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 !!!