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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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SPARTATHLON Historical Ultramarathon

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.

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

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    Race Report 2017: Ioannis Papamichail

    Είμαι ευγνώμων στο Θεό και τη ζωή που αξιώθηκα να τερματίσω 3 Σπάρταθλα σε 5 προσπάθειες. Είμαι επίσης ευγνώμων στη γυναίκα μου Πόπη που μου συμπαραστάθηκε με τη σκέψη ...

  • Race Report 2017: British Spartathlon Team

    Race Report 2017: British Spartathlon Team

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  • Race Report 2017: Richard Pomeroy

    Race Report 2017: Richard Pomeroy

    The roads from Athens to Sparta were even more punishing than I had imagined. In fact, by the double marathon mark, about 52 miles (83km) in, just after crossing the en...

  • Race Report 2017: Ian Hammett

    Race Report 2017: Ian Hammett

    I’ve been hanging on for 26km…. I haven’t got another 34 in me’ I pleaded with Claire… ‘you don’t realise how horrible this is!’ she could see the turmoil that I was in but there was nothing she co...

  • Race Report 2017: Laurence Chownsmith

    Race Report 2017: Laurence Chownsmith

    Looking back on this challenge, I have many feelings, relief of finally finishing after 3 failed attempts, immense personal satisfaction, and thanks to my Family, especially Allison, for her encour...

  • A volunteer's letter to the 2017 race Spartathletes

    A volunteer's letter to the 2017 race Spartathletes

    Spartathletes,

    I am taking the opportunity to write this as I won’t be able to be alongside your journey this year. After 13 years ...

  • 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

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  • 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...

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    Το Δ.Σ. του Διεθνούς Συνδέσμου «ΣΠΑΡΤΑΘΛΟΝ» σας εύχεται Χρόνια Πολλά, Καλή Χρονιά με υγεία, χαμόγελο και δύναμη τόσο προσωπικά όσο και οικογενειακά.

    Κοπή Πίτας 2018

    Το Δ.Σ. του Διεθνούς Συνδέσμου «ΣΠΑΡΤΑΘΛΟΝ» έχει τη χαρά και την τιμή να σας καλέσει στην κοπή της Πρωτοχρονιάτικης πίτας, προκειμένου να ανταλλάξουμε ευχές, στις 12 Ιανουαρίου 2018, ημέρα Παρασκευή και ώρα 20:30 στο κέντρο «Narkissos Hall»,  Αγ. Κωνσταντίου 52 και Λεωφόρος Κηφισίας, Μαρούσι 151 24, τηλέφωνο: 210 2138366.

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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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