Papamichail Ioannis

Papamichail Ioannis
  • Full Name: Papamichail Ioannis
  • ID: 2691
  • Sex: Male
  • Country: Hellas
  • Nationality: Hellas
  • Birthdate: 1958-03-17
Mini CV
2017 Spartathlon finisher: 34hr. 23min. 22sec.
2012 Spartathlon finisher: 35hr. 24min. 08sec.
2011 Spartathlon finisher: 34hr. 39min. 45sec.

Other Ultra Marathon races (finisher) 100km+: Vft (2008, 2009), Rout (2009), Olympian race (2010), ΟΜΤ (2012,2013), Dolicho (2012, 2015), Mikra Asia (2016), Gyra Mani 80K (2017), Pame Rio 111K (2017), Zagori TERA 80K (2015), Phidippides Run (2014, 2015), Ultra Marathon Festival (2013- 72 hr., 2014- 24hr., 2015- 24hr.), Minoan Feat (2014)

Mountaineering ascents: Olympus (Greece, 1st ascent 1999), Island Peak (Himalaya, Nepal, 2002), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania, 2004), Elbrus (Caucasus, Russia, 2006), Mont Blanc (France, 2008).

Swimming: ex-memebr of Ethnikos G.S. swimming team, ex-member of pre-National swimming team of Greece (1971-1972), 2nd National winner (children cat.) in 200m. breast-stroke (1971), 3rd High School National winner in 200m. breast-stroke (1971)
Race #BIB C/P Time
2017 28 Finish 34:23:22
2012 113 Finish 35:24:08
2011 74 Finish 34:39:45

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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.