At the age of 42 Kenyan John Komen came from behind to upset the favorites and win the Athens Marathon with 2:16:34. The master runner was well behind the leaders with 10k to go, but on the demanding original marathon course from Marathon to Athens Komen managed to pass fellow-Kenyan Daniel Muteti and then Felicien Muhitira of Rwanda in the closing stages before the finish in the Panathenaic Stadium. Muhitira was second in 2:16:43 while Muteti dropped back to fifth with 2:21:39. Konstantinos Gkelaouzos snatched third place in 2:19:02 with fellow-Greek Efthymios Kalaras finishing fourth in 2:19:18. "I was not sure I could win this race," said John Komen.

Greece’s Eleftheria Petroulaki produced a home win in the historic race. She took the lead early and finished with 2:45:50 in mixed weather conditions with some heavy rain showers and warm temperatures.

Italy’s Olympic Marathon Champion from Athens 2004 Stefano Baldini returned to the race and clocked a fine 2:57:07. The 48 year-old finished in 99th position in the overall rankings.

A record number of 20,000 runners entered the 37th edition of the ‘Athens Marathon. The Authentic’. Adding other running events staged on Saturday and Sunday the total number for the event was an impressive figure of 60,000 athletes.

Today, (9 November 2019) at the 13th AIMS (The Association of Marathons and Distance Races including 473 races in 124 countries  and territories) Marathon Symposium in the Greek City of Athens , under the symposium theme of ‘Technology & Mass Running Events’, it was revealed by Ms Shirley Yang of the CAA (Chinese Athletic Association) that an astonishing 340 Million Runners in just the last four years have taken part in an ‘online marathon’ event in China.

Sheng Lan Yang (Shirley Yang), Vice-Director Marketing Dept. Chinese Athletics Association in her talk on ‘Technology applications in Chinese Marathon Races’ gave a highly impressive presentation of the incredible scale of development of running in China and how technology innovation has been central to developing running opportunities for the people of China.

The scale of achievement attracting participation in traditional running events in China and the level of growth is amazing. In 1997, China had fewer than 10 marathons. By 2011 there were 39 events but just 7 years later in 2018 there were 1,581 races with 5.83 million runners taking part.

Ms Yang went on to explain about the creation of a special ‘online marathon’ initiative set up 4 years ago in conjunction with CAA and AIMS member event: The Xiamen Marathon where runners signed up to running the race in their own local location through an app called the ‘Joyrun app’.

Since that first ‘event’ 340 million people have taken part in the Joyrun app online marathons.

World Champions Lelisa Desisa and Ruth Chepngetich named Marathon Runners of the Year

This year’s World Marathon Champions Lelisa Desisa and Ruth Chepngetich have been named as Marathon Runners of the Year. The runners from Ethiopia and Kenya respectively will be honoured at the AIMS Best Marathon Runner (BMR) Gala in Athens tonight. This was announced by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), who will stage the Gala together with the Hellenic Athletics Federation, SEGAS. On Sunday the 37th edition of the "The Athens Marathon. The Authentic" will take place on the original course with a record field of 20,000 runners.

During the relevant period for the AIMS Best Marathon Runner Lelisa Desisa won the New York Marathon in November 2018. He clocked an impressive 2:05:59 on the difficult course. After a second place in Boston in April the 29 year-old Ethiopian then won the World Championships marathon gold in Doha, Qatar a month ago. “The Olympic marathon in 2020 is my dream,” said Lelisa Desisa.

Ruth Chepngetich established herself among the world’s best marathon runners with two outstanding victories: Firstly she took the Istanbul Marathon in November 2018 with 2:18:35 then became the third fastest woman ever at that time when she won in Dubai in January with 2:17:08. At the end of September the 25 year-old won the World Championships’ title in Doha in extreme weather conditions. “It is a great honour to receive this award in Athens, where the marathon was born,” said Ruth Chepngetich, who believes that “running the world record is possible.”

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The Kenyan favourites Daniel Muteti and Rhonzas Kilimo have set their sights on breaking the course record in the “Athens Marathon. The Authentic” on Sunday. While the target time of 2:10:37 is no easy task on the highly demanding original marathon course, the race already has one guaranteed record: SEGAS, the Hellenic Athletics Federation and event organizers, have confirmed a record entry of 20,000 athletes who will be on the start line in the small town of Marathon on Sunday. From this coastal town their aim will be the finish line in the Panathenaic Stadium in the heart of Athens. Taking into account events held in conjunction with the marathon – including the 10km road race which will be staged on Saturday evening for the first time – as many as 60,000 runners will be in action on the weekend on the historic roads of the Greek capital.

The ultimate maximum participation limits in all event’s races, set by the Local Organizing Committee back in January, are now fully met. More than 20,000 entries in the Marathon Race, 12,000 in the 10k Race and 20,000 in the 5k Race are the main core of the 2019 Athens Marathon while another 8,000 runners, kids and Special Olympics athletes will run the shorter distances (Kids Fun Runs, 3k Race, Special Olympics Fun Run).

More than 60,000 runners from 120 countries will join this unique event that celebrates sports, culture and human values, drawing the world attention to Athens. Great athletes globally recognized for their significant performances and regular runners that are driven by the joy that participation and finish in the Panathenaic Stadium has to offer, will run side by side in a race that unifies.

The Hellenic Athletics Federation and the Local Organizing Committee are sincerely thanking all Athens Marathon friends and fans, and committee themselves that every humanly possible effort will be made in order to meet their expectations and the demands of staging an event such as the Athens Marathon, which is constantly growing, taking its place among the best Marathon Races in the world.

At this point, we should in particular mention the support that the Athens Marathon receives by the Greek State and its bodies, the Attica Region, the Cities of Athens and Marathon, as well as the cities along the Marathon course, thousands of social and volunteer organizations, the event’s Grand Sponsors, OPAP SA, as well as the rest of its Sponsors and Supporters, without the cooperation of which nothing would be possible.

 ama application 2019

Following every year’s growing success, the amazing mobile application of the Athens Marathon returns! The app is here to offer the most.. authentic experience to those that wish to “follow” their friends and family members participating in the event, as well as useful information to the runners themselves.

Are you a runner? Is your friend running? Do you just want to keep track with the authentic action in real time (live tracking) on your mobile device? The only thing you have to do is download and install at your smart phone, tablet, and/or personal computer, the official Athens Marathon application, “Athens Marathon. The Authentic”, available for iOS and Android.

By using the app, you will stay in touch with your runner friends and track their progress on the race weekend, Saturday November 9th & Sunday November 10th.

More specifically, every user can track up to 25 runners and receive automatic notifications every time the selected runners pass the timing zones at the following points: in Marathon Race, the stations include the 5 – 10 – 15 – 21,1 – 25 – 30 – 35 – 40km, at the 10km Road Race the stations include 1,1 – 5 – 5,8km where the “U-turn” is, at the 5km Road Race, the stations include the 1 and 3km. Moreover, each user can receive notifications for the first 15 athletes leading each one of the races.

All runners participating at the 37th Athens Marathon events, in addition to the above, can directly share their progress with their friends in social media, upload their selfies, and get informed at any time on the latest races news, but also view again their entire race thanks to Live Tracking Replay!

You can download this authentic app here, today, so that you receive all latest notifications and useful information on the event's preparations, such as the bib number notifications, the opening of the Registration Center and Marathon EXPO, the key moments of the 5-day Athens Marathon event program, special offers of our sponsors, etc.

For all the users that still have the application installed on their mobile devices from last year, make sure you have updated the application to the latest version through the App Store and/or Google Play Store!!

We remind you that you can only find yourself and/or your fellow runners at the live tracking feature ONLY if you have given the consent to the use of your data by the ATHENS MARATHON App when submitting your application.

2018 AAM Finish

The development of the “Athens Marathon. The Authentic“ appears unstoppable. The birthplace of the marathon is also increasingly at the heart of contemporary running. Over 2,500 years after the Battle of Marathon in 490 BCE and almost 125 years since the first Olympic Marathon at the start of the modern Olympic era in Athens in 1896, the Athens Marathon. The Authentic has once again achieved a significant participation record: the Hellenic Athletics Federation SEGAS, organizers of the 37th edition of the race, expect for the first time to welcome 20,000 marathon runners from around the world to run on the original course from Marathon to Athens. Adding running events at shorter distances a total of more than 60,000 athletes will run through the Attica region and Athens. This record total puts the Authentic Marathon among the biggest running events anywhere in the world.