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Athens Marathon, the authentic race

Athens ● Marathon ● 30 November 2016
 
Among all the Olympic sports, the Marathon Race is a special event because it was born by a historic event, characterised by heroism and bravery. 2500 years ago, in 490 B.C., after the victory of Greece in the battle of Marathon against the Persians, the messenger-soldier Pheidippides ran from the battlefield at Marathon to Athens  in order to announce the news of the victory. He ran 42 kilometres, carrying his entire panoply, and then he died from exhaustion. He managed only to say "we have won", and thus, he became a true hero.

This historic race inspired the establishment of the Marathon Race in the revival of the Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. It was one of the most competitive events, in which the athletes ran from the ancient city of Marathon  to the Panathenaic Stadium of Athens. Spyros Louis, a Greek athlete, won the gold metal of the most important sport in the first Olympic Games of the modern history, and he became a legend in the Greek and International Athletics.

The Marathon Race had always a prominent place in the hearts and minds of sports enthusiasts and specifically in fans of running because the athlete has to test his limits to reach the finish line. It represents the highest effort of the human body, and only dedicated athletes, with strong character, can overcome this superhuman action.

Athens Marathon

Today, many cities and Athletics Federations organise the Marathon race where athletes from all over the world take part. However, the Authentic Athens Marathon is significant for every runner, who wants to run in the footsteps of ancient Greek heroes and legends and feel that he is part of the history of the European civilisation. For every athlete, but especially for a Greek one, running in the Athens Marathon is a touching moment in his career, an unforgettable experience and a remembrance of an epic race. The battle of Marathon  and the victory of Athens  was crucial to the establishment of the idea of the democracy. The words of Pheidippides (νενικήκαμεν= we have won) were the beginning of a new era in history and a testament of human dignity.
In the Athens Marathon, the athletes, who participate in every year's race, have the chance to be inspired from all the above values and furthermore, to enjoy the Greek hospitality and the astonishing beauty of our country.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Claridge Hotel
6.3 10
Claridge Hotel
4, Dorou Str., 10431 Athens, Greece

Claridge Hotel is located in the center of Athens, just a 2-minute walk from Omonoia Metro Station, which connects directly to Piraeus Port. Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is 36 km away.#

Hotel in Athens, Greece Exis Boutique  Hotel
8 10
Exis Boutique Hotel
1, Spartis , Amerikis Square, 11252 Athens, Greece

Exis Boutique Hotel is located on Amerikis Square, only 10 minutes walk from the nearest metro station. Syntagma, the main square of Athens and the historic part, Plaka, can be reached within 10 minutes using public transportation. Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos is at 35 km. Piraeus Port can be reached within 20 minutes with an electric train.

Hostel in Athens, Greece Student and Travellers Inn
8.9 10
Student and Travellers Inn
16, Kidathinaion str., 10558 Athens, Greece

Student and Travellers Inn – the first hostel in Greece since 1977 is located in the heart of Plaka, right below the Acropolis. Traditional cobbled streets full of taverns, shops, cafes are right at our hostel's doorstep. The main square of Athens, Syntagma, is at 600 m, while the lively Monastiraki square is at 800 m. The nearest metro station and the bus stop for the X95 Airport Bus can be reached within a 7-minute walk.


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