Heinlein Marika

Heinlein Marika
  • Full Name: Heinlein Marika
  • ID: 5735
  • Sex: Female
  • Country: Germany
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Birthdate: 1962-09-01
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Race #BIB C/P Time
2021 24 Finish 35:23:13
2017 70 Finish 33:52:41
2016 140 Finish 35:16:34
2014 169 Finish 33:30:33
2013 254 Finish 33:57:55
2010 154 Finish 34:02:00
2009 155 Finish 33:30:21
2008 95 Finish 31:39:19
2007 155 Finish 34:30:57

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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.