Marathon runners have the chance to go back to where it all began on 8 November for Athens Authentic Marathon. The legendary run of Pheidippides from Marathon to Athens in 490 AD set the scene for marathon running and now, 2,505 years on, the Athens race is a must-do for runners with a sense of history.
Retrace History At Athens Marathon
The race starts in the town of Marathon where it passes the tomb of the Athenian soldiers and finishes in Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, home of the first Olympic games of the modern era in 1896. Last year saw a new course record being set by Felix Kandie in the men's race, who clocked an impressive 2:10:37. There was a strong performance too in the women's race from Maiyo Naomi Jepkoge who finished in 2:12:06.
Previous participants include Ron Hill MBE, winner of the 1969 European Championships on the course and who also ran his 100th marathon in Athens. Ron described winning the championships in Greece as 'the best moment of my life'.
For those who find the thought of completing a marathon a little daunting, there is a 10K, 5K,
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