42,195 km of history
Start your engines and count down the days to meet again at the start line, in the biggest athletic date, the Authentic Marathon.
The Athens Marathon is an institution where the past unites with the present, in a remarkable contest of power and will. Over 63,000 athletes of all ages from approximately 105 countries will participate in the emblematic route that has its roots in 490 BC.
This year’s event will take place over two days, 13and 14 of November, under the aegis of the Hellenic Amateur Athletic Association. It includes the classic Marathon, Power Walking, the 10 km Road Race, the 5 km Road Race and the 1200 km Kids Race.
HISTORY / The Marathon is the same course that the ancient Greek messenger Pheidippides, the winner of the first Olympic Games Spiros Louis and the Balkan Games winner, pacifist, politician and doctor Grigoris Lambrakis, after whom the event is named, ran. Each of the three legendary runners had a different goal, but they all shared a glorious spirit. They inspire today’s athletes taking part in the Authentic Marathon, which was awarded the “Athletic Heritage Plaque” this year by IAAF.
Among all the Olympic sport events, the Marathon Race stands out as it was born by a true historic and heroic event. It was a true triumph accomplished by a news-bearing foot soldier from ancient Athens, who announced – which were his last words – the victory of the Greeks against the Persians during the Marathon Battle in 490 BC. The 42,195m Marathon Race became one of the most competitive events during the revival of the Olympic Games in 1896. A Greek athlete named Spyros Louis, running what has ever since been referred to as the Original Marathon Course from the ancient city of Marathon to the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, won the gold medal of the first modern Olympic Games and became a legend of Greek and International Athletics.
SEGAS, the Hellenic Athletics Federation, is honoured and at the same time has the historical responsibility to organize annually the Athens Classic Marathon on the Original Marathon Course. Since 1982, the Athens Classic Marathon has been dedicated to Gregoris Lambrakis, the athlete, scientist and Member of Parliament, who was murdered in the 60’s and, after his death, became a symbol of Human Rights.
Thousands of runners from all over the world are expected to participate in every year’s race. Apart from the sporting experience, they will have the chance to enjoy the traditional Greek hospitality, discover the fascinating landscape of our country and explore a city which is constantly improving its standards.
INFO: THE PROGRAM / Marathon Race & Power Walking 42.195 km on the Authentic Course (Road Race A & Road Race B) | November 14th: The Marathon Race “A” will start in (09.00) and Marathon Race “B” will start in (09.45) and each starting block will have up to 500 runners.
10km Road Race (Road Race A & Road Race B) | November 13rd: The 10km Race “A” will start in (17.00) and Marathon Race “B” will start in (18.00) and each starting block will have up to 500 runners
5km Road Race (Road Race A & Road Race B) | November 14th: The 5km Race “A” will start in (08.00) and 5km Race “B” will start in (09.00) and each starting block will have up to 500 runners.
To ensure the safest appliance of the Health Protocol, the Kids Run and the 1000m Special Olympics Run, will not take place this year.