The “Athens Marathon. The Authentic” is one of the most significant sport, cultural and social events hosted in the city of Athens over the last years. The top event of our country could not be left out of the top annual awards “Events Awards 2017” presented yesterday evening in Athens, Greece. The Athens Marathon was awarded with the most important prize of yesterday’s night: the “Event of the Year” Award! This recognition showcases the dynamic of the Athens Marathon not only within the sport community but to an even larger group of people who evaluate and award the impressive outcome of a collective effort of various people and authorities.

At the same time, the Athens Marathon won the Platinum Award in Thematical Events, the Gold Award as Sport Event, and the Silver Award in Event Management. 

The Athens Marathon, an event with 121 years of history, has managed to increase participation from 4,000 runners in 2005 to more than 40,000 in 2016. The Athens Marathon is enhanced by the willingness of 3,000 volunteers and it is totally supported by several authorities of the public and private sector. The event gives back to the Greek community more than 3.5 million € annually, through its charity, as well as sponsor initiatives.

 The Athens Marathon, co-organized by SEGAS and Attica Region, with the undeniable support of its Grand Sponsor OPAP, and of course the Greek National Tourism organization, is an event of priceless value that leads the way in sport, cultural, social, and tourist initiatives, and these awards are yet another proof of that.

The 2017 Athens Marathon will be held on 12 November and runners from all over the world are showing intensive interest in being here and experiencing its magic. Our expectation is that more than 50,000 runners of all ages will participate in all event’s races, creating a huge festivity from Marathon city to the Panathenaic Stadium, making Athens again the capital of the World.


*The Event Awards is a set of awards recognizing excellence in the events, production, marketing, and communication industry, given annually by Boussias Communications and Marketing Week magazine.

Due to Easter Vacations in Greece, our staff will be back in the office to assist you on Tuesday, 18 April 2017.

An amazing response by runners who are to participate in the greatest running event of Greece was witnessed earlier today. Registrations for the 10km & 5km Morning Road Races closed only a few hours after opening and six months before the Athens Marathon event to be held on 12 November 2017.

Ιn less than four hours, the available number of 3,600 entries in the Basic and Advanced Registration Level for the 10km & 5km Road Race was exhausted. At the time being a limited number of entries in the Full Registration Level for both races is still available.

IT IS OFFICIAL! Mark your calendar for the big day! 

It is with great pleasure that SEGAS (Hellenic Athletics Federation) announces the opening of the 35th Athens Marathon Official Registration Period on Monday 10 April 2017, at 16.00 sharp, local afternoon time (UTC/GMT +2). The 2017 Athens Marathon will take place on Sunday 12 November, 2017. Following the grand success and participation record during last year’s event, the available entries, mainly for the 10km & 5km Road Races will be sold out within few hours!

The “ATHENS MARATHON. THE AUTHENTIC” is a unique international event that captures the sport and cultural heritage of Greece; a celebration of human will and strength, a celebration of solidarity, a race that bears messages of a better future on personal, local, national and world level. This year, we have advanced the registration limit for the Marathon Race (42,195km at the Authentic Route) to 18,500 participants, thus, giving the opportunity for another entries record of 53,000 runners in total!! 

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Wherever Haile Gebrselassie goes, the world of running wants to hear the thoughts of the now retired great athlete who has won two Olympic gold medals, many world titles and set world records on the track and the road up to the marathon. When he arrived in Athens to receive last Friday (11/11) a Lifetime Achievement award presented by AIMS, the Association of International Marathons and Road Races, the interest in the newly elected president of Ethiopian Athletics was just as great.


In a dramatic closing sequence Luka Rotich overhauled his fellow Kenyan and long-time race leader Benson Kipruto to take a winning advantage in the 34th edition of the Athens Marathon. The Authentic with only one kilometre left to run. In warm and often windy conditions the 28-year-old won in 2:12:49 ahead of Kipruto\\\'s 2:13:24. Completing the more familiar tale of a Kenyan clean sweep, Andrew Kimtai finished third in 2:13:26. The elite women\\\'s field also produced a Kenyan winner and a debutant at that: Nancy Arusei overcame the tough course for an impressive run in 2:38:13 with the 30-year-old finishing ahead of Algeria\\\'s Kenza Dahmani in 2:38:28 and Ourania Rebouli of Greece taking a distant third place in 2:49:24.

The Athens Marathon, held over the unique original course from the small coastal town of Marathon and finishing in the Panathinaic Stadium in Athens, had a record entry of 17,500 runners. Taking into account the 5 and 10km races held in conjunction, the Greek Athletics Federation (SEGAS) noted another record with around 50,000 athletes participating. Before the eventual winner ran into the marble arena of the Panathinaic Stadium, a ceremony celebrated the 120th anniversary since the first Olympic Marathon race. It was on the same course as the 2016 event was held today, finishing in the very same stadium in 1896.

The Athens Marathon. The Authentic is part of the history of dramatic Athens Marathon races, including the Olympic events of 1896 and 2004. When the six-strong leading men\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s group reached the highest point in the course at 31 kilometres - around 250 metres above sea level - it had been clear for some time that the course record of 2:10:37 in such windy conditions was going to remain out of reach.

Instead of an attack on the course record the race became a dramatic contest experienced by the many spectators lining the road for the latter stages. Shortly after the course dropped steeply down towards Athens just after 31km Benson Kipruto went clear of his rivals. At the same time Hillary Yego of Kenya, the 2013 Athens champion, dropped off the pace. His compatriot Augustine Ronoh, who had a best of 2:07:23 and was the fastest in the field, had lost contact before.

The 25-year-old Kipruto was running his debut marathon and looked as if he was about to celebrate with a victory. Five kilometres before the finish he led by 40 seconds ahead of a trio comprising Luka Rotich, Andrew Kimtai and Bernard Kitur. Only Rotich had enough left in the tank to summon up one last effort and close the gap on Kipruto.

Rotich caught the slowing Kipruto just over a kilometre before the finish. \\\"I felt good until 41 kilometres but then it became really hard. But I am happy with my debut\\\" said Kipruto. \\\"It was hard to stay with the pace. But at the end I still had enough left to run fast\\\" reflected Luka Rotich, whose best time remains 2:08:12. \\\"I think on a flat course I would have definitely run under 2:10 today and perhaps 2:06 or 2:07.\\\"

The women\\\'s race quickly developed into a duel between Nancy Arusei and her Kenyan compatriot Penina Wanjiru with the latter considered one of the pre-race favourites. The Kenyans Gladys Kwambai and Purity Kimetto were dropped soon after 10km, right at the start of the long climb. It was Nancy Arusei who led with Penina Wanjiru behind her. Wanjiru was then dropped as well.

At the end the debutant was the one to falter as Kenza Dahmani reduced the deficit yet the Algerian was not able to overtake the Kenyan. \\\"I never thought before the race that I could win it. I only believed it after 40 kilometres\\\" said Nancy Arusei.

Results, Men:
1. Luka Rotich KEN 2:12:49
2. Benson Kipruto KEN 2:13:24
3. Andrew Kimtai KEN 2:13:26
4. Benard Kitur KEN 2:13:32
5. Silas Limo KEN 2:16:34
6. Alfred Cherop KEN 2:17:37
7. Hillary Yego KEN 2:18:37

1. Nancy Arusei KEN 2:38:13
2. Kenza Dahmani ALG 2:38:28
3. Ourania Rebouli GRE 2:49:24