Before the race
Please read the race rules very carefully. Find them in THE SPARTATHLON web site : PARTICIPATION-> RACE RULES.
Thursday and Friday: Due to the large number of participants (runners and supporters) it is impossible to organize a technical briefing at any of the hotels of the race. So if you need additional information and questions concerning the race or the race rules, please proceed to the information desk located next to the registration desk at the OASSIS HOTEL
You are allowed to SEND TO SPARTI only one bag or a small suitcase with your personal items and cloths necessary for your short staying there. You will find special stickers with your BIB number in your athlete΄s bag. Attach them on your luggage so that you can find it at your hotel in Sparta.
The rest of your luggage will be safely kept until you return to Glyfada-Athens. The RECEPTION of the hotel will show you where to leave your luggage.
Saturday September 30th: Breakfast will be served between 05:00 and 05:30. Empty your room and make sure that nothing is left there.
After the breakfast deposit your luggage (do not forget the BIB number on it) just in front of the entrance of your hotel and get on your bus which will bring you to the starting point (Acropolis). Your luggage will be collected by a Spartathlon lorry (van). Be on the bus at 05.45
REMEMBER: Head lamps (+spare batteries) and rear reflectors are absolutely mandatory during the night. You risk your disqualification if you do not have them
FOR YOUR SAFETY: Do not forget to always have with you your GPS tracking device.
Fill in the required medication information at the back side of your BIB number
Runners who will go to the start by their own means must be at the start point at 06:30 at the latest.
There will be CHEMICAL TOILETS at the start point.
During the race
BOTH your BIB numbers must be always clearly visible(front and back) on your running clothes.
NO ADVERTISEMENT is allowed on your running suit. The name of your country or your athletic club is allowed
Walking sticks are not allowed at any part of the race.
Μobile phones are allowed.
For safety reasons any kind of music device is not allowed.
For environtmental reasons no small plastic water bottles will be used. Use the glasses or fill your own flasks(bottles) at the C/Ps. Do not throw any garbage on the road between the check points. There will be waist baskets at every check point
REMEMBER : Every check point is an elimination (cut off) point. Closing time must be strictly kept.
ROUT MARKING: yellow arrows on the asphalt(tarmac) road. Avoid the white arrows, remainings of other races. Red and white ribbons, arrows on trees or walls will also show your way. Some glow sticks(chemical lights) at night time.
GPS TRACKING device : Turn your device ON 15(fifteen) minutes before the start of the race by pressing the button ON/OFF and have it on you during the whole race. Turn it OFF after the end of the race or in the unfortunate situation you have to abandon. Press the SOS button only in case of emergency if you really need help. Avoid to play with ON/OFF and SOS buttons. This may cause important problems to the race. The devices must be returned to SPARTATHLON after the race. If you loose it the cost is 50€
Instructions to the supporters (crews)
Assistance to your runner is allowed only at the following check points : 12, 22, 26, 29, 32, 35, 40, 43, 47 52, 57, 60, 65, 68, 72, 75.
Stay away from the area of the check points except the ones just mentioned. You are not allowed to use bicycle, motorbike or caravan. Don΄t drive near your runner during the race.
In case you want to deliver an extra drop bag to your runner, reach the check point before the arrival of the runner, give it to the c/p crew and leave the c/p. The crew will take care of the delivery. Do not forget to write the BIB number on the drop bag.
Trust the check points crews. They are ready to assist your runner. Give them a big smile.
Dear runners and supporters please respect the race rules : The race officials may show a yellow or even a red card to YOUR RUNNER in the case you do not comply with the rules.
After the race
Medical care for all runners next to the finish line.
Sunday, October 1st at 21.00. Celebration organized by the Municipality of Sparta at the main square of the city. Podium for the first three men and women
Monday morning at the Sparta closed gymnasium: runners can collect their items left at the check points during the race.
Lunch to be offered by the Mayor of Sparta. Buses to Glyfada-Athens
Tuesday evening at 19:00: Medals award ceremony. Good bye party.
Participation will be allowed only to the bearers of an entrance ticket provided by the secretariat.