Like the idea of a destination marathon? Why not try for the ultimate marathon – run the original marathon route in Greece. The name ‘marathon’ comes from the Greek town of Marathon, and named after it due to the legend of the Battle of Marathon, when a Greek runner ran from Marathon to Athens to announce, with his last words, that the battle against the Persians had been won. This was a 42.195km run – the now official marathon distance.
This same marathon route was used in the revival of the Olympics in 1896, and solidified it as the Original Marathon Route. In this highly competitive event, Greek runner Spyros Louis won the gold medal, bringing marathon races even closer to the hearts of Greeks.
You don’t have to run a full marathon to join in on the fun. There is also a 10km and a 5km run – much easier to prepare for!
By taking part, you will receive an exclusive medal commemorating the 2,500th anniversary of the marathon – that’s one souvenir not everyone can buy in a gift shop!!
For more information, check out the Athens Classic Marathon website.