People come from all over the globe and all walks of life to run the Athens Marathon and then change pace to explore an ancient city bursting with creativity
Young and old, families, friends or lone challengers, serious athletes or fun-runners: everyone participates in their own style and at their own pace in the Athens Marathon. And let’s not forget those who throng the route in support, cheering on each and every competitor until they are hoarse. Each year, a great surging and joyous mass of humanity takes on 5km, 10km or the full 42km, from Marathonas (northeast of Athens) to the finishing line at the 1896 Olympic Stadium. Extraordinary individual willpower meets a collective drive and heart-warming camaraderie in an event whose values have remained untarnished since the doughty Pheidippides set out on his legendary run 2,500 years ago, intent on informing the Athenians of a great victory, regardless of his own personal cost.
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 modern and upbeat vibe? Experience firsthand the emotional rollercoaster as each runner shares the highs and lows of their fellow racers. Feel an atmosphere charged with passion and commitment, where endurance is tested to the limit and the rewards are not counted in money but in the hug of a loved one. Then, soak up the same atmosphere in a city alive with possibilities.
Athens is a pacesetter in so many ways. It is a city which can adapt and, inspired by its past, revels in the opportunities of renewal and revitalisation. You can see it all around you in the creative flair of a new generation. Freedom lives in its street art. Compassion shines in the warm embrace and hospitality of its people. Determination and innovation thrive as brand new wine bars and concept restaurants pop up all over town. There’s a sense of discovery when every backstreet can reveal a secret charm or special culinary treat.
There are countless themed walks available as you take in the sights. And all this is, quite naturally, offered along with hotels and services of the very highest quality.
A city break in Athens offers a whole range of options and experiences, from exciting to relaxing. All the euphoria, emotions, real values and the indomitable human spirit that run through the marathon event are also bound up in the package ready and waiting for the city’s visitors. If you like, you can take it all at breakneck speed or take your time to savour the thrill.