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Olympus Marathon 2018


Mount Olympus, Greece’s highest mountain at 2.918m and home of the twelve Olympian Gods according to Greek mythology, is hosting the 15th edition of the popular international mountain running event “Olympus Marathon” that will take place on 21-24 June, 2018.

“Olympus Marathon, Running with the Gods” is one of the biggest mountain races held annually in Greece offering participating athletes and mountain runners from all over the world the opportunity to test their endurance and stamina in a demanding terrain while taking in the striking beauty and rugged landscapes of Mt Olympus; one of Greece’s most beautiful National Parks as well as an UNESCO listed “Biosphere Reserve”.

This high altitude endurance race features 3 different routes; Olympus Marathon, Olympus Ultra and Olympus Vertical. The first two races start early in the morning at the renowned archaeological site of Dion - just above sea level - and continue up to 2.800m right below “Zeus’ throne”, one of the mountain’s highest and steepest peaks, before descending back down to reach the finish line at the picturesque town of Litochoro. Olympus Marathon participants are rewarded with breathtaking views throughout this challenging but truly rewarding mountain trail that winds through the eastern side of Mt Olympus.

Olympus Vertical – 22/06/2018 at 10.00 am
• Starts at: Prionia
• Distance: 4.25 km
• Vertical climb: 1.024m
Olympus Ultra – 23/06/2018 at 4 am
• Starts at: Dion
• Distance: 66 km
• Vertical climb: 5.200m
Olympus Marathon – 23/06/2018 at 6 am
• Starts at: Dion
• Distance: 44 km
• Vertical climb: 3.200m

Participating athletes at this world-class mountain running event will have the unique opportunity to retrace ancient Greek history as the “Olympus Marathon” route revives the sacred trail that ancient Greeks used to follow each year as they climbed up Olympus – the mythical "mountain of the Gods" – to honor and sacrifice to Zeus.

The event will also feature the “Olympus mini”, “Olympus Kids” and “Olympus Junior” children races in addition to the “5K Melindra Trail” and the “Eagles Edge” race.

Olympus Marathon, which is organized by non for profit organization “Olympus Marathon” in association with Pieria Regional Unit and Dion Municipality, is included on the “Skyrunner® World Series” list the annual international championship of sky running, defined as mountain running above 2.000m over extremely technical trails, based not on distance but on vertical climb and technical difficulty.

Registrations are open until 15 May 2018. Specific qualification criteria apply.

For more info and to register please see here: https://www.olympus-marathon.com/en

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Olympus Marathon 2018

21/06/2018 - 24/06/2018
Location: MAINLAND GREECEPIERIA

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Dates: 21-24 June 2018¦ Location: Dion, Piera, Mainland Greece¦ Races and start points: 3 different races – for more details about the starting point of each race please see the organizer’s official website ¦ Start times: for the detailed timings of each race please see the official “Olympus Marathon” website ¦More info: https://www.olympus-marathon.com/en


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