Sugiura Kazunari

Sugiura Kazunari
  • Full Name: Sugiura Kazunari
  • ID: 3231
  • Sex: Male
  • Country: Japan
  • Nationality: Japan
  • Birthdate: 1957-01-21
Mini CV
Race #BIB C/P Time
2013 331 Finish 34:36:11
2011 222 Finish 31:53:55
2010 229 Finish 31:29:00
2009 315 Finish 34:04:54
2008 193 Finish 33:50:30
2006 215 Finish 33:15:12
2005 198 Finish 34:09:26
2004 105 Finish 35:04:33

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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.