Ever thought of running the real Marathon? The Athens Marathon is one of the most popular and perhaps one of the most difficult marathons in Europe and by far the most popular run in Greece.The countdown has begun & we are giving away free nights’ stay for participants to the 32nd Athens Classic Marathon that will take place in Greece on the 9th 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!
This year’s marathon aims to establish a new era for the classical institution, by making efforts for world acknowledgment through the evolution and improvement of its visual identity. During a spectacular ceremony at the Benaki Museum and at the presence of the Greek Minister of Tourism, Ms Olga Kefalogianni, the Head of Attica Region, Mr Yiannis Sgouros, representatives of all political parties in Greece, other state and business authorities and running clubs, SEGAS presented the new name of the event «ATHENS MARATHON. THE AUTHENTIC» along with the new logo.
Meet our guest who participated at the 30th Classical Marathon
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 took place for the 31st time. There were around 31.000 runners from all over the world for 5 and 10 kilometers distance in Athens centre and of course for the classic 30 kilometers distance and around 35.000 viewers waiting to meet the winners. The winner was Yego Hillary Kipkogei from Kenya. He finished the distance in 2 hours 13 minutes and 50 seconds. But he didn’t manage to beat the record of the previous years’ winner Kenyan runner Raymond Kimutai Bett.