ATHENS MARATHON: THE AUTHENTIC & ORIGINAL RACE
The Athens Classic Marathon began in 1972 as a joint venture between the Greek tourist board and athletics association. The race came under the auspices of the current organisers and SEGAS (the Hellenic Athletics Federation), in 1983 and has since become a major race, being awarded Gold Label Road Race status by the IAAF.
One of the largest sport, cultural, and tourism events, the authentic Athens Marathon Run is taking place every 2nd Sunday of November. On November 11, the 36th Athens Authentic Marathon and its parallel runs took place in Athens, with the participation of a record number of 55,000 runners from 106 countries. A record 18,750 runners from 100 countries started the race Sunday morning.
36th Athens Authentic Marathon 2018: The winners
Brimin Kipkorir from Kenya has won the 36th Athens Marathon with the 3rd best ever time, clocking at 2:10:56. Two Ethiopian runners, Tiruneh Tesfa (2:12.52) and Gereme Azmeraw (2:13.20) were second and third, respectively. The first Greek runner to cross the finish line was Costas Gelaouzos, who was seventh with 2:21:54.
Shelmith Muriuki from Kenya won the women’s race – and was 17th overall – with a time of 2:36:46, followed by compatriot Rebby Koech at 2:38:54 and Greece’s Eleftheria Petroulaki (2:46:09), who ran her first Marathon.