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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 Elizabeth Hotel
8.5 10
Elizabeth Hotel
46, Arkadias Str., 11527 Athens, Greece

Elizabeth Hotel is only 10 minutes away from Panormou Metro Station. Syntagma Square is just 4 stops away using the metro and the Eleftherios Venizelos Airport can be easily reached as it is directly connected with Panormou Metro Station.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Sparta Team Hotel
8 10
Sparta Team Hotel
21, Menandrou Str., 10563 Athens, Greece

Sparta Team Hotel is located in the centre of Athens, just a 8-minute walk from Omonoia Metro Station and Monastiraki Metro Station. The port of Piraeus is 11 km away.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Chris Hotel
8.5 10
Chris Hotel
6, Potamou str., 14564 Athens, Greece

Hotel Chris is situated in a quiet spot in Nea Kifisia, 100 m from the E75 motorway and 2 km from Kifisia Train Station. Athens city center can be reached within approximately 30 minutes using the electric train. Athens International Airport is at 38 km.


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