The Authentic Marathon
Every autumn, there is a day when thousands of people run the biggest race of their lives. People come from all over the globe and all walks of life to run the Athens Marathon.
The feelings of empowerment
make you want to give it your all
This year too, with the only reward being the joy of participation and ultimately completion, 50,000 runners will take part in the 35th Athens Marathon, the Authentic. They will run 42,195 metres, following the traditional route, from the town of Marathon, in northeastern Attica, to the Panathenaic Stadium in the centre of Athens. They will run along the original route that the runner Pheidippides took in 490 BC, carrying the message of victory of the Athenians against the Persians in the Battle of Marathon. Pheidippides exclaimed ‘We won!’ and then died from exhaustion.

Now, the joy of participation in the Athens Marathon belongs to not just professional athletes, but to amateur runners of all ages, from all over the world. Musicians and dance troupes create a festive atmosphere surrounding the sporting event, and altogether contribute to a magical day, full of positive energy and messages of hope, that is called “Athens Marathon, the Authentic”.
Inspired by its past, revels in the opportunities of renewal and revitalization

So, why not hotfoot it over to Athens yourself for a break that includes this wonderful celebration and presents you a capital that, like the marathon itself, can effortlessly shift its gears, in this case, between its staggering ancient heritage and its incredible modern and upbeat vibe. Soak up the same atmosphere in a city alive with possibilities and the very same values that have kept up the marathon’s popularity across the world for so long.
Discover the contrasts of Athens

You are in Athens. Before you let its charm seduce you, and you start wandering through its streets, stand for a minute and consider: How does a city carrying the weight of so much history manage to simultaneously remain so modern and dynamic? Athens has the power to surprise you with its contrasts – a youthful elixir. Wise and carefree. Imposing and light. Old, and yet, so new. All at the same time, with the same intensity.

Full of positive energy & messages of hope

Whoever you ask about the Athens Marathon will give you an impassioned answer. They will talk about the power within each person and how little is needed to ultimately realise one’s potential. How a simple expression of encouragement is incentive enough for someone to accomplish this feat of endurance called the Marathon. This race proclaims the power of the human will.

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