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Race previews Athens Marathon. The Authentic

02 October 2022, 3pm

There are many marathons, but only one starts in Marathon

The authentic experience

Athens Marathon. The Authentic
Sat 12 November 2022


“Athens Marathon. The Authentic” is where it all began. It is the Authentic course of the first marathon race.

It is run from the City of Marathon and the Marathon Tomb to the City of Athens and the historic Panathenaic “Marble” Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. Runners from any part of the world can experience this historical race, run the original course and finish inside the Panathenaic Stadium while Phidippides’ phrase “Nenikekamen” (‘Rejoice – We have won‘) resonates in their thoughts.

But it is not just the Marathon race of 42.195km. There are also the 10km road race, the 5km road race and the 1.2km Kids’ race in the Panathenaic Stadium. You can choose the distance that suits you best and enjoy the whole experience: a weekend full of running, fun and smiles.

In this event everyone is unique and authentic. That is why the “Athens Marathon. The Authentic” official hashtag is #iAMAuthentic. But this is more than just a simple hashtag: #iAMAuthentic is a way to express ourselves. We are all authentic in our own way and this race is here to represent the authenticity of all people, all across the world. By running, volunteering, cheering, organising and helping this event, we all embody this message. On Sunday 13 November 2022 we are all authentic.

The festivities and the celebration of “Athens Marathon. The Authentic” starts the week before the competition, on Wednesday 9 November, when the OPAP Marathon Expo opens. One of the best EXPOs on sports and tourism, it has more than 80.000 visitors. At the same time, nearby the Expo and during the Marathon congress, there will be a special addition to the festivities. In the “Authentic Talks” prestigious guest speakers will discuss various topics that include sports, health and more.

Our future is the younger generation and we want to support them. At this year’s edition of the “Athens Marathon The Authentic” we offer a special race for students. The “Universities’ Night Run” is a 10km race on Saturday evening for students representing their universities. Special awards and prizes will be given to the individual winners and to the winning team.

While visiting Athens you should definitely witness the AMA Opening and the Marathon Flame Ceremony held at the Marathon Tomb (close by the city of Marathon) on the day before the race.

By entering “Athens Marathon. The Authentic” races, you have the chance to explore Athens with some extra benefits. You can choose between levels of participation and benefit from various discounts during their visit.

To match the uniqueness of the race the Official Medal of “Athens Marathon The Authentic” also has to be special. The medal is designed and created by globally known artists for all finishers of the Marathon race. Each year’s creation has a special message – making each year’s medal unique and authentic just like all the runners.

For all these reasons, and for many more, “Athens Marathon. The Authentic” invites you to visit Greece, to visit the cities of Athens and Marathon and to live the Authentic experience.

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