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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.



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 Olympion
8.6 10
Olympion
10, Lorentzou Mavili str., 13671 Athens, Greece

Located 100 m from the suburban station of Kato Acharnes, connecting to Athens city centre.#El. Venizelos International Airport is 35 km away from the hotel.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Alma Hotel
6.8 10
Alma Hotel
5, Dorou str., 10432 Athens, Greece

Alma Hotel is located in the centre of Athens, just a 2-minute walk from Omonoia Metro Station, offering easy access to Athens Railway Station and Piraeus Port.

Hotel & Appartment in Athens, Greece Athens Way
9.1 10
Athens Way
17, Arachovis & Ippokratous Str., 10680 Athens, Greece

Located in Athens City Center, Athens Way hotel is within a 15-minute walk from Syntagma Square and a 10-minute walk from the nearest metro station. The Acropolis and the historic part of Athens, Plaka, are at 2 km. The lively Monastiraki Square is 1.5 km away. Athens International Airport is at 33.5 km and Piraeus port can be reached within 30 minutes using the light railway.


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