Athens Marathon Accommodation in Athens
Ever thought of running the real Marathon? The countdown has begun & we are giving away free nights’ stay for participants to the 31st Athens Classic Marathon that will take place in Greece on 10th of November. Book a min of 3 nights at AthenStyle (www.AthenStyle.com) and email us your registration to the Marathon: we will give you a free additional night!
Along with the 5 and 10km races, the 1000m Kids Run and the Special Olympics Hellas race to be held along the Marathon course this year. More than 7,500 Marathon runners of all ages from Greece and abroad have already submitted their registration. The goal of 10,000 runners in the Marathon Race set by the Organizing Committee is to be met very soon, while the percentage of those coming abroad will be 25% higher than last year.
A little bit of history:
According to the legend, the very first marathon in the world appeared on the route where the present day Athens Classic Marathon takes place. In 490 BC a huge Persian army invaded the small town of Marathon (Greek: Μαραθωνας). However in the Battle of Marathon that ensued, the Greek army defeated the Persians, and a messenger named Pheidippides (Greek: ο Φειδιππίδης) was sent to Athens to bring news of the victory. The young Greek ran the 42 km from the battlefield to the capital as fast as he could, announced his joyous message, and died. And according to folklore, this is the inspiration for the marathon race we know today. Apart from the obvious connection to the legend of Pheidippides, the Athens Classic Marathon is dedicated to Gregoris Lambrakis (Greek Γρηγόρης Λαμπράκης), a Greek athlete and Member of Parliament who, after his politically motivated assassination in 1963, became a national symbol of democracy and social justice.
What happened last year:
Last year the Athens Classic Marathon celebrated their 30th anniversary. There were around 30.000 runners from all over the world for 5 and 10 kilometers distance in Athens centre and of course for the classic 30 kilometers distance. Last year a new record was set by a runner from Kenya for 2 hours and 40 minutes.