Countdown to the Athens Marathon 2022
The mother of all marathons, the Athens Marathon, still packs all the passion and drama that Pheidippides must have felt running from Marathon to Athens to announce the victory over the Persians in 490 BC. If you haven’t ticked it off your bucket list yet, we suggest you do. If not, line the streets to cheer on intrepid participants!
Nowhere does the marathon take such historic proportions as it does in Athens. Pheidippides, the central figure in the story that inspired this modern sporting event, the marathon, is said to have run the 42.195 kms from Marathon to Athens to announce the victory over the Persians, only to collapse and die after mouthing the words Nikomen or victory. The race terminates at the majestic Panathenaic stadium, where the first Modern Olympics were held in 1896. if that isn’t enough motivation, aim for the smaller races the day before the 5 k and the 10 k and support a cause dear to your heart.
The Athens Marathon is known to be one of the most gruelling races with the first 25 kms being mainly a long, uphill climb. Still, the number of participants has been steadily on the rise with over 15.000 runners taking part in the full marathon and an additional 30,000 participants taking part in the other races.
When: November 12 for the smaller races, November 13, 2022 for the full marathon
Check Athens Authentic Marathon for race starting times and locations.