Title: Spartathlon Ultra Race Descriptive info: Historical Information.. Race Road.. Ancient Cities.. Medical Services.. Participants.. Finishers.. Web News.. Articles - Press.. Press Release.. Participate Guide.. Information.. FAQ.. Application Form.. Race 2013 Participants.. Dear Friends and Spartathletes,.. We feel the need to thank you for the love and great interest for the race SPARTATHLON.. The participations closed less than one week of the announcement and the waiting list is over 160 runners.. Following the next link you can find the 350 participants, which will be completed from the waiting list in case of cancellation, in order of priority by the applications.. Participants Race 2013.. For your information about the race find.. usefull documents.. in the downloads.. Ahletes who did not meet the qualifications for participation and expect results from a next race are included on the waiting list.. Applications by others are rejected.. The selection of participants will be finalized with the submission of an entry fee, no later than June 1, 2013.. The Organizing Committee.. Welcome.. SPARTATHLON is a historic ultra-distance foot race that takes place in September of every year in Greece.. It is one of the most difficult and satisfying ultra-distance races in the world because of its unique history and background.. This page was created to provide you with information about the race, the history of the event, statistics, photos and information on how you can participate.. In our pages you can also find the latest news from the International Spartathlon Association (I.. ) and details of our International Offices, which ... cover the 250 kilometers separating the two towns in one and a half days.. The enthusiastic British team showed that the report by Herodotus was entirely plausible.. A man is indeed able to cover 250 km in less than two days and in fact in less than 40 hours.. After the success of the project, the architect of the feat, John Foden, began to envision the establishment of a race that would bring long distance runners to Greece from around the world to run on the trail of the ancient runner Pheidippides.. The next year a multinational team of British, Greek and other enthusiastic supporters of the idea, led by Michael Callaghan, a philhellene, organized the First International Spartathlon (Open International Spartathlon Race), wherein the name for the race combines the Greek words for Sparta and Feat.. The race was held with the approval and supervision of the Athletics Federation with the participation of 45 runners from 11 countries and included the participation of women.. The organizational success of this inaugural race and it’s broad appeal were decisive to the subsequent establishment of the annual race.. Accordingly, in 1984 the International Association "Spartathlon" was founded, which since then has continuously organized the race each September.. The choice of this month is because that is the time reported by Herodotus for Pheidippides’ run to Sparta.. Athlete Actions.. Username.. Password.. Remember Me.. Forgot your password?.. Forgot your username?.. Downloads.. Usefull Documentations.. Race Map.. We have 72 guests online.. Route Weather..
Title: The Race Descriptive info: The Race.. 1983 - Today.. The battle of Marathon in 490 B.. C.. , one of the most famous battles in world history, constituted a landmark and a starting point in the history of civilization.. The triumph of the genius of Miltiades and the self-denial of his soldiers made the hordes of Persians flee and rescued Athens and Hellenism from the utmost danger of subjugation to the barbarian invaders.. The effects of the victory at Marathon continue to influence the present.. It was the first victory against the planned domination of "Asianization" over Europe and an event with momentous significance.. Because of this victory, Athens was able to achieve a great deal and bequeath the benefits of its knowledge, arts and virtue to mankind.. Two and a half thousand years after that historical battle, a sports event, inseparably related to it, was born in Greece.. It's Name was Spartathlon.. It all started from Herodotus' account of the Battle of Marathon.. The great historian of antiquity described the details of the battle many years later and mentioned the deeds of Pheidippides, an Athenian messenger, sent by his generals to Sparta in order to secure help for the reinforcement of the scanty Athenian forces against the forthcoming Asiatic incursion.. According to Herodotus, Pheidippides arrived in Sparta on the next day of his departure" from Athens.. An Epic Deed.. 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.. He thought that the only way to find out was to try to run the historical course since he himself was a long-distance runner.. Thus, he and four other colleagues from the RAF came to Athens in the autumn of 1982 and planned the run as closely as possible to Herodotus' description.. On 8th October they started their adventure to see whether their speculations could be verified.. On 9th October, the next day, John Foden arrived in Sparta in front of the statue of Leonidas having run for 36 hours.. His colleague, John Scholten, had arrived half an hour earlier and finally, John McCarthy got to the finish line in less than 40 hours.. The British team proved Herodotus was right! A man is really able to cover 250 km in two days.. When John Foden and his colleagues first arrived in Athens, they were warmly welcomed and supported by members of the British community and Greek friends.. After the success of the first attempt, the pioneer of this event began to envision the establishment of a foot race that would bring long distance runners from all over the world to Greece for a race following in the tracks of the ancient runner.. The results are now widely known.. Undoubtedly the historical context of the race, closely connected to the Olympic idea and consequently with compete unselfishness, appealed to the imagination and caused unprecedented excitement amongst a great number of long distance runners throughout the world.. Their response was, justifiably, immediate and catalytic.. The 1st International Spartathlon was organized in 1983 with the participation of 45 runners from 11 countries as well as Greece.. The success and participation were decisive for the future and the development of the race.. Thus, in 1984, the "International Spartathlon Association" (I.. ) was created.. Since then, the I.. has organized the race every September as, according to Herodotus' account, Pheidippides' mission to Sparta was made at that time of the year.. The revival of a page of ancient Greek history is established now as one of the most famous sporting events worldwide.. Great runners come to Athens from Australia and Japan, Canada and the USA, including, of course, most European countries.. All of them are attracted to the uniqueness and difficulty of the race as well as the modesty and respect of the athletic ideals imposed by a race known as "mythic".. In addition, beyond its athletic aspect, Spartathlon has become a powerful tribute from which real messages of friendship and peace can be sent to the peoples of the earth without political or racial discrimination.. A tribute where Greece is also promoted crowned by its unparalleled hospitality and natural beauties.. Thus hundreds of runners who have participated in Spartathlon carry home their images and experiences from Greece, and are our best ambassadors abroad.. About the Race.. Described as the world's most grueling race, the Spartathlon runs over rough tracks and muddy paths (often it rains during the race), crosses vineyards and olive groves, climbs steep hillsides and, most challenging of all, takes the runners on the 1,200 meter ascent and descent of Mount Parthenio in the dead of night.. This is the mountain, covered with rocks and bushes, on which it is said Pheidippides met the god Pan.. In 2,500 years man has had no impact at all.. There is still no pathway over the mountain that is swept by strong winds with temperatures as low as 4°C.. The ascent is marked out by a trail of battery-driven colored flashing lights and its challenge is a trial for human stamina and mental strength.. Over the mountain the last sections are no less energy sapping and exhausting for the runners as they follow a road that winds up and down hills before descending into Sparta.. Even the finest athletes start hallucinating as they cover these final stages.. Having lost all sense of time and reality, they are "on automatic" as they push their weary bodies on towards the finishing line at the statue of Leonidas.. At most, only about a third of the runners who leave Athens end the course in Sparta.. The goal of all participants is to cover the course within the 36-hour time limit.. Setting records is the primary aim.. Those who succeed in reaching Sparta have trouble finding words to describe their feelings.. Spartathlon has to be lived through.. It is a very personal experience in which the athletes dream about participating.. Their imagination is stirred by the idea of being a modern Pheidippides, running in the footsteps of the ancient messenger.. They train for years to get fit enough both physically and mentally to meet the race's demands.. The Spartathlon course is conducted point-to-point, the elevation ranges from sea level to 1,200 meters (3,937 ft), over tarmac road, trail and mountain footpath.. Aid stations are placed every 3 to 5 km and are provisioned with food, water and other refreshments as well as the runners' personal supplies.. The race is run under police and medical supervision with doctors, physiotherapists, and emergency vehicles being on call throughout the 36-hour race duration.. The race is very demanding, not only because of the distance, but also for the cut-off requirements and weather conditions.. It should be noted that each of the 75 race control points has its own time limitations and should a runner arrive later than the official closing time he or she will be eliminated from the race.. For a runner to be able to plan effectively it is useful to look at the race in series of sections as shown in the following table:.. Race Section.. Check Point No.. Distance From Athens.. Final Point Closes.. Distance for Sector.. Max Time.. ATHENS TO CORINTH.. 0 - 22.. 81 KM.. 16:30 FRIDAY.. 9:30 HOURS.. CORINTH TO.. NEMEA.. 22-35.. 124 KM.. 23:00 FRIDAY.. 43 KM.. 6:30 HOURS.. NEMEA TO.. LYRKIA.. 35-43.. 148,4 KM.. 03:30 SATURDAY.. 24,5 KM.. 4:00 HOURS.. LYRKIA TO.. NESTANI.. 43 -52.. 172 KM.. 07:30 SATURDAY.. 23,5 KM.. 4:30 HOURS.. NESTANI TO.. TEGEA.. 52-60.. 195 KM.. 11:00 SATURDAY.. 23 KM.. 3:30 HOURS.. TEGEA TO.. SPARTA.. 60-75.. 245,3 KM.. 19:00 SATURDAY.. 50,3 KM.. 8:00 HOURS.. Corinth Section.. Leaving the starting line at the base of the celebrated Acropolis of Athens the runners set out down the pedestrian precinct that is Apostolou ... in the Acropolis Museum that was erected in 1878.. It is a unique museum where one can become acquainted with the origins of Attic art.. ELEUSIS.. A city-state of ancient Greece, this town was named after the “eleusis” (which means “arrival” in ancient Greek) of the goddess Demeter’s who came here looking for her lost daughter Persephone.. To honor Demeter and Persephone, secret “Eleusinian Mystery” ceremonies were held.. Eleusina is the hometown of the most illustrious tragic poet of ancient Greece and of all time, Aeschylus (525 B.. ).. The city occupied a very important place in history, as for many centuries, it has been, along with Delphi and Delos one of the greatest cultural centers of the ancient world.. Important ruins of Demeter’s sanctuary, known under the name of great Telestirion where the ceremonies of initiation in the Eleusinian Mysteries were held, can be seen today.. A museum houses the numerous archeological finds from the area.. Today, Eleusina is a constantly developing industrialized town.. MEGARA.. As far back as the 8th Century B.. , glorious Megara was a powerful and autonomous city in Ancient Greece.. Her seafaring people founded very important colonies in Sicily, by the Marmara and Black Seas and the famous Byzance (today, Constantinople) on the coast of the Bosporus during the 6th and 7th centuries B.. The welfare and prosperity of Megara were mainly due to the trade between the metropolis and its rich colonies.. Its great wealth exerted a cultural influence on its inhabitants and inspired very important personalities in the field of arts and letters: the philosopher Euclid (450 - 374 B.. ), founder of the Megara philosophy, his disciple, Stilpon, the great architect Eupalinos, the famous elegaic poet, Theognis, as well as large number of sculptors and other poets.. Megara is considered the hometown of comedy because its inhabitants were famous for their high-spirited nature and the satirical improvisations.. The ancient city, along with its multitude of magnificent monuments, is amply described in Pausanias’ works about travelling.. The most remarkable landmarks were Theaghnis’ Fountain and the aqueduct which supplied the water, the majestic Temple of Zeus with a statue of the god of gods, the Temple of Artemis containing a statue of the goddess along with statues of the twelve gods of Olympus made by Ptaxiteles, the Temple of Athina on the city’s Acropolis with a gold plated statue of the goddess, the Temples of Dionyssos, Isis and Apollo and a vast number of other temples and sanctuaries dedicated to various deities.. There is a celebrated dance in Megara called “Trata” which is performed by young girls wearing beautiful, gold-worked traditional costumes and reminiscent of the ancient dance of veiled virgins.. It takes place every year on the Tuesday following Easter Sunday and attracts large numbers of visitors.. It is worth mentioning that the young girls of Megara are famous for their beauty, their stature and their Dorian profile.. ANCIENT CORINTH.. Ancient Corinth was one of the most illustrious cities of ancient times and one of the first cradles of art.. The city, built at the foot of Akrokorinth, had become extremely rich and was ornamented with magnificent monuments and buildings, among which dominated the temple of Apollo and the Agora.. The greatly prized Corinthian vases and idols were created in the city and painting and poetry flourished.. A new style in the architecture of columns was elaborated, the Corinthian style.. The city was looted and burned down by the Romans in 146 B.. and for one hundred years the “lumen totius Graeciae” (the light of all Greece, according to Cicero) was put out.. It was reconstructed in 46 A.. D.. by Julius Caesar and rapidly developed.. In 52 A.. the Apostle Paul founded a church.. He addressed two Epistles to the church and its members.. The modern city of Corinth, built 8 km from Ancient Corinth, is one of the major urban centers of the Peloponnese.. ANCIENT NEMEA.. Ancient Nemea was a renowned city of ancient times because of the great Panhellenic Games, called “ NEMEA ”, held there every two years, and also because of the famous Temple of Zeus of the 4th B.. , one of the most venerated sanctuaries in Ancient Greece.. Ruins of the temple can still be seen today.. Ancient Nemea was also involved in one of Hercules’ labors that killed the Nemea Lion.. Ancient Nemea is today a picturesque village and the small town of modern Nemea is a short distance from there and well known for its wines produced from the vineyards of the region.. A very important ancient city in the Peloponnese, where the goddesses Alea and Athina were worshipped.. In their honor, the temple of Alea Athina, one of the most famous temples of ancient times was erected.. It was decorated with a statue of the goddess made by the great sculptor Skopas.. There were also magnificent buildings in the city, a stadium, a gymnasium and an all-marble theater.. Tegea had its own currency and was the hometown of many writers, historians and lyric poets.. A remarkable archaeological museum displays various sculptures by Skopas along with many important finds from the surrounding area.. The history of Sparta goes back to very ancient times, as excavations have revealed that the area was inhabited since the end of the Neolithic period.. The ruins of ancient Sparta lie 500 m from the modern town.. The Acropolis of the town, the “Tomb of Leonidas”, the ruins of the temple of Halkioikos Athina and the temple of Orthia Artemis, those of a theater of the 2nd century B.. and a 10th century Christian church can be seen.. Sparta dominated the entire Peloponnese as an aristocratic, oligarchic and military state.. Legislator Lykourgos was considered the person who established the military and Doric regime of Sparta by separating its citizens into three classes: the “Spartans” who were descendants of the Dorian conquerors and were rich landowners with full civil rights, the “Perioiki” who were local people allowed to live only in the surrounding area and permitted to join Sparta’s army, and the “ilotes” who were the Spartans’ slaves with no civil rights.. Sparta’ s history during ancient times Sparta was troubled and marked by conquests, great victories and defeats and very powerful alliances.. Generally, Sparta has played a primordial role in Greek history.. Modern Sparta, the capital of Lakonia, is an administrative center and also the industrial, agricultural and trades center of the fertile Evrotas valley with its extremely rich crops of citrus fruit and olive oil of superior quality.. The city has a remarkable urban layout with attractive architecture and an important archaeological museum containing a great number of sculptures, idols, amphorae, statuettes, etc.. Sparta is surrounded by a luxurious, evergreen panorama of astonishing beauty protected by two majestic mountains, the Parnonas to the east and the Taygetus to the west.. MEDICAL COVERAGE OF ATHLETES DURING THE RACE.. Coverage of the Regional Hospitals throughout the length of the route.. Regional Hospitals CORINTH, ARGOS, TRIPOLEOS, SPARTA, is standby during the race to accept athletes with emergencies from the nearest point on the route.. HOSPITAL OF TRIPOLI.. HOSPITAL OF CORINTH.. Ambulance Stations for the immediate evacuation of heavy events.. Throughout the course of the race Ambulance located at Stations 1) Greece Kahn 2) Arch.. Korinthos 3) Arch.. Nemea 4) Malandeni 5) Lykeia, 6) Base Mountain 7) Nestani, 8) Tegea Alley 9) Monument.. Also ambulances are on the move, between the main stations, direct response and evacuation to the nearest district hospital.. Medical Support Groups-Care on 36 hours.. At Stations 1) Greece Kahn 2) Arch.. Nemea, 3) Lyrkia, 4) Base Mountain, 4) Nestani, 5) Tegea Alley, 6) Monument.. (223.. 4.. Km) and End are medical teams of leading doctors, ready to offer medical support and care for athletes, medical cars also run over the route between Central Channels for direct intervention and assistance.. HOSPITAL OF SPARTA.. Support groups of Physiotherapists at Stations.. Groups of physiotherapists are Distributed in Stations and offer their support to athletes for 36 hours continuously, also cars with physical therapists move at all the route, of the race for help to the athletes..
Title: Web News Descriptive info: Learning Actions of the Spartathlon Race.. An action to inform students about the ultramarathon SPARTATHLON and the historical meaning of the footsteps of Feidippides was been organized by Doukas Schools of Athens and the International Association of SPARTATHLON.. A group of teachers with the assistance of SPARTATHLON members was responsible to inform the young students about the race, the background, the organizations preparations as well as health and physical preparation of athletes which makes the race so popular.. Read more.. Thanks Messages 2012.. Date: 2012/10/5.. Subject: Spartathlon - Thank you.. Dear Mr.. P.. Tsiakiris,.. It was a very big pleasure for me to make my first visit to Greece, and an honour to be able to take part in this 30th edition of the Spartathlon.. Thank you so much for accepting my application to race.. The Spartathlon is a unique and great experience, and one that I was very happy to share with all of the other runners.. I would very much like to thank you, all of the Spartathlon organisation, and all the incredible volunteers for all their work.. Please do pass on my thanks to the volunteers in particular.. They are there waiting for us for many, many hours we must all be incredibly grateful for their generosity.. Spartathlon Race Report 2012.. The Ultimate Foot Race.. Author: James Elson.. Finishing the Spartathlon is simple.. All you have to do is run 153 miles in under 36 hours.. Nothing I had done could have prepared me for just how hard and how epic this race is.. I am not usually one for making sweeping statements about races, but for me this was and this is the ultimate.. For the first time coming away from a race, I feel like I have found that something I’ve been looking for.. Mark Cockbain described it as a pure hard running race.. I know now what he meant.. Its purity its difficulty are in its simplicity.. It’s you vs 153 miles of road in a severely imposing time ... like to thank all of you for the typical Greek warm hospitality at the occasion of the 29th Spartathlon race.. Every time I’m coming to Greece, it feels like coming home and each time I’m flying back to Belgium I’m feeling a little bit sad.. Spartathlon, “the road towards self-knowledge”.. Having taken part in several races and also having made running a part of my daily life, I know intimately the difficulties and emotional experiences provided by “the road”, everything from introspection to the challenge for qualification, from simple selfless joy to the ultimate effort against time and against the natural obstacles posed by an ultra-long distance.. However, I could never have imagined the uplift that I would experience before I found myself on the Spartathlon course and there are really no words to describe the exaltation I felt when I finished in Sparta.. Blogs: Mimi Anderson Spartathlon 2011.. Author: Mimi Anderson.. http://marvellousmimi.. com.. On the 28th September I headed out to Greece along with my husband to take part in the 29th running of the Spartathlon.. In 2004 I met John Foden who came up with the idea for this race, he said I should give it a go, I remember telling him that I wasn't nearly fast enough to ever take part in such a tough event.. For those of you who have never heard of the Spartathlon let me fill you in (hope you are sitting down!) This is a 245km (153 mile) non-stop race from Athens to Sparta (with a mountain after 160km) the first 81 km has to be done in 9.. 30 hours and each checkpoint has its own cut-offs, which are strictly adhered to.. If you arrive outside these times you are taken off the course.. No music is allowed and runners must complete the race in less than 36 hours.. The drop out rate is approximately 60% - now you can see why I have never entered this race.. until now!.. Prev.. Next.. End.. Page 1 of 2..
Title: Information Descriptive info: Information.. The SPARTATHLON Race will follow the route originally ran by Pheidippides from Athens to Sparta in 490 BC.. Date:.. Friday, 27th September 2013.. :.. Hour 07.. 00 at the Athens Acropolis.. Saturday, 28th October 2013.. Finish: Hour 19.. 00 at the statue of King Leonidas at Sparta.. Duration.. : Provided 36 hours for the race.. Runners receive help from their supporters in the following and only Control Stations - Supply and Reference:.. Check Points.. kilometers.. HELLAS' KAN.. 93,4.. 102,5.. ZEVGOLATIO.. 113,1.. HALKION EKO STATION.. 140,2.. MALADENDRI.. 148,50.. 159,30.. VASI VOUNOU.. ZEVGOLATIO ARKADIAS.. TEGA.. MIKRO MAGAZI.. 222,5.. MNIMIO.. 236,2.. VOUTIANOI SHELL STATION.. 245,3.. FINISH LINE SPARTA.. Register.. Upon arrival in Athens, please come directly in contact with the Secretary of the International Association SPARTATHLON.. Weather conditions.. :.. Statistically the weather is mild the last weekend of September and the temperature is around 27ο C noon and 5ο C, at midnight, especially in the mountain.. Sporadic rains and fog are possible.. Medical Help.. There will be nine doctors, eight ambulances ... and meals for athletes.. All athletes will have free hosting on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, until Monday, September 30, 2013.. During the same period food is given.. Escorts.. Special care has been taken to arrange the escort or assistance, please ask for details.. Bus escort.. There will be buses to the collection of athletes who leave the race and will take them to Sparta.. Media Coverage.. Journalists and television crews that will follow the athletes will be covering the game, you must register with the Press Office D.. to receive the free card and identity details.. For television coverage or television productions are absolutely necessary permission D.. and a minimum contribution of € 1.. 000.. - paid to the rights of SPARTATHLON.. SPARTATHLON Shop.. Memorabile Spartathlon 2013 and other species will be accessible to the residence of the athletes in Athens and Sparta.. For any other information, such as some extra facilities, transfers, car hire and mini bus, day cruises, etc.. , please contact the Secretariat of the League..