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International Historical Ultramarathon Race ATHENS - SPARTA 246 klm


SPARTATHLON is a historic ultra-distance foot race that takes place in September of every year in Greece. It is one of the most difficult and satisfying ultra-distance races in the world because of its unique history and background.

This page was created to provide you with information about the race, the history of the event, statistics, photos and information on how you can participate. In our pages you can also find the latest news from the International Spartathlon Association (I.S.A.) and details of our International Offices, which you may contact for more information.

The Spartathlon revives the footsteps of Pheidippides, an ancient Athenian long distance runner, who in 490 BC, before the battle of Marathon, was sent to Sparta to seek help in the war between the Greeks and the Persians. According to the ancient Greek historian Herodotus, Pheidippides arrived in Sparta the day after his departure from Athens.

From 1984 the International Association "Spartathlon" was founded, which since then has continuously organized the race each September. The choice of this month is because that is the time reported by Herodotus for Pheidippides’ run to Sparta




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Race Report 2015: Dan Lawson

One of the most iconic races of the Ultra season is the 246km Spartathlon held annually in Greece. The Spartathlon traces the footsteps of Pheidippides, the legendary Athenian messenger sent to Sparta in 490 BC to seek help against the Persians in the Battle of Marathon. Pheidippides, according to an account by Greek historian Herodotus in The Persian Wars arrived in Sparta the day after he departed 36 hours later, hence the 36 hour cut off for the race.

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Race Report 2015: Paul Ali

I marched down the high street towards the finish to the cheers and adulation of the crowd as the raw heat of the sun was starting to cool and early evening approached. The street was lined with hundreds of supporters, locals and well-wishers who were giving the finishing athletes an incredible reception and acknowledging their efforts and the end of the journey.

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Race Report 2015: Lawrence Eccles

Early stages of the race to show the traffic and that I was not the only person in an orange T-shirt. The main difficulty of the race is the heat. Even in September Greece still sees low 30s. There have been horror years were temperatures have crept into the 40s. Since I failed to finish in 2014 I adopted a cautious approach from the start in 2015. Unfortunately I could not help myself and was overtaking people through the early stages, then I caught up with Pat Robbins, a British runner who finished 7th in 2013.

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Race Report 2015: Debbie Martin-Consani

You know one of those races that you're never ever going to do? Like never? That was my initial response when I first heard about Spartathlon. That heat and all that road, forget it.
But after a few years in the sport, the crazy gets crazier and the unthinkable becomes infatuation. It's one of the world's classic ultra-distance races, so ranked high on my bucket list...

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Race Report 2015: Michael Botes

While waiting in the queue I scanned each of the nine people in front of me – knowing that less than half of us will reach the finish line and the same applied to the rest of the crowded room of participants. How do I know this? Thirty two years of history has proven that on average only 41% of participants starting the race will reach the finish line.
I measure the physique of each of my “opponents”. Their bodies are lean with the definition of muscle clearly visible and a hungry look in their eyes. I suppose this is exactly what athletes look like after months of intense training.

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Race Report 2015: Pablo Barnes

Haciendo memoria en el 2009 contacte a los organizadores de la Spartathlon pero era tarde y me dijeron que pruebe el próximo año, desde ese entonces nunca más me sentí seducido por esta carrera y pasaron los años, las carreras hasta que en una conversación de alguien en Facebook me nombraron diciendo que era una carrera que me faltaba, basto una pequeña averiguación y viendo que ahora se podía hacer todo fácilmente por internet, me anote…

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Πρόσκληση Γενικής Συνέλευσης Μελών 2015

Αγαπητά Μέλη,

Σε εφαρμογή του άρθρου 6 του Καταστατικού του Συνδέσμου το Δ.Σ. σας καλεί στις 25 Νοεμβρίου 2015, ημέρα Τετάρτη και ώρα 18.00 στο Ξενοδοχείο ΑΜΑΛΙΑ για την πραγματοποίηση της Τακτικής Γενικής Συνέλευσης με θέματα Ημερησίας Διάταξης


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