Athens Marathon Panathenaic Stadium
The finish line for the Athens Marathon is the Panathenaic Stadium. Photograph: Why Athens

ATHENS MARATHON – The authentic and original race

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Where: From Marathon to Athens
When: 11 November 2018
Why Go: Cheer on marathon runners from various vantage points

The Athens Marathon celebrates its 36th year in 2018 with the annual race from the town of Marathon to Athens covering 42.195km’s. The finish line for the marathon will be held once again at the iconic Panathenaic Stadium with more than 50,000 runners expected from around the world to participate across 6 different events during the day.

Athens Marathon Panathenaic Stadium Father Daughter

A daughter joins her father as he is about to enter the Panathenaic Stadium after 42km’s of Marathon. Photograph: Why Athens

Commencing in the town of Marathon and moving through the streets of Athens, it’s a great opportunity to watch some of the best athletes make the final leap to the finishing line. All vantage points are open to the public free of charge including the Panathenaic Stadium where you are best served getting to the venue by 10am onwards to feel the atmosphere and catch the first runners through the stadium around 11am.

The best vantage points around Athens include:

40km mark: Megaron

40.4km mark: The Hilton Hotel

41.4 km mark: Presidential Residence, National Garden and Government House

FINISH LINE: Panathenaic Stadium

(See map points below)

Athens Marathon Panathenaic Stadium Vantage Points

Outside the Presidential Palace is one of the best vantage points to catch the runners. Photograph: Why Athens

Visitors can also participate in either a 10km or 5km road race. (Note: check the official website link here for registration details as entries close once participation limits are reached)

5km Road Race – Athens Marathon

Start time: 7:45am

Starting Line: Amalias Ave in front of Zappeion (Megaron entrance)

Athens Marathon

10km Road Race – Athens Marathon

Start time: 8:30am

Starting Line: Amalias Ave in front of Zappeion (Megaron entrance)

Athens Marathon

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