Olympus race: ‘Mountain of the Gods’ marathon returns to Greek capital

A whole bunch of athletes travelled to Greece this weekend to deal with the Olympus Marathon, a difficult race over tough terrain and up steep mountain paths. 

The 43-kilometre run round Mount Olympus, the very best mountain in Greece, nearly completely retraced the traditional holy pilgrimage from Dion to the mountain’s summits.

1000’s of years in the past, these peaks have been regarded as the house of the Greek gods, and pilgrims would come right here to make sacrifices to Zeus. 

These days, the one sacrifice going down is that of the runners’ our bodies, as they powered up a 3,350-metre ascent.

This 12 months’s map was barely totally different in comparison with earlier years, with adjustments made to adjust to the Greek authorities’ determination making Mount Olympus a nationwide park.

The 524 runners started their race in Dion at dawn, following an uphill route for 21 kilometres to achieve Muses Plateau. 

They then crossed Zonaria, beneath the Throne of Zeus, and began their descent through the Zolotas refuge, Prionia and Enipeas Gorge, earlier than finishing their thrilling race in Litochoro city.

This 12 months’s nice winner was Spaniard Miguel Heras, with a time of 04:54:20. The second place went to Greek elite runner Dimitris Theodorakakos of Salomon Hellas, with a time of 05:00:39, carefully adopted by David Prades of Trangoworld-Scarpa, additionally from Spain, with a time of 05:03:32.

Within the girls’s race, Maria Malai of The Runner’s Challenge topped the rostrum, taking first place with a time of 05:52:20, adopted by Dimitra Bika of Scott Operating Greece with a time of 06:01:55, and Fotini Koloka of Salomon Hellas 06:29:34.

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