F.A.Q.

  1. Q: When is the opening date for race applications?
  2. Q: Do I need any previous experience?
  3. Q: How can I get information about the Spartathlon course and route?
  4. Q: What documentation do I need to provide ?
  5. Q: How much is the SPARTATHLON Entry Fee?
  6. Q: When will I receive confirmation that my race application has been accepted?
  7. Q: Is there any prize money offered to runners competing the Spartathlon Race?
  8. Q: When will I receive all the items needed for the event?
  9. Q: Do I need insurance?
  10. Q: What happens if I drop out before the end of the race?
  11. Q: Can I receive assistance from a personal support team?
  12. Q: Will I be able to buy souvenirs of the race?
  13. Q: What are the participations prerequisites?
  14. Q: How many runners will be accepted?
  15. Q: What happens if there are more than 390 applications?
  16. Q: What is the deadline for the payment of the entry fee?

Q: When is the opening date for race applications?

The opening date is January 20th. Applications will be accepted (only via Internet) till February 20th.
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Q: Do I need any previous experience?

The Spartathlon is an extremely tough and unique event and to help maintain the integrity of the race we have to impose certain pre-race qualifications. Full details of these requirements can be found on the Prerequisites page.
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Q: How can I get information about the Spartathlon course and route?

Please refer to the Spartathlon Route page.
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Q: What documentation do I need to provide ?

Documentation is relatively simple and is mostly included within the Entry Form. This includes a declaration from your running club, doctors certificate, 2 passport photographs and your entry form. You should download and read the details shown on the Prerequisites page and complete the race application included on the Entry Form page.
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Q: How much is the SPARTATHLON entry fee?

The entry fee for Spartathlon race for foreign athletes is €520.00 and is payable to the International Spartathlon Association. The Entry Fee includes participation in the race, transportation during, before and after the race to points related to the race and participation of the athlete in the Gala Awards. ISA offers the athletes full board accommodation for six days in Athens and Sparta from Wednesday September 27th(in) to Tuesday October 3rd(out), at designated hotels of its choice, at no extra charge.
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Q: When will I receive confirmation that my race application has been accepted?

After the closing date all applications will be examined and you will receive a confirmation.

Q: Is there any prize money offered to runners competing the Spartathlon Race?

The International Spartathlon Association is a non-profit making cultural and athletics association, registered under public law in Athens. Its finances are derived from fees paid by members. Support in cash, supplies and services for the organisation of the race itself are provided by the sponsorship of Greek and foreign business concerns and private individuals. No prize money has ever been offered to runners throughout the history of the Association. International support of the race has been phenomenal and runners continue to return for the pure thrill and hospitality that is offered by race handlers, volunteers and the citizens of Greece itself.
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Q: When will I receive all the items needed for the event?

Some information will be sent to you at the time we confirm that your application has been accepted and all other outstanding materials such as: room reservations, ID pass, race number and other information will be handed over when the runner officially registers for the race in Athens.
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Q: Do I need insurance?

There is a waiver clause in the application form wording that exempts the International Spartathlon Association (ISA) from responsibility due to a runner's injury or loss of personal possessions. In these times it is normal for the typical tourist to take out travel insurance before leaning their home country, so it is logical for a runner to consider a similar package. Insurance arrangements can be made with most travel agencies, in most countries, and some offer special packages tailor made for athletic pursuits.
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Q: What happens if I drop out before the end of the race?

If you decide to drop out of the race or are eliminated for any reason you will be required to sign the appropriate declaration and hand in your race number to a race official. Spartathlon personnel are responsible for providing onwards transportation to your hotel in Sparta. If you need medical attention this will also be provided by the race organisation.
Details on retirement or elimination can be found on the Rules and Regulations page.

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Q: Can I receive assistance from a personal support team?

All runners may receive assistance from an officially registered support team ONLY at especially designated Check Points. The runner must register his/her support car at the registration office in Athens (Bicycles or motorcycles are not allowed).
Details can be found on the Rules and Regulations page.
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Q: Will I be able to buy souvenirs of the race?

Please contact with the I.S.A.
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Q: What are the participations prerequisites?

Please click on Registration-Participate Guide.
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Q: How many runners will be accepted?

390 runners.
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Q: What happens if thera are more than 390 applications?

Runners who have achieved a performance which is AT LEAST 20% better than one of the participation prerequisites, will be definitely accepted. For the rest of the runners a balloting will take place in order to reach 390 participations. A WAITING LIST will also be formed to replace runners who can not finally participate.
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Q: What is the deadline for the payment of the entry fee?

The Entry Fee must be sent to the International Spartathlon Association not later than 20 May. If the fee is not paid in time, the application will be automatically considered as cancelled.
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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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