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In 490 BC…
…the first battle for democracy was fought at the Greek village of Marathon. Though overwhelmingly out numbered by an invading Persian Army, the citizen-soldiers of Athens prevailed and in so doing allows the first democracy to be established and preserved the classical Greek way of life that became the foundation of western civilization.Legend has it that, when the battle was won, the Athenian messenger Phidippides ran twenty-four miles to Athens, carrying news of that stunning victory. The modern marathon commemorates this feat.
The Athens Marathon is recognized as the original marathon course and was the same course for the 2004 Olympics held in Athens.
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The first modern Olympics were held in Athens in 1896. A special all marble stadium was built for this historical event which was named The Panathenaikon Stadium. The stadium is still used today for various events, including the finish of the Athens Marathon. During the first modern Olympics of 1896 the first marathon was born. The marathon was inspired (and thus created) from the legend of the messenger Phidippides and the Battle of Marathon of 490 B.C.
This year the Athens Marathon Organizing Committee is celebrating the 120th year anniversary of the first marathon and the creation of the Panathenaikon “Marble” Stadium. The celebration will take place the day of the Athens Marathon, inside of the stadium and before the elite runners arrive.
Join us in Athens for these special festivities and be part of the history.
Space is limited. Don’t be left out!
This is a summary of our program.
(6 day package does not include as much site seeing.
Please see Itinerary for details)
New 12 Day 11 Night Tour
We have added to our 11 day package a visit to the ancient city of Olympia, the birth place of the first Olympics 776 B. C. We can run in the ancient stadium and visit its magnificent museum with many classical statues and see the Helmet of Militiades, the Athenian General of the Battle of Marathon. Olympia is also the location of the lighting of the Olympic Flame.
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Celebrating Our 22nd Anniversary
Apostolos Greek Tours “official travel agent for the Athens Marathon” has been providing quality, hassle-free marathon tour travel packages for runners to participate in the Athens Marathon since 1994.
History of the Athens Marathon
The Marathon has always had a prominent place in the hearts and minds of athletes. It represents the ultimate athletic effort —where the human body, mind and soul are tested to their limits.
And the Athens Marathon is the ultimate Marathon experience, recreating each year the incredible run that started it all 2,500 years ago. Whether you’re a runner or not, we hope you’ll take a few minutes to explore this site and learn more about the Athens Marathon, and why it has such a special place in the hearts of runners throughout the world.
Your Coach, Jeff Galloway
The national program director of my Galloway Training programs, Chris Twiggs, will be there and can answer questions about the course, run-walk-run strategies, and virtually anything else about marathoning. Chris is a Boston Qualifier, and knows my system thoroughly.
When you sign up, you’ll receive Jeff’s training schedule which will provide the training you needed for our race in November. Jeff will also be available to you via email for any clarifications or training questions.
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