Ανακοίνωση - Announcement

Ανακοίνωση - Announcement

To Διοικητικό Συμβούλιο του Διεθνούς Συνδέσμου ΣΠΑΡΤΑΘΛΟΝ με ιδιαίτερη θλίψη ανακοινώνει ότι ο John Foden έφυγε ήρεμα από κοντά μας το μεσημέρι της Παρασκευής 21/10/2016, σε ηλικία 90 ετών. 

Το 1982, ο John Foden, επί κεφαλής μιας τριμελούς ομάδας Βρετανών δρομέων υπεραποστάσεων, αξιωματικών της R.A.F. και φίλων της ελληνικής ιστορίας κατάφεραν να επαληθεύσουν το γραφόμενο του Ηροδότου ότι ο Φειδιππίδης έφτασε στη Σπάρτη "την επομένη της αναχώρησής του" από την Αθήνα. Ετσι ξεκίνησε το Σπάρταθλον.

Ευχαριστούμε John Foden. Θα σε θυμόμαστε πάντα. 
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It is with great sorrow that the Board of Directors of the International SPARTATHLON Association announces that John Foden passed away quietly on Friday 21/10/2016 around noon, at the age of 90.
In 1982, John Foden, as the team leader of three British ultra runners, officers of the R.A.F. and friends of the Hellenic history, tried and managed to confirm the writing of Herodotus about Phidippides arriving in Sparta "the day after his departure" from Athens. That is how Spartathlon began.

Thank you John Foden. We will always remember you.


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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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