Litochoro, Pieria (Greece) - "Olympus Marathon". Olympus Marathon is the International mountain running event, carried out on Mount Olympus, the world famous Greek mythical "Mountain of the Gods". The route itself revives the sacred trail ancient Greeks followed to Olympus, where they ascended every year in order to honour and sacrifice to Zeus. At its very beginning, the track of the race lies exactly on the ancient route, starting from the remains of the sacred city of Dion, one of the most significant archaeological sites in Greece today. The mountain, apart from being the National Park, is listed as a “World Natural Heritage Monument” by UNESCO. Olympus Marathon, the main race, starts from the Archaeological Park of Dion town at almost zero altitude (3m) and reaches the highest point at 2780m altitude, passing just below the “Throne of Zeus", one of the highest and steepest peaks of the mountain with the magnificent scenery. The race, covering approximately 44km, is completed in Litochoro town, the most important resort of the region, located at 300m above sea level. Ascending, from the start to the highest point of the route, is continuous and covers over 2800m of total elevation gain in about 21 km. The track of the route crosses the Eastern side of the Mount Olympus and the view the athletes enjoy at its highest parts, is truly breath taking. Racing in the “Mountain of Gods”, offers athletes the unique opportunity to take part in one of the main races of its kind throughout the world. Registration for the 20th edition of Olympus Marathon, which will take place on the last weekend of June 2024, opens on January 28, 2024 and ends on May 31, 2024. Olympus Marathon ® (44km, +3350m) on Saturday, June 29, 2024; Olympus Ultra (71km, +5550m) on Saturday, June 29, 2024; Olympus Vertical (4.25km, +1000m) on Friday, June 28, 2024; Eagles Ridge (12.5km, +480m) on Sunday, June 30, 2024; Melindra Trail (5km, +180m) on Sunday, June 30, 2024. www.olympus-marathon.com




Athens, Athens - Sparta (Greece) - "Spartathlon". Spartathlon is the event that brings this deed to attention today by drawing a legend out of the depths of history. Described as the world's most grueling race, the Spartathlon runs over 245km form Athens to Sparta through tracks and paths, 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. The runner finish the race by touching King Leonidas foot in Sparta. www.spartathlon.gr




Athens (Greece) - "Athens Marathon". Saturday 11 November 2024: 10km Road Race (15,000 participants) and Universities Night Run (3,000 participants). Sunday 12 November 2024: Marathon Race (20,000 participants), 5km Road Race (20,000 participants) and 1,2km Kids Race (1,200 participants). www.athensauthenticmarathon.gr

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