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The Athens Marathon
The Old is Now New, The Original Historical Course
In 490 BC, the first battle for democracy was fought at the Greek village
of Marathon. Though overwhelmingly outnumbered by an invading Persian
army, the citizen soldiers of Athens prevailed.
Legend has it that when the battle was won, the Athenian messenger,
Phidippidies ran twenty-four miles to Athens carrying the news of that
stunning victory. The modern marathon commemorates his feat.
Greece, with its rich history offers a lot of fun and interesting things to
see and do. Runners familiar with the history and have the desire to run
the "Original Historical" course have been drawn to it as if it were a
Many runners are not aware that the Athens Marathon is an annual event and
open to all runners and there is no qualifying time. The field is
relatively small in comparison to other major marathons and runners can
still enjoy its uniqueness. Especially now with all the new improvements
implemented by SEGAS (the marathon organizing committee) and the Olympic
organizing committee for the 2004 Olympics.
One of the nice things that is unique to the Athens Marathon is that it is
not over commercialized and you will not see any advertising at the start
or the finish because these are sights if antiquity and no advertising is
When running the Athens Marathon runners should pace themselves and
conserve their energy and start off slow for the second third of the course
which is hilly and glide on the final third which is downhill. If you
follow this advise you should finish well with a respectable time.
When you run the Athens Marathon you travel in the very footsteps of the
ancient gods and heroes that gave birth to western civilization. It's a
once in a lifetime experience and should be on every runners "to do" list.
To learn more about the history of the Athens Marathon go to
Submitted by Paul Samaras, Apostolos Greek Tours, Inc. the Official North
American Representative for the Athens Marathon