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Spartathlon

Saturday September 28th, 2019
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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Race Date: 09/29/2018 Distance: 246k
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 22:55:13 Ishikawa Yoshihiko 30 Japan
2nd Male 23:37:25 Brunner Radek 43 Czech
3rd Male 24:34:30 Oliveira Joao 40 Portugal
4th Male 24:59:18 Tamás Bódis 30 Hungary
Female 27:05:28 Maraz Zsuzsanna 47 Hungary
2nd Female 27:47:16 Kašparová Kateřina 32 Czech
3rd Female 28:36:08 Honkonen Teija 41 Finland
4th Female 28:36:15 Manta Georgia 41 Hellas
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 23:37:25 Brunner Radek 43 Czech
M 50-59 27:02:43 Hearn Bob 52 USA
M 60-69 31:48:05 vidal jean-louis 62 France
F 40-49 27:05:28 Maraz Zsuzsanna 47 Hungary
F 50-59 33:32:00 Stypula Elaine 53 USA
F 60-69 35:25:57 Furuyama Takako 65 Japan
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The winner of the 35th SPARTATHLON is Aleksandr Sorokin (time 22.04)

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