Simonyi Balazs

Simonyi Balazs
  • Full Name: Simonyi Balazs
  • ID: 5881
  • Sex: Male
  • Country: Hungary
  • Nationality: Hungary
  • Birthdate: 1980-08-19
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Balazs Simonyi (1980) is a filmmaker and athlete.

He finished Spartathlon 8 times in a row, 2013-2021, 5th place in 2019
He is the director of the European Film Award shortlisted ULTRA (2017), the creative documentary about Spartathlon and its runners.
Race #BIB C/P Time
2022 333 Finish 30:54:33
2021 84 Finish 29:35:07
2019 229 Finish 26:04:30
2018 393 Finish 34:16:57
2017 368 Finish 34:42:31
2016 208 Finish 33:42:34
2015 345 Finish 35:48:41
2014 255 Finish 33:53:46
2013 379 Finish 35:31:06

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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.