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The start point of the 42,195 km Athens Classic Marathon 2013 race-course is the town of Marathónas, with its finishing point being the horseshoe-shaped Panathenaic Stadium, the beautiful marble stadium in which the first modern Olympics were held in 1896. The Marathon idea was inspired by the legend of Pheidippides, a professional runner-soldier; the legend states that he delivered the message of the Greek victory over the Persians in 490 BC. The French Sorbonne Professor Michel Bréal, invoking the legend of Pheidippides, suggested the inclusion of a long-distance race of 42,195km (equivalent to the distance “Athens -Marathon”) in the first Olympic Games; as an intervention of fate, the first Marathon winner was the Greek water-carrier Spyros Louis.
MESSAGE BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ATHENS CLASSIC MARATHON ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Let us welcome you in the 31st Athens Classic Marathon event to be held on November 10, 2013. The Athens Classic Marathon has turned into the biggest, most massive and most significant of all sport events in Greece over the last years. It plays an important role in the development of the running community in Greece, promoting an alternative way of life and bringing thousands of people closer to sports and running habits.
On the other hand, the Athens Classic Marathon is at the same time a major international sport event, with runners and spectators from all around the world, highlighting the city of Athens and Greece worldwide.
The Organizing Committee, our partners, staff and volunteers, under the guidance of the Hellenic Athletics Federation and with valuable support by our sponsors, will do their best so that this year’s event proves to be an extraordinary lifetime experience for all participants.
Ioannis Stamatopoulos, Chairman of the Athens Classic Marathon Organizing Committee
Information about the Race
Official Website: http://www.athensclassicmarathon.gr/
The Marathon Race starts at 09.00am sharp from the Marathon Start Venue in the town of Marathon.
The first 200m of the course are slopping, leading the runners away from the Start area. The first 4 kilometers go downhill. The runners run along the Marathonos Avenue up to the 4thkm, where they turn right and enter the Marathonomachon Str., and area of the Marathon Tomb (War Memorial), which they follow for the next 2.2km. The course follows a rather circular route around the War Memorial.
The course becomes flat from the 6th to the 10thkm (Nea Makri). From the 11th to the 17thkm the course goes uphill at certain parts. Then, and up to Rafina Junction, the runners meet a steep descent. Starting from the Rafina Junction, the course goes uphill again, while the most difficult part is found up to the 20thkm. As the runners pass along the district of Pikermi, they run through some of the, more or less, uphill parts of the course up to the 25thkm. The passage through the city of Pallini (27km – 28km) is also uphill. The last and most difficult part of the course starts from Gerakas and goes up to Stavros Junction (30km – 31km). This steep ascent is followed by a steep descent leading to the Agia Paraskevi Square. Then, the runners follow the Mesogeion Avenue, going through the districts of Chalandri and Cholargos, meeting flat and downhill parts of the course up to the finish. The most characteristic downhill part is the one that starts form the Ministry of National Defense and finishes at the Katechaki Junction (37.5km), where the runners pass under the relevant bridge.
Right after the Erricos Dynnan Hospital, the runners continue left on Michalakopoulou Avenue until the traffic lights at Michalakopoulou and Pheidippidou crossroad. They continue running on Pheidippidou Str., until the crossroad at Kiffisias & Alexandras Avenue. The latter crossroad highlights the 39thkm, while the runners continue left on Vas. Sofias Avenue. On Vas. Sofias Avenue, the runners pass by the American Embassy, the Athens Music Hall and the Park of Liberty (40km), where the last feed zone is located. As they reach the Hilton Hotel, they slightly turn right heading towards the Syntagma Square, passing by the Evaggelismos Hospital and the War Museum.
At the last part of the Marathon Course and having turned on the Hrodou Attikou Street, the runners have eye contact with the Panathinaikon Stadium, passing by the Presidential Residency and the National Gardens. Only a few meters remain in order for the runners to enter the Stadium and run the last meters inside it, before reaching the finish line.
The runners enter the Panathinaikon Stadium from the left side, where the Finish Arch is found.
IMPORTANT: The location of the finish line has changed. The Finish Arch is found on the left side of the Panathinaikon Stadium.
All runners will be allocated in starting blocks in the start area based on their bib numbers and its color.
The allocation in blocks is made according to the performances stated by the runners themselves on their registration form and they concern the last three years (2011-2013). In case no performance is stated on the registration form, the runner will be automatically place in one of the last two blocks.
A “Wave start” system is implemented, while seven (7) different “wave starts” are given. Τhe latest 15 minutes before the start (at 08:45am), the runners should be found in the appropriate starting blocks, as it will indicated on their bib number. Based on the above, the runners should not worry as their net running time will also be recorded.
• The race starts at 9.00am sharp (Block 1).
• Second block starts one (1’) minute later (09.01).
• Third block starts two (2’) minutes (09.03) after the second wave have started.
• All other wave starts will be given every four (4’) minutes.
It is important to say that in order for someone to participate in the Marathon Race, he/she should be at least 18 years old.
TIME LIMIT TO FINISH THE RACE
The Marathon Race and Power Walking are concluded at 17.30, by when all runners should have reached the finish line.
Click here to see the full size map of the 31st Athens Classical Marathon’s Course.