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Saturday October 1st, 2022
Athens, Greece
Distance: 246k · Ultra

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.

Spartathlon is a historical hypermarathon that takes place in late September every year in Greece. It is one of the most challenging races in the world and at the same time of great interest due to its historical background.Spartathlos revives the steps of Pheidippides, an ancient Athenian long distance runner, who in 490 BC, before the battle of Marathon, was sent to Sparta to ask for help in the war that the Greeks waged with the Persians.

According to Herodotus, Phidippides arrived in Sparta one day after his departure from Athens.

In 1984, the "SPARTATHLON" International Association was established, which since then has been organizing the race every September.The choice of this month was because, at that time, Herodotus placed the mission of Pheidippides in Sparta.

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Spartathlon, Race Date: 2019-09-28, Distance: Ultra
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 26:29:24 Tamas Bodis 31 HUN
2nd Male 27:16:59 Zoltan Csecsei 35 HUN
3rd Male 27:26:20 Brunner Radek 44 CZE
4th Male 28:49:13 Higgins Alastair 46 UK
Female 30:16:18 Maraz Zsuzsanna 48 HUN
2nd Female 31:18:08 Irina Masanova 35 RUS
3rd Female 32:15:31 Robnik Natasa 44 SLO
4th Female 33:38:53 Sawyer Sarah 43 UK
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 27:26:20 Brunner Radek 44 CZE
M 50-59 31:01:02 Mavrogiannis Pavlos 52 HEL
M 60-69 36:19:49 Thomas Ian 60 UK
F 40-49 30:16:18 Maraz Zsuzsanna 48 HUN
F 50-59 36:57:07 Mower Amy 50 USA

The winner of the 35th SPARTATHLON is Aleksandr Sorokin (time 22.04)

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