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Athens Marathon Accommodation in Athens

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Ever thought of running the real Marathon?

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The countdown has begun and we are giving away free nights’ stay for participants to the 32nd Athens Classic Marathon that will take place in Greece on 13th of November.

Book a minimum of 3 nights at AthenStyle and email us your registration to the Marathon: we will give you a free additional night!

Along with the 5 and 10km races, the 1000m Kids Run and the Special Olympics Hellas race to be held along the Marathon course this year. More than 7,500 Marathon runners of all ages from Greece and abroad have already submitted their registration forms. The goal of 10,000 runners in the Athens Marathon Race set by the Organizing Committee will be reached very soon, while the percentage of those coming abroad is expected to be 25% higher than last year.

A little bit of history

According to the legend, the very first marathon in the world appeared on the route where the present day Athens Marathon takes place. In 490 BC a huge Persian army invaded the small town of Marathon (Greek: Μαραθωνας). However in the Battle of Marathon that ensued, the Greek army defeated the Persians, and a messenger named Pheidippides (Greek: ο Φειδιππίδης) was sent to Athens to bring news of the victory. The young Greek ran the 42 km from the battlefield to the capital as fast as he could, announced his joyous message, and died. And according to folklore, this is the inspiration for the marathon race we know today. Apart from the obvious connection to the legend of Pheidippides, the Athens Classic Marathon is dedicated to Gregoris Lambrakis (Greek Γρηγόρης Λαμπράκης), a Greek athlete and Member of Parliament who, after his politically motivated assassination in 1963, became a national symbol of democracy and social justice.

 

What happened last year:

Last year the Athens Classic Marathon celebrated their 31st anniversary. The race attracted 43.000 competitors of which 16.000 were for the 42.195 km course, both numbers being an all-time record for the event. The rest of the runners competed in the concurrent 5 and 10 kilometres road races and the racewalking contest.

Athens Marathon Accommodation in Athens
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