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Among all the Olympic sport events, the Marathon Race 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 42,195m Marathon Race 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 Race 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.
SEGAS, the Hellenic Athletics Federation, has the honour and the historic responsibility to organize annually the Athens Classic Marathon on the Original Marathon Course. Since 1982, the Athens Classic Marathon has been dedicated to Gregoris Lambrakis, the athlete, scientist and Member of Parliament, who was murdered in the 60s and, by his death, became a symbol of Human Rights.
From the year 2011 onwards, OPAP.S.A, the leading gaming operator in Greece and one of the major coorporations in Greece and Europe, has been nominated Grand Sponsor of the event and its valuable support led to the significant upgrade of the race in all aspects.
Thousands of runners from all over the world are expected to participate in this year’s race. Apart from the sporting experience, they will have the chance to enjoy the traditional Greek hospitality, discover the fascinating landscape of our country and explore a city which is constantly improving its standards.
31st Athens Classic Marathon – 16.000 Runners in the streets of Athens – Major changes in the 5 and 10km Road Races
More than 8,000 runners have registered to participate in the 5km Road Race on Sunday, November 10th, while another 8,000 are anticipated to run the 10km Road Race. Both races are held in parallel with the 31st Athens Classic Marathon Race.
This year, significant changes will be implemented in these two races. More specifically:
The 5km Road Race has a new starting point, a new course and a new Kickoff time. The start of the race will be given at 8:00 from Amalias Avenue, in front and to the right side of the Zappeion Megaro at the level of Bodossakis Foundation Builing (Eurobank) and following the Syntagma direction. To ensure the safety of the runners, a “wave start” system, as in the Marathon Race, will be implemented.
The new course of the 5km Road Race is the following: Amalias Avenue, Panepistimiou Avenue, Riga Ferraiou Str., right on Akadimias Avenue, left onVas. Sofias Avenue, u-turn on Vas. Sofias Avenue – NIMITS Hospital Junction, Vas. Sofias Avenue (in front of the Hilton Hotel), Hrodou Attikou Str., access the Panathinaikon Stadium courtyard and enter the Panathinaikon Stadium. Yet, the finish line inside the Stadium will be on the left side.
The 10km Road Race will start at 09:05, following the “wave start” system with the starting line to be found on Amalias Avenue as well. The course of the 10km Road Race is the following: Amalias Avenue, Panepistimiou Avenue, Char. Trikoupi Str., Akadimias Avenue, left of Vas. Sofias Avenue, Pheidippidou Str., left on Mesogeion Avenue up to the Police Academy, u-turn (at the Police Academy lights), Mesogeion Avenue, Michalakopoulou Avenue, Pheidippidou Str., left on Mesogeion Avenue, Vas. Sofias Avenue (in front of Hilton Hotel), Hrodou Attikou Str., access the Panathinaikon Stadium courtyard, and enter the Panathinaikon Stadium; the finish line, as in the 5km Road Race, will be inside the stadium on the left side.
source/read more: http://www.athensclassicmarathon.org