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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



Francisco Valenzuela race report

Frankie Val Spartathlon Race Report 2014

En 2008 yo era una persona con sobrepeso y problemas de salud, los niveles de presión arterial eran elevadísimos, tenía 37 años. Esto me llevó a cambiar mi estilo de vida, comencé a correr y todo dio un giro de 180°
Además de correr, me aficioné por las revistas de corredores y fue en una de ellas que leí, en mayo de 2010, un artículo de Miguel Ángel Basurco, donde contaba su experiencia en una carrera llamada Espartatlón y decía que “Es la carrera más dura del mundo y quien no me crea, que vaya para allá” Seguí leyendo el artículo y causó tal impresión en mí que se convirtió en un sueño, en una meta…aunque yo no corría más de 63 kilómetros, mucho menos en asfalto pues hasta ese momento lo que practicaba era el Trai Running pero haría lo imposible por asistir.

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Andrei Nana race report

Andrei Nana Spartathlon Race Report 2014

My participation in this amazing race took place two weeks ago. As an ultrarunner I cannot be more humbled and honored to have received an invitation for the second year in a row.
The Spartathlon represents everything that is pure and great about ultrarunning, simply put it, it is the Center of ultrarunning and my own personal Center…

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Αθανασιάδης Σταύρος race report

Στη Περίπολο του Rock: Spartathlon Race Report 2014

Για ποιον τρέχεις Σταύρο ;;; Γιατί τρέχεις Σταύρο ;;;

Πολύ τρέξιμο, λίγα λόγια…. αρκετές παράγραφοι για έναν αγώνα όχι όμως οποιοδήποτε αγώνα…

Χωρίς αμφιβολία το να τρέξεις το Σπάρταθλο για πρώτη φορά και να καταλάβεις ακριβώς τι έχεις καταφέρει ,είναι αρκετά δύσκολο έως ακατόρθωτο. Όπως επίσης το να ευχαριστηθείς τον αγώνα. Το άγχος ,το άγνωστο της πρώτης φόρας είναι παράγοντες που δρουν αρνητικά στη χαρά και σε αυτό που λέμε «ευχαριστήθηκα - έζησα τον αγώνα και τη διαδρομή 100%». Είναι ωραίο να ζεις τον αγώνα και όχι απλά να τον τρέχεις.

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E-Press for Spartathlon 2014 Race

The events and the success of this year's race Spartathlon 2014 was spread through the electronic press in many countries. Follow the link below to view publications of Greek and International Journalism.


Jari Tomppo race report

Spartathlon Race Report 2014

Jaana and I traveled to Greece early on Wednesday morning, with the same Air Baltic flights with Janne Klasila and his father and supporter Simo. We had agreed with Janne to cooperate on the support, so we had a common rental car and Simo acting as a driver while Jaana takes care of navigating. Due to some technical problem we had no real navigating system with us and neither had our rental Fiat equipped with one, so we need to get along with Janne's phone & tablet navigators. Well, they succeeded, even though it appeared a few times to be quite challenging to get in the right place at the right time. Only one checkpoint of the fifteen was missed because of wrong route selection, this can be considered as an excellent result for Spartathlon first timers as supporting.

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Dave Krupski race report

Over The Top:  Spartathlon Race Report 2014

It’s been about 36 hours since I’ve gotten back to Florida from my week-long trip to Greece for the Spartathlon. And the one phrase that keeps coming to mind when I reflect on this trip is “over the top.” That phrase truly describes everything about the trip: the Greek hospitality, their enthusiasm/passion for the Spartathlon, the course itself, its level of difficulty, the substantial mountain you must pass over at exactly Mile 100, and the pressure of the time cutoffs (36 hours for 152.4 miles, with 75 checkpoints in-between). “Over the top” also describes the ridiculous financial bargain of this race. What you get for $550 is, quite simply, ridiculous. (More on that later).

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Board of Directors of SPARTATHLON for years 2015-2016

Following the Genaral Assembly of the International Spartathlon Association held on November 26th, the new Board of Directors for the years 2015 and 2016 has been formed as follows :

President: Kostis Papadimitriou
Vice President: Georgios Kalandzakos
Secretary Gen. & Treasurer: Panagiotis Alikaniotis
Assistant Treasurer: Tassi Dellopoulou
Curator of Material: V. Panagiotopoulos
Member: Panagiotis Tsiakiris
Member: Vaggelis Polymeris
Member: Christina Papastaurou 
Member: Panagiotis Bonelis

Panagiotis Tsiakiris has been nominated Honorary President

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