Athens Marathon. Classic and Authentic
The 35th Athens Marathon,The Authentic took place on Sunday, November 12. The run begins in the town of Marathon where it passes the tomb of the Athenian soldiers. It is the most difficult marathon race, the course is uphill from the 10km to the 31 km – the toughest uphill climb of any major marathon. The finish line is in the Panathinaiko Stadium, venue for the first Olympic Games of the modern period 1896.
This year 18500 runners ran the Authentic Marathon course, 18500 unique people that proved once again the strength of human mind and the will of achieving goals. Thousands of runners from all over the world participate in the Athens Marathon each year. Apart from the sporting experience, they have the chance to enjoy and explore the city of Athens.
Samuel Kalalei won the Gold medal with a time of 02:12:17.
Ethiopian Bedatu Hirpa Badane won the women gold metal with the time 2:34:18
My Marathon Experience
To achieve a goal, needs devoutness, power and discipline. Athens Marathon race demands strength, pain and sweat. Around the 40th km I was almost crying, my brother’s figure among the crowd and his hug was my boost. The finish line was there… Victory is paid for in courage and sweat.