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Athens Marathon

Athens Marathon. The Authentic. The name reflects the unique world position of the event. Not just a classic Marathon of 42.195km but the only marathon held on the authentic course from Marathon to Athens. It is the Authentic Marathon.

Among all the Olympic sport events, the Marathon  stands out as it was born by a true historic and heroic event. It was a true triumph accomplished by a news bearing foot soldier from ancient Athens, who announced - with his last words - the victory of the Greeks against the Persians during the Marathon Battle in 490 BC.

The Marathon  became one of the most competitive events during the revival of the Olympic Games in 1896. A Greek athlete named Spyros Louis, running what has ever since been referred to as the Original Marathon Course from the ancient city of Marathon to the Panathinaikon Stadium in Athens, won the gold medal of the first modern Olympic Games and became a legend of Greek and International Athletics. The Marathon  has always had a prominent place in the hearts and minds of sports enthusiasts, as it represents the highest effort where the human body, soul and mind are tested to their limits as the runner presses himself/herself to reach the finish line.

Thousands of runners from all over the world participate in the Athens Marathon each year. Apart from the sporting experience, they have the chance to enjoy the traditional Greek hospitality, discover the fascinating landscape and explore a city which is constantly improving its standards.

Course

The Athens Marathon starts in Marathon town. From 11-17km the course is uphill in parts, with further uphills through to around 31km. The course then descends into Athens and is fairly flat the rest of the way, finishing in the Panathinaikon Stadium home to the 1896 Olympics. In the case where no finsihing time is provided, runners are automatically placed in one of the last three blocks. 

Click here to view the Athens Marathon Course Map

Start Time

Marathon:      9:00am

Runners will be allocated to starting areas according to their bib number and colour and this is based on your times provided on your entry form. Runners are then sent off in waves. Allocation is based on the runners' finishing times of the last three years (2014-017) as stated on the registration form. 

Expo

The Athens Marathon Registration Centre is held at the Tae Kwon Do Indoor Hall & Exhibition Centre of Athens, at the Olympic Faliro Coastal Zone.

  • Thursday  13:00 to 20:00
  • Friday      10:00 to 20:00
  • Saturday   10:00 t0 20:00

Race Pack Collection

Race packs are collected from the Expo Registration Centre. All times as above except for Saturday when registration closes at 18:00.

Time Limit

The Marathon is concluded at 17:40pm. Runners who exceed this time limit will have to continue the race on the pavement in order to ensure the safety of the other participants. All runners must follow these instructions. T Any runners on the course after the cutoff times do so at their own risk.

When the time limit (see below) expires, vehicle circulation will be partly allowed in the streets.

Timing

Your timing chip will be included in your race pack. Split times will be recorded every 5 kilometres and at 21.100km (half way). Any runner for whom no time is shown at the Start, the split timing zones and the Finish, will be disqualified.

Course Signage

There are kilometre (km) markers at every kilometre of the course.

Toilets

Toilets are available at the start and the finish area, as well as at all support stations along the course.

Medical Services

Medical stations will be situated at the Start, Finish and along the course An ambulance follows the last group of runners on the course.

Results

The split times of the runners will be available on the event website.

Photos

Photo services will be provided by the world renowned photographers MarathonPhotos.com. All participants will be able to download or purchase their photos a few hours after the event from the Marathon-Photos.com website.

Transportation to the Start Line

Buses will depart from four different stations in the centre of Athens and will be available between 5:30-6:45am. After 6:45am no buses will be provided by the Organising Committee. All participants must be at the Marathon start venue at least one hour in advance (8:00 a.m. at the latest).

Departure stations:

  • Metro Station (Line 3) "Evangelismos", along Vas. Sofias Avenu
  • Metro Station (Line 2 & 3) "Syntagma", along Vas. Amalias Avenue
  • Metro Station (Line 3) "Katechaki", along Mesogeion Avenue
  • Metro Station (Line 2) "Syngrou-Fix", along Syngrou Avenue - Last bus to depart at 06.15

Clothing and Personal Belongings

All participants need to put their clothes and other belongings in the kit plastic bag they will be given along with their bib number at the Registration and Distribution Centre.

All bags must have your number attached to them. Do not leave items of value in your bag. The Athens Marathon Organising Committee bears no responsibility in case of loss or damage of any valuable items in the bags. No bags, backpacks, etc will be accepted other than the special bags provided to the runners by the Organising Committee. Bags must be deposited with the volunteers at the DHL vehicles located near the start venue, no later than 30 minutes before the start of the race (8:30 a.m. at the latest).

After the race, you may collect their personal belongings from a specified area on Arditou Street, 100 metres on the left after the exit from the Propylaea of Panathinaikon Stadium. You must show their bib number in order to collect their bags.

2017 Athens Marathon Itinerary

Thursday 9 November

  • Arrive in Athens and check into your hotel

Friday 10 November

  • Optional Tour: Half day tour of Athens featuring: the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Parliament House, Constitution Square, Panathenian Stadium, Roman Temple of Zeus and the Acropolis

Saturday 11 November

  • Expo and Race pack collection

Sunday 12 November

  • Athens Marathon

Monday 13 November

Departure or continue on your Greek odyssey!

 

2017 Athens Marathon. The Authentic.

Athens is the home of the Marathon…. run on the Authentic course.

We’ve got some authentic prices to take you to the home of the marathon, staying in your choice of 4* or 3* Accommodation. Whatever your plans, whatever your budget we can provide an Entry and Accommodation Package to suit.

5d/4nts 4 star Accommodation:  from $940 per person, twin share. 4d/3nts just $550pp. 
5d/4nts 3 star Accommodation: from $720 per person, twin share.

INCLUDED

  • Guaranteed entry to the Athens Marathon
  • 4 nights' accommodation (Thu-Sun inclusive)
  • Breakfast daily
  • Transportation to the Marathon Start line from the city centre of Athens
  • Baggage service on race day
  • Offical Athens Marathon tshirt
  • Online results
  • Finish Certificate
  • Sport bag
  • Free public transport within the Athens area for three days prior and two days after the race
  • 50% discount on the entrance fee to the Acropolis Museum

EXCLUDED

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Additional nights available on request
  • Airport transfers available for arrival/departure
  • Half Day Tour of Athens 
  • Athens Sightseeing plus Delphi 
  • Day Cruise to the islands of Hydra, Poros and Egina
  • Athens Small Group Food Tour
  • Greek Cooking Glass in an Athens Tavern
  • Hop-on Hop-off City Bus Tour
  • ask us about other options for your stay in Greece!

HOW WE CAN MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER!

RunFun Travel is a fully licensed travel agent and can assist you with:

  • flights
  • travel insurance
  • overseas SIM (phone) card
  • airport transfers (where not included)
  • overseas car rental, driving routes, suggested stops along your way
  • ongoing transfers and travel plans

Please contact us for an obligation free quote that will enhance your trip as we make sure you run the time of your life!

Booking and Deposits

A non-refundable payment of $350 is required to secure your Athens Marathon travel, entry and accommodation package.
 

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