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1st International Half Marathon of Marathon Municipality

East Attica | Marathon

The 1st International Half Marathon is a unique event, certified by AIMS, which is covering part of the historic classical path, finishing at the origin of the classic Marathon, offering the chance to run in history, in the footsteps of Pheidippides.

Welcome
Welcome to the 1st International Half Marathon, taking place at the historic plain of Marathon, a symbol of democracy, a flame that disseminates the values of the athletic ideal to every corner of the world.

What
Half Marathon, Dynamic Walking, 1km children race

Where
Marathon, East Attica, located 42 kilometers from Athens

When
Sunday, 8th of September 2013

Why
Participating in the 1st International Half Marathon provides an exceptional occasion for runners to actively honour the roots of a culture whose accomplishments continue to inspire greatness in each of us today. This is place where the annual Athens Classic Marathon is held to commemorate Spyros Louis’ famous victory at the first modern Olympic Games held in Athens in 1896.

How
Contact us and we will make you an unbeatable offer to suit your needs and preferences:
We offer several options varying from short weekend breaks in Marathon including your entry to the race, to a full vacation plan in Marathon and the surrounding area!

Moreover, we can offer you training plans, actual training in the streets and routes of Marathon and of course we will run with you!

For more information and detail please call: +30 6978 524 433
Or email: info[@]runningreece.com

We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Happy runs!
Race Date
Sunday, 8th of September 2013

Event Schedule
Start time: 09.00am from the Marathon Start Venue in Marathon City

Distances
Half Marathon, Dynamic Walking, 1km children race

Organizer
The City of Marathon, the Greek Federation of Sport for People Expanded distances and the Association Telmissos of Marathon under the auspices of SEGAS

Entry Fee
Your participation to the race is paid and secured by RunninGreece.
The participation includes the following benefits:
- Electronic timer (official time and place)
- Participation diploma
- Commemorative Medal for participation
- Commemorative t-shirt
- Race bag
- Pasta party

Deadline registration
Registration is open until Saturday, 31st of August 2013. Participation can be obtained via online registration.

Route
The Half Marathon Race starts from the Marathon Start Venue in the Marathon City. The first 5 km are flush with slope gradually very mild slight uphill slope. The majority of the route is flat. At the 10th km in bright light, with direction to Zouberi area there is a reverse with direction to Marathon, on the Avenue Marathon. In the 16th km the route turns right in the Tomb for the next 2.2 km. The route follows nearly circular route around the war memorial (Tomb) in the Battle of Marathon. The terminal stage is at the Historic starting point of Classic Marathon.


Health Coverage
In any case all runners participate solely at their own risk. The organizers have no responsibility for whatever happens to the runners related to health issues or is due to lack of preventive medical check. It is highly recommended that the participants undergo a thorough medical examination before entering the race. The organizers will not ask for medical certificates from any athlete (male and female), since they all participate at their own exclusive risk and responsibility (children are at the liability of their parents or guardians). We will also provide offers for special health checkup for all runners, and members of their families.

Electronic Timing
All participants will be timed by a timing company using an electronic timing system. For this reason, the runners must wear the timing chip they will receive from the registration center together with the participation number.
Attention: Your time will not be registered and will not be included in the results if you do not have the timing chip attached to your shoe and not pass over the timing mats.

Aid Stations
Every 1km will be numbered marking the route and fuelling stations of isotonic, banana and water.

Awards
In the Half Marathon race there will be no age categories. An Award Medal will be awarded to each of the first three winners of the general classification for Men and Women Categories, as well as to the youngest and oldest male and female finisher. Special souvenirs will be given to all runners who finish the race. Concerning the 1km children race for elementary and high school children an award medal will be awarded to each of the first three boys and girls in each category.
Simple Running Offer: from €50 » BOOK NOW
The Simple offer is addressed to those who wish to come and stay in Marathon on their own. It includes all the logistics of the race entry, pasta party, transportation to and from the starting line, tips and advice for the specific race, training schedule depending on your personal targets and safe keeping of your belonging during the race. If you really want to feel like a champion, we are here to support you!

Running Offer: from €200 » BOOK NOW
This offer is ideal for those who want to experience Greece the “running way”, and get the most out of their visit in Marathon. We have selected the ideal locations for you, and we will suggest you the ideal vacation plan. It includes the round trip from Marathon to starting line and the hotel arrangements in Marathon. It also includes your registration to the race and all the logistics of the race entry, pasta party, transportation to and from the starting line, tips and advice for the specific race, training schedule depending on your personal targets, safe keeping of your belonging during the race, suggested vacation plan for all the days that you will be in Marathon, and many more! It starts from €200 per person (runner or not) for a three days/two-nights accommodation in a 4star hotel. If you wish to stay longer, you may add as many nights as you want for an additional €60 per night per person.

Special Running Offer » Get a Custom Quote
Please tell us all your requirements and preferences, how many days you want to spend in Marathon, what other places you wish to visit and we will come back with a tailor-made offer specific for you! We can add trainings, running tours, car/bike rental, excursions, family activities and many more. In any case our offer will include the hotel arrangements, transportation to and from your hotel, participation to the race and all the logistics of the race entry, pasta party, transportation to and from the starting line, tips and advice for the specific race, training schedule depending on your personal targets, safe keeping of your belonging during the race and suggested vacation plan for all the days that you will be in Marathon.

Group Running Offer » Get a Custom Quote
If you are a group of people, please tell us all your requirements, how many of you are running, what you like and what you do not like and we will come back with a tailor-made offer specific for you and your company! We can add trainings, running tours, car/bike rental, excursions, family activities and many more. In any case our offer will include the hotel arrangements, transportation to and from your hotel, participation to the race and all the logistics of the race entry, pasta party, transportation to and from the starting line, tips and advice for the specific race, training schedule depending on your personal targets, safe keeping of your belonging during the race and suggested vacation plan for all the days that you will be in Marathon.
Marathon is a place where history meets the magic of nature. It serves as a memorial to the ancient struggle between the ancient Athenians and the invading Persians. Near the ancient battleground there is the single tomb of the 192 Athenian soldiers who died during that famous battle and the tomb where the dead Plataians, who helped the Athenians, were buried.

Marathon visitors can be guided to monuments and artifacts through which, a unique period of 5000 years of civilization, is unfolded, from the Neolithic Age to the Roman era. From life in the cave of Oenoe and the early Helladic cemetery in Plasi, to the battle of Marathon in 490 BC and later until the works of Herodes Atticus and the Temple of the Egyptian gods in Brexiza.

The Marathon Run Museum constitutes a pole of attraction for the city visitors, where 3.100 exhibits record the history of Marathon Run from 1896 up to today. It constitutes a unique athletic collection that could not be found elsewhere but at the birthplace of the marathon race. The exhibition is divided in two different partitions. In the first building, a travel in the Olympic Marathon's history is being held, while in the second building, the World Marathon Run movement is recorded, dedicated to the marathons, carried out in every corner of the planet, to Olympic champions, to the appearance of women participating in the marathons, even to the equipment of the marathon runners.

Marathon is not just one of the most famous toponyms around the world, but also a city worth visiting and admiring for its natural beauty and enchanting atmosphere. Marathon features an extraordinary natural landscape with its unique artificial lake of Attica (Marathon Dam), rich stretches of green, fertile plain and 12 km of sandy beach in its historical small harbour of Marathon. Nature endowed Marathon with many natural beauties, such as the gorge of Oinoe and the unique pine forest, one of the few in the Mediterranean, and the wetland of Schinias (National Park). It is worth noting that Lake Marathon and the National Park of Schinias are two of the ten remaining wetlands of Attica, of prominent importance, due to the diversity of species accommodated.

The city that gave birth to one of the most popular events in the history of world sports could only be... breathing for sports and the magic of them. Marathon visitors can unfold their sporting talent ranging from football to kayak, with a range of sports facilities, some of which have nothing to envy the respective facilities of any major European city. The endless blue of the Evian Gulf and the waters of the Gulf of Schinias constitute a very popular diving destination for the lovers of the seabed. One of the most proficient diving schools in the country, Divers Club Marathon Bay, operates in Marathon. Moreover, Schinias Bay is suitable for high speeds and spectacular stunts, due to the strong winds blowing in the region, allying with the surfers for an enjoyable time.

Visitors can enjoy a coffee with a view over the Dam of the Lake of Marathon, take a walk around the small port of Nea Makri and enjoy fresh fish, have a meal in one of the traditional taverns at Grammatiko.
Marathon is located only 42 kilometers from Athens, thus visitors can enjoy both Marathon and Athens. Athens is a city with glorious history and vivid present. It is a magical city worshipped by gods and people with plenty historical monuments, such as Acropolis, the ancient Theatre of Dionysos , Odeion of Herodes Atticus, Olymbion, Roman Market, Panathinaiko Stadium or Kallimarmaro.
Athens is a city with glorious history and vivid present. It is a magical city worshipped by gods and people with plenty historical monuments, such as Acropolis, the ancient Theatre of Dionysos, Odeion of Herodes Atticus, Olymbion, Roman Market, Panathinaiko Stadium (also known as Kallimarmaro).

Athens is a city of different aspects. A walk around the famous historic triangle, Plaka, Thission and Psyrri, the old neighborhoods, reveal the coexistence of different eras. It is worthwhile to take a stroll through the central streets with their art déco, art nouveau and antebellum buildings. Luxurious department stores and small intimate shops, fancy restaurants and traditional taverns, all have their place in this city. Visitors can also enjoy its nightlife. Athens by night totally changes. The options for entertainment satisfy all tastes varying from the famous bouzoukia, which are the leaders in the Athenian entertainment, to the numerous theaters all around Athens offering a different type of entertainment.

Athens offers plenty of choices, since visitors can also explore its beautiful suburbs and neighborhoods, which are close to the historical center. The southern suburbs, located on the coast of the Saronic Gulf, such as Faliro, Glyfada, Voula and Vouliagmeni offer many opportunities to take a walk along the seaside, while you will also find many beautiful organized and free beaches, large shopping centers and nightclubs (especially during the summer). In the Maroussi suburb (north of the centre) are the facilities of the Olympic Athletic Centre of Athens, where the majority of the athletic events were held during the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Halandri (next to Maroussi) is also worth a visit, with its beautiful street markets and stylish cafes and bars.


See also: http://www.breathtakingathens.com/breathtaking-athens-film


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