You may have read about the genesis of the marathon road race, where Pheidippides had to run 42.195km from Marathon (a region in Greece) to Athens to deliver news of a Greek military victory against the Persians. But why just read about it, when you can experience the route first hand? The Athens Marathon delivers just that.
Just like Pheidippides, participants of the Athens Marathon will start in Marathon and they will end in Athens, at the Panathenaic Stadium.
This was also the route for the marathon event at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Italy’s Stefano Baldini (2:10:55) and Japan’s Mizuki Noguchi (2:26:20) won the men’s and women’s competition respectively.
They aren’t the fastest marathon times in history, but that’s because the route is widely regarded as one of the toughest in the world.
The terrain is rather flat up to the 10km mark. The climb begins from 10km, with the elevation peaking at around 250m at the 31km mark. No wonder, Pheidippides died after completing the route.
But don’t let the route stop you from experiencing history and paying homage to the man who inspired the creation of the one of the world’s most popular road races.
The 2017 Athens Marathon will be held on 12 November 2017.
Sign up for the race, here.