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Famous running events in Greece

Katerina

Katerina

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Greece is the country that gave birth to sports, and since prehistoric times sports competition has been a way of life for the Greeks. Among their favourite sports were running races, with the result that the sports competitions held, always included a running race. Thus, the love for running continues to this day among the Greeks, but also throughout the world, which has embraced the age-old idea of “fair competition”. For this reason, every year major running events take place in Greece, covering the demands of every athlete.

Classic running races in the birthplace of the Olympic Games, in various cities, in picturesque villages, historic routes, routes on beautiful Greek islands, next to castles or by the sea, unique experiences in breath-taking mountains, routes for “superheroes”, are some of your options!

Below we present the most popular running events in Greece:

Event

Distance

When

Where

SNF Run: First Run 

3 km

New Year’s Day

Athens

Athens Health Run

21 km

February

Athens

Taygetos Challenge

37km – 20km – 10km – 5km – Vertical

March

Taygetus

Nafplio Marathon

 21 Km – 5km- 2.5km

March

Nafplio

Olympia Marathon

42 Km – 21 Km – 12km – 2km

March

Ancient Olympia

Athens Half Marathon

21 Km – 5km – 3km

March

Athens

Rhodes Marathon

42 Km – 10km – 5km

April

Rhodes

International Marathon “Alexander The Great”

42 Km – 10km – 5km

April

Thessaloniki

Crete Marathon

42 Km – 10km -5km – 2.5km

May

Crete

Olympus Marathon

44 Km

June

Olympus

Tinos Running Experience

21 Km – 10km – 5km

July

Tinos

Zagori Mountain Running

80km – 44km – 21km – 10km

July

Tymfi – Mountains of Papigko

Spartathlon

246km

September – October

Athens – Sparta

Ioannina Lake Run

30km – 5km

September

Ioannina

Kallithea Half Marathon

21km – 10km -5km

October

Kallithea

Spetses Mini Marathon

25km – 10km – 5km

October

Spetses

International Thessaloniki Night Half Marathon

21km – 10km – 5km

October

Thessaloniki

Athens Authentic Marathon

 42km – 10km – 5km

November

Athens

Navarino Challenge

10km

November

Messinia

authentic marathon athens

Whenever you find yourself in Greece, if you are a fan of sports and especially running, or if you just want to live an experience you have never seen before, it is worth taking part in a running event. Each of them has something unique to offer you. Don’t forget that participation itself is a victory, and end is a triumph. Whether you run on the mythical “Mountain of the Gods”, or with a view of the island landscape, or test your endurance in long distances, or in some other running event, it will surely be unforgettable!

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