Why this colossal ultra is a must-try race before you die


What? The gruelling Spartathlon is a 153-mile ultramarathon that mixes running history with modern racing

When? 26-27 September, 2014

Where? From Athens to Sparta in Greece

Why? You’ll be able to run in the footsteps of Pheidippides, the ancient Athenian long distance runner, who in 490 BC ran the colossal distance (in under two days) to seek help during war

How much? Race entry: €450 (about £355). Return flight from London Heathrow to Athens: £576. Three nights in a hotel: £144. Post-race beverage: £3.00. Total: £1,078

How tough? Extremely tough. Because of the race’s unique history and background, it is labelled as the hardest but most rewarding event in the world

What’s the record? 20:25:00 – Yiannis Kouros (Greece)

How do I enter? Well, hardly with ease. Participants have to have completed at least one of a list of prerequisites within the last three years. An example being: to have covered a distance of at least 180K in a 24hr race. If you’re a regular ultramarathoner, this may be achievable – but this is not a race for the faint-hearted.



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