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Important Notice SP20 - Race Cancellation 2020

SP20 - Race Cancellation 2020

After the official announcement, of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports - General Secretariat of Sports, (https://gss.gov.gr/grafeio-tupou/deltia-tupou/3087-2020-09-01-14-24-38) dated on 01/09/2020, referring to the organization of Sports events outside the stadium, the Board of Directors, of the International SPARTATHLON Association, with great sadness has to inform that, despite the best efforts during the trying times of COVID-19, has to announce that the SPARTATHLON 2020 Race is cancelled.

The Board of Directors looks forward to the realization of SPARTATHLON 2021, with optimism, and wishes much better conditions to all that deal and participate in any way with Long Distance Races.

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Important Notice SP20 - No 3 (UPDATED 17/08/20)

SP20 - No3 (UPDATED 17/08/20)

WE STAY SAFE and WE KEEP SOCIAL DISTANCING

With 2020 being such a peculiar year, we all must realize that we got to be very careful and adaptable to the new situations.

Thus, we’ve created a series of rules that must be followed to ensure that this year’s race is a success.

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Important Notice SP20 - No 2

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SP20 - No2

 The Management Board of SPARTATHLON announces that the preparations are progressing as they were scheduled. 

Thanks to the present favorable situation in Greece and in accordance with the instructions of the greek government the race WILL take place on September 25 and 26, unless the situation caused by the pandemy deteriorates dramatically. 

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Announcement of the International Spartathlon Association regarding the realization or not of the 2020 Spartathlon race

1. The Management Board of Spartathlon wishes and hopes that the race take place on September 25th and 26th 2020 as scheduled. Unfortunately, however, the problems caused by Covid-19 throughout the planet impose a serious question mark on whether this will be possible.

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Press Release 21-09-2017

7 Days to Launch the History of "35th Spartathlon 2017"

logo smallThe time counts backwards for the 35th International Spartathon race, which will take place on 29 and 30 September, on the 246 km Athens-Sparta route with many athletes participating. 35 years have passed since British RAF Champion John Foden and his friends managed to prove that the Historian Herodotus was right when in his reports he described that a man is indeed able to cover 250 km in two days.

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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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