About the Race

Spartathlon is the event that brings this deed to attention today by drawing a legend out of the depths of history. The idea for its creation is belongs to John Foden, a British RAF Wing Commander. As a lover of Greece and student of ancient Greek history, Foden stopped his reading of Herodotus' narration regarding Pheidippides, puzzled and wondering if a modern man could cover the distance from Athens to Sparta, i.e. 250 kms, within 36 hours.

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29 - 30 September 2017

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SPARTATHLON Historical Ultramarathon 246KM Race

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.

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  • Race Report 2016: Angela Terzi

    Race Report 2016: Angela Terzi

    Ο Κομφούκιος είχε πει πως η μεγαλύτερη νίκη μας δεν είναι πως δεν πέφτουμε ποτέ, αλλά πως κάθε φορά που πέφτουμε, σηκωνόμαστε και πάλι. Όσοι  έζησαν τις προσπάθειες μου...

  • Race Report 2016: British Spartathlon Team

    Race Report 2016: British Spartathlon Team

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped, supported or contributed to the British Spartathlon Team in 2016 in whatever capacity. We hope ...

  • Race Report 2016: Ian Thomas

    Race Report 2016: Ian Thomas

    The long tortuous wait was finally over and after another year of tough training, much discussion and some improved results, the biggest test of my metal was beckoning once again. The Iconic Sparta...

  • Race Report 2016: Panagiotis Maltezos

    Race Report 2016: Panagiotis Maltezos

    Κατ αρχήν και μετα από 15 μέρες , θέλω να συγχαρώ από καρδιάς κι από εδώ όλους τους δρομείς που έλαβαν μέρος στον αγώνα . Ασχέτως αποτελέσματος , αν τερμάτισαν η όχι . ...

  • Race Report 2016: Vasilis Perikelous

    Race Report 2016: Vasilis Perikelous

    Σπάρταθλον, ο αγώνας στόχος της χρονιάς και ο αγώνας που ήτανε στο μυαλό μου τα τελευταία 5-6 χρόνια. Θυμάμαι από το 2010 που έβλεπα από τον υπολογιστή την ζωντανή διεξ...

  • Race Report 2016: David Niblack

    Race Report 2016: David Niblack

    For the long distance runner, the Spartathlon is a kind of Matterhorn. It has the ingredients of an epic: a finish line that stretches a long, long way from the start; ...

  • Race Report 2016: Bob Hearn

    Race Report 2016: Bob Hearn

    There is nothing else like Spartathlon. Last year, I ran it for the first time. It was an incredible experience, and I knew almost before it even started that I would h...

  • Race Report 2016: Pam Smith

    Race Report 2016: Pam Smith

    The truth is, Spartathlon was never a "dream" race for me, more like a "eh, that might be interesting some day" kind of race. But my friend Bob Hearn ran it last year and was enamored with it and m...

  • Race Report 2016: David Le Broch

    Race Report 2016: David Le Broch

    J’ai beaucoup d’appréhension avant cette course dantesque, c’est la première fois que je me lance sur une distance de 246 km et avec ma maman l’aventure est toujours un...

  • Race Report 2016: Aykut Celikbas

    Race Report 2016: Aykut Celikbas

    According to dictionary.com, "the moment of truth" is described as the moment at which one's character, courage, skill, etc., is put to an extreme test. In the civilized world, it's all about being...

  • Race Report 2016: Rodrigo Freeman

    Race Report 2016: Rodrigo Freeman

    In 2007 whilst working full time and attending Uni in the evenings I put on a bit of weight; there just wasn’t time to exercise, or so I thought. I got the shock of my life when my favourite pair o...

  • Race Report 2016: David Barker

    Race Report 2016: David Barker

    I’ve just hobbled up some steps onto a temporary wooden platform to take this photo. My feet hurt. They hurt a lot. Sarah, Mark and Dan are below taking their own pictures. I need a minute to mysel...

  • Race Report 2015: Pablo Barnes

    Race Report 2015: Pablo Barnes

    Pablo Barnes es un atleta argentino que desde hace años vive en Italia, país en el cual ha conseguido grandes resultados en las carreras de Ultra-trail. En 2007 ganó, junto con el gran Marco Olmo, ...

  • Race Report 2015: Michael Botes

    Race Report 2015: Michael Botes

    While waiting in the queue I scanned each of the nine people in front of me – knowing that less than half of us will reach the finish line and the same applied to the rest of the crowded room ...

  • Race Report 2015:  Aykut Celikbas

    Race Report 2015: Aykut Celikbas

    You see, last year I ran Spartathlon for the first time and finished in 33:47. My first goal was to finish and then to go below under 34 hours, if possible. So, it seem...

  • Race Report 2015:  Jason Romero

    Race Report 2015: Jason Romero

    Let me start off by saying this is not an easy post to compose. I had fully hoped to be writing a post about successfully completing my Triple Crown of Ultra-Running. I...

  • Race Report 2015: Andrei Nana

    Race Report 2015: Andrei Nana

    In 2015 I was blessed to return to the Spartathlon for the 3rd time. For me it was the greatest honor and the culmination of yet another year. I first ran Spartathlon i...

  • Race Report 2015: Άντζελα Τερζή

    Race Report 2015: Άντζελα Τερζή

    Φτάνοντας στην Κόρινθο, ένιωθα την υπέρτατη χαρά και τον ενθουσιασμό για την συνέχεια... το κομμάτι του αγώνα που μου αρέσει περισσότερο, και που με εκφράζει σαν Αντζυ....

  • Race Report 2015: Dan Lawson

    Race Report 2015: Dan Lawson

    One of the most iconic races of the Ultra season is the 246km Spartathlon held annually in Greece. The Spartathlon traces the footsteps of Pheidippides, the legendary A...

  • Race Report 2015: Paul Ali

    Race Report 2015: Paul Ali

    I marched down the high street towards the finish to the cheers and adulation of the crowd as the raw heat of the sun was starting to cool and early evening approached.

    ...
  • Race Report 2015: Γιώργος Πάνος

    Race Report 2015: Γιώργος Πάνος

    Είναι λίγη ώρα που επέστρεψα σπίτι.
    Ήταν ένα δύσκολο Σπάρταθλο μου είπε ένας ξένος αθλητής, του είπα πως ποτέ το Σπάρταθλο δεν ήταν εύκολο. Συμφώνησε, είχαμε τερματίσει και οι δύο.

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    Τα Νέα του ΣΠΑΡΤΑΘΛΟΝ

    Τα Νέα του ΣΠΑΡΤΑΘΛΟΝ

    Αθήνα 13/01/17

    Το Δ.Σ. του Διεθνούς Συνδέσμου «ΣΠΑΡΤΑΘΛΟΝ» σας εύχεται Χρόνια Πολλά, Καλή Χρονιά με υγεία, χαμόγελο και δύναμη τόσο προσωπικά όσο και οικογενειακά.
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    1) Για τις αρχαιρεσίες που πραγματοποιήθηκαν στις 23 Νοεμβρίου 2016 για την εκλογή του νέου Δ.Σ. για την περίοδο 2017- 2018 
    2) Κοπή Πίτας 2017

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    Described as the world's most grueling race, the Spartathlon runs over rough tracks and muddy paths (often it rains during the race), crosses vineyards and olive groves, climbs steep hillsides and, most challenging of all, takes the runners on the 1,200 meter ascent and descent of Mount Parthenio in the dead of night.
    This is the mountain, covered with rocks and bushes, on which it is said Pheidippides met the god Pan.

    Spartathlon is the event that brings this deed to attention today by drawing a legend out of the depths of history. The idea for its creation is belongs to John Foden, a British RAF Wing Commander. As a lover of Greece and student of ancient Greek history, Foden stopped his reading of Herodotus' narration regarding Pheidippides, puzzled and wondering if a modern man could cover the distance from Athens to Sparta, i.e. 250 kms, within 36 hours.

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