Spartathlon – Ultramarathon Race (Athens to Sparta) 2019

Where: From the foot of the Athens Acropolis to Sparta, ,
When: Friday, September 27, 2019 - Saturday, September 28, 2019 - Estimated date!
Acropolis, Athens - CarniFest Online Photo © All Rights Reserved
Acropolis, Athens
CarniFest Online Photo © All Rights Reserved

Every year, on the last Friday of September, the Spartathlon race starts from the Acropolises foot square in Athens (fFrom Athens to Sparta). This is an Ultra marathon with the participation of more than 200 runners from all over the world.

The race perpetuates the heroic story of Pheidippides the messenger of the Greek army. According to the documentation of the historian Herodotus from 440 B.C., In the wartime between Persia and Greece, Pheidippides was sent from Athens to Sparta in order to get reinforcement. He reached Sparta after two days.

According to the most known legend, from 490 B.C., The messenger ran from Marathon to Athens in order to inform the victory of the Greek upon the Persians.

According to this legend, he screamed “Victory” and dropped dead.
The participants of the race run between Athens and Sparta. 75 checkpoints exist on the way and the runners have to pass 246 km (152.85 miles) in two days. Incredible !!!

Attractive prices suited for all budgets, Many hotels suggest FREE CANCELLATION option or NO PREPAYMENT NEEDED – PAY AT THE PROPERTY, Get Immediate confirmation by email.
IMPORTANT !
Please note that the details of the event are subject to change. We strongly recommended that you check with the organizers before making any travel arrangements.
 

Event Related Information

Contact details:
International Spartathlon Association
Phone: +30 210 322 3642
Contact Email:

Country Information

Capital:
Athens
Currency:
Euro (EUR)
Voltage and Frequency:
220v 50Hz
Dialing country code:
+30
Time Zone:
UTC+2 (Summer UTC+3)
Language:
Greek
Location:
Southern Europe, bordering the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea, between Albania and Turkey.
Information email:
Tourist website:
Information address:
Ellinikos Organismos Tourismou-EOT (Greek/Hellenic
Climate:
Temperate; mild, wet winters; hot, dry summers.
Greece background and overview
Greece achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1829. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations. In World War II, Greece was first invaded by Italy (1940) and subsequently occupied by Germany (1941-44); fighting endured in a protracted civil war between supporters of the king and Communist rebels. Following the latter's defeat in 1949, Greece joined NATO in 1952. A military dictatorship, which in 1967 suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country, lasted seven years. The 1974 democratic elections and a referendum created a parliamentary republic and abolished the monarchy. In 1981 Greece joined the EC (now the EU); it became the 12th member of the euro zone in 2001.
[Courtesy of The World Factbook]

City Information

In-country dialing code:
1
Longitude:
23.73333°
Latitude:
37.98333°

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