The closing ceremony of the 31th Athens Classic Marathon will take place next Thursday, December 19th at 19:00 in the Auditorium of the Museum Benaki 138. The organising committee will award the groups with criterion the compination of massive participation and the ranking of group members. There will also be awarded state and private agencies, sponsors, runners and other personalities for their participation and contribution in the 31th Athens Classic Marathon.

Figures that resemble to those of World Championships and other major events, characterize the 31st Athens Classic Marathon that was held on November 10 2013, and depict its glory.

High level services were available to the thousands of runners that participated in the Marathon Race as well as in the 5km & 10km Road Race, the Kids’ Runs and the 1000m Special Olympics Race, so that all of them enjoy their participation in safety and health.

Figures that may impress everyone follow:

237,000 bottles of water

84,000 glasses

40,500 bottles of isotonic drinks

39,000 bananas

 

Past and present performers at the forefront of distance running showed their support for the Athens Classic Marathon and its unique status among marathons this past weekend. Receiving his award as the AIMS Best Male Marathon Runner of the Year on Friday evening in Athens, the current world record holder, Wilson Kipsang of Kenya, hinted that he might one day like to test himself on the classic course. Norway’s Ingrid Kristiansen, the women’s former world record holder, received a lifetime achievement award at the same inaugural AIMS gala and urged runners of every ability to experience the special running atmosphere of the Athens Classic Marathon.

Wilson Kipsang, relaxing after his world record triumph in Berlin at the end of September, is eager to return to Athens. The idea of running the race has begun to percolate in his mind along with a desire to learn more marathon history: “I want to see more of the marathon and learn about the historic background. If possible I would like to run the Athens Classic Marathon some time in the future.”

Ingrid Kristiansen was a truly all-round talent in distance running, winning World and European titles at 10,000m as well Cross Country but she came into her own in the marathon, setting a world record with 2:21:06 in London in 1985, a mark which stood for 13 years.

 

Thousands of runners created an amazing image of Athens today! The races are in progress and numerous runners have already finished.

The winner of 31st Athens Classic Marathon is Yego Hillary Kipkogei 2:13.50. Second Kimeli Dicson (2:14:40) and third Rutoh David Kipkorir (2:14:47). First Greek Athlete is Meroussis.

In women division 1st is Rotich Otich Nancy Joan (2:41:38), 2nd is Stanko Svitlana (2:42:03) and third is Magda Gazea (2:46:07).

The men results for the 10 Km Road Race are: 1. Iadgarov (32:28), 2. Drossos (32:35) 3. Dimitrakis (32:58). Results for women are: 1.Karakatsani (35:40), 2. Kefala (36:15), 3. Astropekaki (37:00).

At the 5 Km Road Race winner is Nakopoulos with finish time 15:48. Mylonas achieved a result of 15:53 and Chatzaki finished in 15:54. In women the rank is: 1. Mperdoussi (17:58), 2. Michailova (18:49) and 3. Chrysaidi (19:09).

 

We would like to wish good luck to the participants of the 31th Athens Classic Marathon! We hope you enjoy the race and have an unforgettable experience. If you do not run tomorrow you may participate in the race by supporting the runners!!!


The world running organisation the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) is delighted to announce Wilson Kipsang and Edna Kiplagat as the first male and female winners of the AIMS Best Marathon Runner Award for 2013, as voted for by the AIMS Members, made up of more than 350 of the world’s leading and most prestigious distance races from over 100 countries and territories.

Wilson Kipsang and Edna Kiplagat’s outstanding achievements were given global recognition tonight (Friday 8 November 2013) at the inaugural AIMS Best Marathon Runner’ (BMR) Award Gala in Athens, Greece, staged by AIMS in collaboration with the Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS) and the Athens Classic Marathon. The BMR Gala was sponsored by the Patron of AIMS and ACM, OPAP S.A., the leading gaming operator in Greece.

Wilson placed 5th in the London Marathon in April 2013 (in 2:07:47) before winning the Berlin Marathon in September 2013 in a World Record time of 2:03:23, breaking the previous record by 15 seconds.

 

SUNDAY 10-11-2013

WEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY

WIND SPEED: VARYING FROM 2 TO 3

TEMPERATURE: FROM 11 TO 24oC

 

The days when a sub 2:10 marathon time created headlines are long gone. However, one case where this still applies is the Athens Classic Marathon and its 31st edition which will be run on Sunday. This is the original race where the history of the classic distance began. Since the first Olympics in 1896 the route has snaked its way from the small town of Marathon over the hills and into the Greek capital, where the Panathenaikon Stadium provides a spectacular finish. It's a course which has yet to produce a sub 2:10 performance. The record was set by the man who won the Olympic title in 2004: Stefano Baldini, a consummate performer in championships, ran 2:10:55 to win gold for Italy. This was, of course, at the height of the Athenian summer. On Sunday it will be significantly cooler, although temperatures slightly above 20 Celsius could still prove to be too warm. But Kenya's defending champion and event record holder Raymond Bett thinks he is ready to break that mark. The Elite Race Coordinator Rachid Bin Meziane has set his sights on even higher targets. He finally wants the 2:10 barrier to come down in Athens this Sunday.

A record number of more than 11,000 marathon runners from around 100 nations have entered the latest edition of this legendary race. The birth of the marathon dates back to 490 BC with the story of a messenger: Pheidippides is said to have run from Marathon to Athens, bearing news of victory against the invading Persians, but collapsed and died on arrival, crying out: "Rejoice, for we have conquered." It was this story that led to the inclusion of the marathon in the 1896 Olympics.

 

"I hope to run faster this time," said Raymond Bett, who has already won the Athens Classic Marathon twice and broke the course record on both occasions. In 2010 he clocked 2:12:40, a year ago he ran 2:11:35. "It is a very, very tough course with plenty of hills and then a descent into Athens. But I am in better shape than a year ago, I have done more hill running and good speed work," said the 29 year-old defending champion, who improved his personal best to 2:10:50 earlier this year in Duesseldorf.

Raymond Bett has brought his own pacemaker to Athens. David Kisang's PB of 2:08:54 is almost two minutes faster than Bett's. The two know each other very well. "We have trained together in Iten," said Bett, who expects Kisang to match him stride for stride to 30 k. This would be just short of the highest point of the course at 32 k. "Last year we were a bit too slow in the first half. If we pass this point in around 65 minutes then it will be possible to break Baldini's record," explained Bett, who admits that there is an extra inspiration because the record was set in winning the Olympic Marathon.

Kisang's personal best was set at the 2010 Chunchon Marathon, where he was supposed to drop out after completing his pacemaking duties but had a change of heart and continued to finish third. Asked if he might be tempted to stay in the race once more after his designated pacing role was played out, he replied: "No, I am definitely here as a pacemaker. I'm running a marathon at the beginning of January, and I'm in training for that."

Back in Kenya some fellow-athletes wondered why Raymond Bett returns to run the tough Athens marathon course time and again. "They asked me how is it that I end up running here. Then I tell them: I like to run where the marathon started. The Olympics began here. That is why I like Athens and come back again. This is a legendary marathon."

A runner who knows the course well and produced a sensational performance nine years ago is back in Athens as a guest of honour: Meb Keflezighi. The American's silver medal in the Olympic marathon 2004 had come out of the blue and after a long bout of soul-searching. "I remember I had sleepless nights deciding between the 10,000 metres and the marathon. Then I chose the marathon because of the history," recalled Keflezighi, who was not at his best when finishing 23rd in last Sunday's New York Marathon. "It's a great honour to be back in Athens. I respect the history of the marathon so much," added Keflezighi, who ran 2:11:29 back in 2004.

The women's course record should be out of reach on Sunday. Japan's Mizuki Noguchi clocked 2:26:20 when winning the Olympic gold in an epic contest with Paula Radcliffe in 2004. This time round, Ethiopia's Gishu Mindaye Tilahun is among the favourites on Sunday. The 27 year-old established her PB of 2:28:30 when she won the Rotterdam Marathon in 2006. Fellow-Ethiopian Bayush Abebe Shferaw (2:36:16) could also do well.

On Friday night the inaugural AIMS Best Marathon Runner of the Year award will be presented to a male and female athlete at a gala dinner. The candidates are rich in talent and honours, reflecting also the continued African dominance over the classic road distance: Stephen Kiprotich (Uganda) is the Olympic Champion and this year's World gold medallist and the world record holder Wilson Kipsang (Kenya) are the candidates for the men's award while the women's duo from Kenya is equally impressive: Edna Kiplagat, who retained her world title this year and Priscah Jeptoo, winner of both London and New York Marathons in 2013.