Celikbas Aykut

Celikbas Aykut
  • Full Name: Celikbas Aykut
  • ID: 3552
  • Sex: Male
  • Country: Turkey
  • Nationality: Turkey
  • Birthdate: 1976-01-06
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Spartathlon Finisher 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
24 hour - 225.897 km, Turkish National Record
Race #BIB C/P Time
2018 143 Finish 27:50:46
2016 279 Finish 33:27:07
2015 233 Finish 31:19:35
2014 164 Finish 33:47:09
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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.

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