Terms of Participation 2021

Terms of Participation in SPARTATHLON 2021



In order to participate in SPARTATHLON 2021, exclusively the 2nd and the 4th Group, from the announcement concerning the Terms & Conditions for the SP 2021, will be admitted. The 2nd and the 4th Group will have to fulfill at least one of the following qualifying races and performances.
The 1st Group will be admitted automatically.

α) Cover a 120 km (men) or 110 km distance (women) in a 12-hour race.
b) Finish a 100-mile race in 21:00 hours (men) or 22:00 hours (women).
c) Finish Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, within 24:00 hours (men) or 25:00 hours (women).
d) Cover at least 180 km (men) or 170 km (women) in a 24-hour race.
e) Finish a non-stop 200-220 km race within 29:00 hours (men) or 30:00 hours (women).
f) Finish UltraBalaton (221 km) in 31:00 hours (men) or 32:00 hours (women)
g) Finish a longer than 220 km non-stop race within 36:00 hours (men) or 37:00 hours (women).
h) Finish Badwater race within 39:00 hours (men) or 40:00 hours (women).
i) Finish Grand Union Canal Race within 34:00 hours (men) or 35:00 hours (women).
j) Finish Sakura Michi 250-km race in 36:00 hours
k) Finish Yamaguchi 100 Hagi-O-Kan Maranic 250-km race within 42:00 hours (men) or 43:00 hours (women).
l) Cover a distance of at least 280 km (men) or 260 km (women) in a 48-hour race.

a) Finish Spartathlon race within 36:00 hours.
b) Finish Olympian Race Nemea-Olympia within 27:00 hours (men) or 28:00 hours (women).
c) Finish Eychidios Hyperathlos 215 km within 33;00 hours (men) or 34:00 hours (women).
d) Finish “ROUT” Rodopi Advendurun 100-mile race within 32:00 hours (men) or 33:00 hours (women).
e) Finish Dolichos Race Delphi-Olympia 255 km within 42:00 hours (men) or 43:00 hours (women).
f) Finish VFUT Paranesti 100 miles race within 32:00 hours (men) or 33:00 hours (women).
g) Finish Dromos Athanaton 142 km race within 17:00 hours men or 18:00 hours (women).
h) Finish FROZEN PEAKS 261 km race within 60:00 hours.

To apply to Spartathlon 2021, runners need to have fulfilled at least one (1) of the above criteria within the years 2019, 2020, 2021 (up to February 25th)


In order for an entry application to be taken into consideration, the runner must meet at least one (1) of the previous criteria during an official non-stop race, the results of which can be accessed online, on the organizer’s website, any athletic website, or on the online database of DUV. The link needs to be included in the Entry Application Form.
* Important note:
a) Custom-made certifications, issued by the race organizer or a timing company, for split times of individual runners are not accepted. In order for a split time to be accepted, it should be timed and officially provided online for all participants of that given race.
b) A qualifying performance needs to be achieved in a race of at least 5 finishers, in order to be accepted.
c) Performances achieved in other races / distances / events, than the ones explicitly mentioned in section 2 are not accepted, even if they are harder to achieve.
d) ISA reserves (as every year) the right to offer automatic admission to a limited number of qualified applicants.


The selected entrants from the 2nd and 4th Group will receive a notification by e-mail, including an invitation to fill-in the Entry Form.
To complete their registration, the selected runners need to complete online their Entry Form by May 15, 2021 or otherwise announced by ISA at the latest and include a recent passport photo, as well as the names of their supporters/crew.
The runner’s participation fees need to be paid by June 20, 2021 at the latest or otherwise announced by ISA. Once the selected entrant satisfies all the above mentioned requirements, his / her name and bib number will be posted on the Starting List on the Spartathlon web site. This is the final confirmation of his / her place in the Spartathlon race 2021.
Failure to meet the above deadline (or any other indicated) will result in the runner’s immediate disqualification and the automatic admittance of the next eligible applicant in the Waiting List.

Supporters and crew members must have paid their participation fee by August 10th, 2021 at the latest, or their participation will be cancelled.


The Participation Fee for Spartathlon 2021 is 600€, payable to the International Spartathlon Association:

Bank account ALPHA BANK, GREECE,
IBAN: GR56 0140 1200 1200 02002010931,
Beneficiary name: International Spartathlon Association.
Beneficiary address: 7, Kodrou street, 10558 Athens, Greece.

The Participation Fee includes participation in the race, race-related transportation during, before and after the race and participation in the Awards Gala.
ISA offers the athletes full board accommodation for six days in Athens and Sparta from Wednesday September 22 (in) to Tuesday 28 (out), at designated hotels of its choice, at no extra charge.
As far as the cost for the crew is concerned, there are four (4) different options:

a) PARTICIPATION package € 60, covering only the registration of one crew member. Additional € 25 for attending the Awards Gala Awards
b) BASIC package € 180, per crew member, covering registration and full board accommodation in Sparta for one or two nights (Sep. 24& 25). Participation in the Awards Gala is included.
c) EXTRA package € 600, per crew member, covering registration, full board accommodation in Sparta for one or two nights (Sep. 24, 25), full board accommodation in Athens for up to 4 nights (Sep. 22,23,26,27), and participation in the Awards Gala (Sep 27 ).


The organizer (International Spartathlon Association) bears no responsibility whatsoever for runners’ health issues during the race. Participants agree to assume full responsibility of their health and training, as well their equipment, according to the race rules. The organizer is no responsible for any property loss (garment, valuables, equipment).
The organizer is no responsible for any loss that may occur in case an entrant is prevented from participating by legal regulations or governmental orders.
Participants are advised to have insurance coverage during the event that will also cover their return back home in case of illness.


By entering the race, participants agree to their personal data (name, date of birth, photo, among others) being provided to third parties for the purposes of race timing, formation of result list and other services. Entrants also accept that such data will be made publicly available on the internet or on printed copies and will be stored and used by ISA for purposes exclusively related to the race.
Finally, entrants consent to not claim any financial reimbursement for any kind of publication related to their participation in the Spartathlon Race. Such publications include, but are not limited to their photos, videos, race footage, year of birth, race performance, race position, interviews being broadcasted or published in books, magazines, newspaper, the web, radio, television etc.


In the rare case of cancellation of the event or inability of its realization due to reasons beyond the organizer's control (such as bad weather conditions, strikes, roads blockade, governmental regulations etc.), the participants agree that no refunds, reimbursements or compensations of any kind shall be provided.


a) All participants need to present a medical certificate of good health, as a race requirement. No runner will be allowed to start the race without such a certificate.
b) Medical certificates need bear the MD’s name, address, seal and a statement that the athlete is able to participate in Spartathlon 246 km race. Health certificates requested especially for the Spartathlon Race need to be issued within 3 months before the race. Entrants belonging to an athletic club may send their annual health certificate upon admittance or anytime before the race.
c) Due to the existing situation (Covid-19) the athlete and their support team has to obtain a certification which will allow him to participate in the race 2021, this certification is mandatory either contain the Covid-19 vaccination certificate or the 72 hour PCR test.


In case of participation withdrawal from the SP 2021 race the ISA will not offer any refunds or reimbursements.


Due to increasing numbers of applications and in order to promote national diversity of the event, ISA imposes the following quotas for participants:

Greece: 55, Japan: 45 , Germany: 30, Any other nation: 25

* Important: Applications for Japan and Germany are processed through the local Spartahtlon associates, which can be found on the "Contact us" menu. Japanese and German runners are kindly requested to apply there. Applications from these countries submitted directly to ISA, are not taken into consideration

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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.