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Spartathlon

Sunday October 1st, 2023
Athens, Greece
Distance: 246k · Ultra
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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: 2022-10-01, Distance: 246k
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 21:00:59 Zisimopoulos Fotis 39 Hellas
2nd Male 21:18:15 Somiya Toru 42 Japan
3rd Male 23:06:55 Ishikawa Yoshihiko 34 Japan
4th Male 23:23:53 Erős Tibor 46 Hungary
Female 25:03:41 Dzaviza Diana 35 Latvia
2nd Female 25:34:18 Lizak Marisa 43 USA
3rd Female 27:24:01 Morgan Micah 39 USA
4th Female 28:57:04 Young Ali 48 United Kingdom
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 21:18:15 Somiya Toru 42 Japan
M 50-59 27:53:39 Day Andy 52 United Kingdom
M 60-69 34:13:11 Thomas Ian 63 United Kingdom
F 40-49 25:34:18 Lizak Marisa 43 USA
F 50-59 32:22:44 Caliskaner Line 50 Norway
Spartathlon

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


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