One more Record for the Athens Marathon –
Registrations sold out in all races!
The ultimate maximum participation limits in all event’s races, set by the Local Organizing Committee back in January, are now fully met. More than 20,000 entries in the Marathon Race, 12,000 in the 10k Race and 20,000 in the 5k Race are the main core of the 2019 Athens Marathon while another 8,000 runners, kids and Special Olympics athletes will run the shorter distances (Kids Fun Runs, 3k Race, Special Olympics Fun Run).
More than 60,000 runners from 120 countries will join this unique event that celebrates sports, culture and human values, drawing the world attention to Athens.
Great athletes globally recognized for their significant performances and regular runners that are driven by the joy that participation and finish in the Panathenaic Stadium has to offer, will run side by side in a race that unifies.
The Athens Classic Marathon 2019 edition will take place on November 10.
Marathon Race History
The Marathon Race was born by an historic and heroic event. It was a true triumph accomplished by a news-bearing foot soldier from ancient Athens, who announced – with his last words – the victory of the Greeks against the Persians during the Marathon Battle in 490 BC.
The 42,195m Marathon Race became one of the most competitive events during the revival of the Olympic Games in 1896. A Greek athlete named Spyros Louis, running what has ever since been referred to as the Original Marathon Course from the ancient city of Marathon to the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, won the gold medal of the first modern Olympic Games and became a legend of Greek and International Athletics.
The Marathon Race has always had a prominent place in the hearts and minds of sports enthusiasts, as it represents the highest effort where the human body, soul and mind are tested to their limits as the runner presses himself/herself to reach the finish line.
Grigoris Lambrakis marching alone in the banned Marathon – Athens Peace Rally on Sunday 21 April 1963, one month before his assassination.
Since 1982, the Athens Classic Marathon has been dedicated to Gregoris Lambrakis, the athlete, scientist and Member of Parliament, who was murdered in the 60s and, after his death, became a symbol of Human Rights.