic Marathon experience. 

 

An IAAF Gold Label event, the Athens Marathon is an absolute ‘must do’ for distance runners from around the world. The course begins in Marathon and almost immediately honours the origin of the run by leading up to and around the Marathon Tomb, a war memorial to those who fought at the Battle of Marathon in 490BC. It was from here that Pheidippides famously ran to Athens to deliver the news of Greek victory over the Persians, and event participants are given the opportunity to famously re-enact this historic feat themselves.

 

The marathon route then winds its way towards the city of Athens on a path that features gorgeous scenery, rich Greek culture and historical wonders at every turn. Participants are then treated to perhaps the greatest finishing stage in the world, the iconic Panathinaikon Stadium. Hearing the fanatical roar of the crowd while running into the white marble arena is an experience event participants will never, ever forget.

 

Entries are now open for the 2013 Athens Classic Marathon, and with participant numbers capped at 30,000 be sure to get registered, get training and get ready for the run of your life!

 

 

31 March 2013
Athens, Greece


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