About the Race

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.

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SPARTATHLON Historical Ultramarathon

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.

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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Press Conference 20 September 2021

Press Conference 20 September 2021

Everything is ready for the "39th SPARTATHLON 2021"

The biggest sport event in the world of long distance, the 39th Spartathlon, will start at 7.00 on the morning of Friday, September 24, 2021, from the base of the Holy Rock of the Acropolis of Athens. Runners from 53 countries from all over the world, will travel the distance from Athens to Sparta, passing through archeological sites, roads and paths of Attica and Peloponnese, crossing the top of Mount Artemisio, the plains of Nemea, bridge of Evrotas. They will spread the message of good fight through this historic event.

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Press Conference 20 September 2021 (Greek)

Press Conference 20 September 2021 (Greek)

Everything is ready for the "39th SPARTATHLON 2021"

The biggest sport event in the world of long distance, the 39th Spartathlon, will start at 7.00 on the morning of Friday, September 24, 2021, from the base of the Holy Rock of the Acropolis of Athens. Runners from 53 countries from all over the world, will travel the distance from Athens to Sparta, passing through archeological sites, roads and paths of Attica and Peloponnese, crossing the top of Mount Artemisio, the plains of Nemea, bridge of Evrotas. They will spread the message of good fight through this historic event.

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Health & Safety Protocol 2021

Health & Safety Protocol 2021

Considering the safety and health of the Athletes as well as all those involved in the organization (i.e., judges, volunteers, medical and support personnel, employees, crew members and supporters), the Organizing Committee, having carefully studied the Health and Safety protocols of NPHO (National Public Health Organization) designed the present Protocol against Covid-19.

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Announcement Concerning Vaccinations and Participations 2021 (updated 22/07/2021)

Announcement Concerning Vaccinations and Participations 2021 (updated 22/07/2021)

The International SPARTATHLON Association strictly follows the health protocol as defined by government decisions.

Following new changes in the health protocols this announcement is updated with the following:

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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.