The Athens 2019 Marathon
The Athens Marathon is a unique yearly event attended by thousands of people from all over the world. During the Athens Marathon, runners get to race along the historic route from Marathon to Athens following in the footsteps of the legendary runner Pheidippides. No other event in Athens is so closely related to Greece’s ancient history. The Athens Marathon also called the Authentic Marathon, is the biggest most significant international sports event in Greece.
The Marathon Race originates from a true historic and heroic event. It was the news-bearing foot soldier Pheidippides who run from Marathon to ancient Athens, to announce the victory of the Greeks against the Persians during the Marathon Battle in 490 BC. Much later, this 42,195 m run became one of the most competitive events during the revival of the Olympic Games in 1896. The famous Greek athlete Spyros Louis, ran the original marathon course from the ancient city of Marathon to the Panathinaikon Stadium in Athens and won the gold medal of the first modern Olympic Games.
Join the Athens 2019 Marathon as a runner
Inspired by Pheidippides and Spyros Louis? Everyone above 18 years old can join the Athens 2019 Marathon race. To participate, you need to register at the Athens Authentic Marathon website. You can opt to run or power walk the actual classic marathon. But there is also a 10K and 5K race.
Children can participate in a kids race of 1200 m. The age limit to participate in the Kids’ Run is set from 9 to 12 years old. The kids run takes place around Syntagma square and ends in the historic Panathenaic Stadium. Can you imagine the stories they can tell their friends after participating in the authentic marathon at the place where it all started some thousands of years ago! At the end of the race, the kids receive juices, fruits and of course, a beautiful high-quality medal. Is there a better souvenir to take home? Participating in the Athens Marathon is an unforgettable experience!
There are currently places available but the registration procedure closes without any further notice once the participation limit per race is met. For more details and information, follow this link.
How to get to the race starting point
The Marathon race starts at the town of Marathon and then heads into Athens. The finish line is at the historic Panathinaikon Stadium. On the day of the Marathon, the Athens Marathon Organizing Committee provides buses for all marathon runners that depart from six different points in Athens Center to the starting point in Marathon town.
The 10K race takes place inside Athens city around the central Syntagma square. Should your hotel be located outside of the center, we are happy to arrange a private luxury transfer for you as part of our Athens Marathon Package.
Further, all runners registered to participate in one of the Athens Marathon races in the full registration level, are entitled to a transport card offering them free use of all Athens public transport means for the period three days prior and two days after the Marathon race.
Did you know that some participants even run with strollers? Especially during the 5K and 10K races, we have seen many women and men running and power walking pushing their child along during the sunny historic Athenian scene!
Join the Athens 2019 Marathon as a spectator
If you are not participating in the Athens 2019 Marathon but would like to join the celebrations and cheer for your participating family or the athletes, have a look at the program below.
Program Saturday 9 November 2019
• 12.30–13.15: Opening Ceremony – Marathon Flame Lighting Ceremony at the Marathon Tomb and Torch Relay from the Marathon Tomb to the Marathon Start Venue
• 17.00: Start of the 10 km Road Race in Athens city
Program Sunday 10 November 2019
• 09.00: Historic Start of Marathon Race at Marathon Town
• 08:15: Start of the 5 km Road Race in Athens city
• 11.09: Estimated finish time of the 1st male marathon runner in Athens’ Panathinaikon Stadium
10.20-10.40: Kids’ Fun Run 1200 m
If you decide to visit Marathon, note that it takes about one hour from Athens by car. Marathon is located on the north-east coast of Attica, 40 km away from Athens, and twenty minutes away from Athens International Airport. Kids Love Greece can organize a visit to Marathon and the Marathon Flame Lightning Ceremony by private luxury transfer as part of our custom-made Athens Marathon Package. It is not wise to visit Marathon on the day of the run. Because alongside the marathon route, road closures and traffic restrictions are taking place the entire day. It will be very busy and it will be difficult to get back to Athens in time for the finish.
Visit the Panathinaikon Stadium
To truly understand the atmosphere of the Marathon race, we recommend you to find a seat at the finish line in the historic Panathinaikon Stadium. Runners have to run the last 170 m of the race inside the stadium before they finalize their achievement. On the day of the Marathon race, the Panathinaikon Stadium opens its doors to the public free of charge. The stadium closes late in the evening when the last runner has crossed the finish line. Witnessing athletes receive their medals at the finishing line from the marble seats of the Panathinaikon stadium overlooking the Acropolis is an unforgettable experience.
Walk the Athens Streets
You can also opt to support the runners along the streets of Athens. The 5k and 10K race, as well as the kids race, take place along the historic centre and monuments of the city. The centre of Athens will be closed off for cars and the streets are easy to navigate by foot. Festivities take place along the route and lots of Athenians will be out. The course maps for all the races can be found here. If your family decides to wander the city, we recommend Zapeion and the National Gardens, the starting point of the 5K and 10K race. The hustle and bustle and the energy of the runners will excite everyone. The Athens 2019 Marathon is an event that families are looking forward and lots of Athenians will bring their children along.
Some people dress up as ancient Greeks and run the race, others bring their dogs or their musical instruments. The Kids Love Greece team has witnessed the Athens Marathon and can guarantee you that it is an experience of a lifetime!
How to navigate Athens on the day of the Athens 2019 Marathon
During the races, there are no vehicles allowed in the city centre of Athens and anywhere around the Panathinaikon Stadium until the afternoon. Therefore, we recommend the use of the metro. The Athens metro is stroller accessible and most metro stations have elevators. Follow this link to find useful maps of the Athens metro network. The Panathinaikon Stadium is located in downtown Athens, just 1000 m from the “Syntagma”, “Acropolis” and “Evangelismos” metro stations. You can get there by metro or walk.
Where to stay in Athens for the Marathon
Whilst Athens has plenty of accommodation to choose from, large events such as the Athens Marathon may have an impact of the number of hotel rooms available. If you are planning to visit Athens for this year’s Marathon, contact the Kids Love Greece team, and we can find you a great hotel that is comfortable for you and your family and has good connections to the event.
For people who opt for a quiet and relaxed location to have a morning run along the coast, we recommend hotels at the Athens Riviera. For those who do not want to miss the festive Marathon atmosphere, we recommend staying in the city centre.
If you are planning to visit Athens for the 2019 Marathon, it pays to plan ahead, and again our team can help you!
Athens Marathon 2019 Packages
Our 7-Day Athens Marathon Package has been specially designed for families who want to participate in the Marathon but also experience Athens and Greece at the same time in a relaxed and comfortable way. The program of our 7-Day Athens Marathon Package leaves plenty of free time to rest and get prepared for the race. Included in the package is transportation to all the activities in private luxury transfers. You will not need to use any public transportation. We will also guide you to pick up your bib numbers and race kits from the Athens Marathon EXPO & Registration Centre. We further organize a guided family tour at the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum, a private food tour and biking tour and a visit to the nearby islands to relax after the race. Contact the Kids Love Greece team for more details about our 7-Day Marathon Package.
Further to our 7-Day Marathon Package, the Kids Love Greece team is happy to design a tailor-made Athens Marathon package for your family according to the race you are participating in and in accordance with your travel dates.
We will create the perfect itinerary if you want to truly experience the magic and antiquity of Greece and the Marathon. We guarantee an unforgettable time for your family!
Feel like an ancient Athlete
Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in your very own family ancient work out in the Panathinaikon Stadium. Have a look at our Olympic Games Workout – Family Olympics Activity in Athens and feel like an ancient Athlete. During this morning activity, you will learn how ancient and modern Olympians trained, take part in a fun gym session, and finish with a family race at the magnificent Panathenaikon Stadium.
Other things to do in Athens
There are of course plenty of other things to see and do in Athens for you and your family. During a visit you should definitely make time to see the Acropolis, take a walk around Plaka, and visit the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion for the sunset. For mythology fans we recommend our Percy Jackson Tour of the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum and Percy Jackson Tour of Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon from Athens.
Good luck to all participants of this year’s Athens Marathon! Feel free to contact us for more details.