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International Historical Ultramarathon Race ATHENS - SPARTA 246 klm

SPARTATHLON is a historic ultra-distance foot race that takes place in September of every year in Greece. It is one of the most difficult and satisfying ultra-distance races in the world because of its unique history and background.

This page was created to provide you with information about the race, the history of the event, statistics, photos and information on how you can participate. In our pages you can also find the latest news from the International Spartathlon Association (I.S.A.) and details of our International Offices, which you may contact for more information.

The Spartathlon revives the footsteps of Pheidippides, an ancient Athenian long distance runner, who in 490 BC, before the battle of Marathon, was sent to Sparta to seek help in the war between the Greeks and the Persians. According to the ancient Greek historian Herodotus, Pheidippides arrived in Sparta the day after his departure from Athens.

From 1984 the International Association "Spartathlon" was founded, which since then has continuously organized the race each September. The choice of this month is because that is the time reported by Herodotus for Pheidippides’ run to Sparta



Αθανασιάδης Στάυρος race report

Στη Περίπολο του Rock: Spartathlon Race Report 2014

Για ποιον τρέχεις Σταύρο ;;; Γιατί τρέχεις Σταύρο ;;;

Πολύ τρέξιμο, λίγα λόγια…. αρκετές παράγραφοι για έναν αγώνα όχι όμως οποιοδήποτε αγώνα…

Χωρίς αμφιβολία το να τρέξεις το Σπάρταθλο για πρώτη φορά και να καταλάβεις ακριβώς τι έχεις καταφέρει ,είναι αρκετά δύσκολο έως ακατόρθωτο. Όπως επίσης το να ευχαριστηθείς τον αγώνα. Το άγχος ,το άγνωστο της πρώτης φόρας είναι παράγοντες που δρουν αρνητικά στη χαρά και σε αυτό που λέμε «ευχαριστήθηκα - έζησα τον αγώνα και τη διαδρομή 100%». Είναι ωραίο να ζεις τον αγώνα και όχι απλά να τον τρέχεις.

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E-Press for Spartathlon 2014 Race

The events and the success of this year's race Spartathlon 2014 was spread through the electronic press in many countries. Follow the link below to view publications of Greek and International Journalism.


Jari Tomppo race report

Spartathlon Race Report 2014

Jaana and I traveled to Greece early on Wednesday morning, with the same Air Baltic flights with Janne Klasila and his father and supporter Simo. We had agreed with Janne to cooperate on the support, so we had a common rental car and Simo acting as a driver while Jaana takes care of navigating. Due to some technical problem we had no real navigating system with us and neither had our rental Fiat equipped with one, so we need to get along with Janne's phone & tablet navigators. Well, they succeeded, even though it appeared a few times to be quite challenging to get in the right place at the right time. Only one checkpoint of the fifteen was missed because of wrong route selection, this can be considered as an excellent result for Spartathlon first timers as supporting.

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Dave Krupski race report

Over The Top:  Spartathlon Race Report 2014

It’s been about 36 hours since I’ve gotten back to Florida from my week-long trip to Greece for the Spartathlon. And the one phrase that keeps coming to mind when I reflect on this trip is “over the top.” That phrase truly describes everything about the trip: the Greek hospitality, their enthusiasm/passion for the Spartathlon, the course itself, its level of difficulty, the substantial mountain you must pass over at exactly Mile 100, and the pressure of the time cutoffs (36 hours for 152.4 miles, with 75 checkpoints in-between). “Over the top” also describes the ridiculous financial bargain of this race. What you get for $550 is, quite simply, ridiculous. (More on that later).

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Sam Robson race report

One Foot in Front of the Other: Spartathlon Race Report 2014

The cheers surround me; envelope me; consume me. The drivers that cross my path show their support through blaring horns, enthusiastic shouts, and wild gesticulation. People from all sides shouting, cheering, willing me to finish. They know the journey I have made. They know the suffering. But all of that is a distant memory, washed aside in a torrent of elation at the journey's end. I look up to the sky, at the radiant sun that has shone its rays to both aid and hinder the crossing.
As I squint in the dazzling glow all pain is seemingly washed away, leaving a a feeling of sheer elation. I come back to myself. Live in the moment. Soak in the atmosphere. Take in the experience. Make memories to last a lifetime. We turn the final corner, and there at the end of the road I see my goal. He stands aloft, in defiance of the world, daring me to approach.

"Molon labe; come and get it".

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Bryce A Carlson race report

Spartathlon 2014 Race Report

Looking back at my experience in Greece, I’m filled with so much emotion I don’t know where to begin. Several days after the finish in Sparta, my feelings are still wild and scattered.
In 2010, I set out to complete the Spartathlon, arguably the hardest ultramarathon in the world. At the time, I was filled with more inspiration than experience, and more ambition than sense. Sometimes, though, you just have to jump before you know you can fly. I mean, how do we ever really know we’re ready? I suppose you know for sure when you try and succeed, or try and fail.

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