In the wake of summer, the city of Athens is slowly getting back to its regular habits. Indulging in the glorious mild weather it enjoys, the city is brimming with various initiatives that capitalise on the favourable climate. The sun continues to shine, keeping temperatures warm and creating an ambient atmosphere, day or night. To this effect, the city brings its history to the forefront, and prepares for two thrilling running events due to be held on 1st October and the 13th November respectively.
Visit Athens and combine fitness with amazing weather and be inspired by the spectacular views of the ancient paths.
Acropolis Night Run – 1st Oct. 2016
An all new, unprecedented run has been organised in the most historical part of Athens: Acropolis Night Run. The first ever of its kind, it promises sensational visuals for the runners who will participate. The course is 5 km in distance and starts at Thisseio, and makes its way around the ancient rock, and then around Filopappou hill before returning to the starting point. Runners from all over the world are invited to take part in this new fitness initiative and experience the most striking of urban courses, under the evening lights of the striking Acropolis.
Authentic Athens Marathon – 13th Nov. 2016
From the all new and unprecedented, to the 34th annual Authentic Athens Marathon that has a heroic and heavy history for Athenians. Dating back to 490 B.C., following the Battle of Marathonas, the 42.195 km between the town of Marathonas and Athens was run by a Greek soldier, who was in a haste to report the Athenian victory. Many centuries later, the Marathon race was revived in the form of the Olympic Games of 1896, and today it symbolises the highest efforts of body, mind and soul while testing their limits. The course is the authentic Marathon run, so it commences at the town of Marathonas and ends at the Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens. Apart from the authentic 40 km run, there are other less demanding courses available such as 40 km power walking, as well as the 10 km, and 5 km also a Kids 1200 m race, that all take place around Athens.
Why join in? It’s suitable for… all!
Open to all ages and all levels of stamina, these running initiatives give participants the opportunity to combine participation with experiencing Greek hospitality at its best! Whether you are a professional runner or an amateur runner, or simply just an enthusiast, you can conveniently combine staying at the design hotel of AthensWas, right in the heart of the city. The Acropolis Night Run passes by the infamous Aeropagitou str., so by staying at a suite with Acropolis view you will be able to see the runners from the comfort of your balcony or from the top of Modern Rooftop restaurant, while enjoying a delectable cocktail.
So, get your running gear and don’t hesitate to register at one of these events! Take the opportunity to participate in these initiatives that have the aim of uniting athletes and fans from all over the world, of all ages, all the while representing the strength of human will and endurance.