On the 12th of November, yet another classic Marathon will take place in Athens, dedicated to the memory of the Balkan champion Grigoris Lambrakis. This is the true and original Marathon following the classic route, the most demanding – but also the most rewarding – in the world. Entries have been flooding in from all over the world since April 10 for the classic Marathon as well as for the race-walking event, 5k and 10k races and a special race for children!
A tough course, an athletic event, a legend and a story
In the 42,195-meter Athens Marathon, both physical and mental endurance are severely tested, with the mental once again emerging victorious, because this Marathon, the toughest and most punishing for human endurance, demonstrates like no other the true mental strength and spirit of the athletes. And when the athlete’s physical strength falters – that is where mental toughness rises to the occasion, where passion, persistence and love for this special contest created by a legendary messenger comes to the fore. This is where human greatness is cultivated and celebrated.
History – a story…
The Marathon race was introduced into the Olympic programme at the birth of the modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. From 1982, the annual classic Marathon has been dedicated to the memory of the great pacifist athlete, scientist and politician Grigoris Lambrakis, who became a symbol of the struggle for human rights. From 1983 (when the 1st International Athens Peace Marathon was run by 700 mostly Greek athletes) until today, tens of thousands of athletes and amateur runners of all ages and nationalities have come to consider their preparation for and participation in the Athens Marathon as a way of life.