Välipirtti Vesa

Välipirtti Vesa
  • Full Name: Välipirtti Vesa
  • ID: 3722
  • Sex: Male
  • Country: Finland
  • Nationality: Finland
  • Birthdate: 1963-05-28
Mini CV
Spartathlon 2017 time 33,46,54
Spartathlon 2018 time 35,22,18
Race #BIB C/P Time
2018 44 Finish 35:22:18
2017 165 Finish 33:46:54






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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