Athens Marathon, 10K & 5K 2024

Nights
4
Date
10 November 2024
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  • 10k
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  • Marathon

Make History at the Athens Marathon 2024

Did you know – the Athens Marathon 2024 race is inspired by the Ancient Greek legend of Pheidippides, a messenger who is said to have run from Marathon to Athens to bring news of the Greek victory over the Persians at the Battle of Marathon? This is your opportunity to run the original marathon route, following in those victorious steps.

Rated by Runners World UK as one of the 100 best races in the world (handpicked by a panel of athletes and experts in 2022), the Athens Marathon 2024 will give you the opportunity to experience the wonder of this city while feeling the buzz of a marathon event.

Run through history with more than 43,000 runners and 80,000 spectators.

Meals Included

Meals Included

Daily breakfasts included and dinner on Saturday

Guide

Guide

Guidance & support from our team

Trip Extension

Trip Extension

Trip extension available upon request

Accommodation

Accommodation

4 nights in a centrally located hotel

Entry

Entry

Guaranteed race entry with a choice of distance available

Celebration Party

Celebration Party

Post-race celebration included

Excursions

Excursions

Half-day city tour included

Travel Package Information

  • Itinerary

    • Athens Marathon Package/4 Nights/7 November - 11 November 2024

      Thursday 7 November 2024
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      Arrival Day

      Today is an arrival day. Please make your own way to the start hotel located in the city centre. If your room isn’t available on arrival, the hotel will look after your bags so you can start exploring. (no meals included)

      Friday 8 November 2024
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      Half Day City Tour & Expo 

      An optional easy paced shake-out run led by your MTT Host is offered prior to breakfast with a few photo stops along the way. Your half-day city tour with our local English-speaking guide begins at 09:00am with visits to the Acropolis and the iconic Parthenon. Prior to returning to the hotel, we will visit the Athens Authentic Marathon EXPO to collect our bibs. Enjoy the afternoon on your own until we gather for our Welcome Reception at the Hotel. (breakfast and reception included)

      Saturday 9 November 2024
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      Optional Cape Sounion Tour, 5K race and Pre-race Dinner

      Today is a free day for you to explore Athens and the ancient Plaka on your own. Alternatively, if you have chosen to join the optional excursion to Cape Sounion on a half-day tour, you will depart this morning on the windy roads headed for the Temple of Poseidon followed by a three-course lunch (included) at a local fish restaurant. The tour will take approximately 6 hours and must be booked and prepaid in advance. Please note that we will go along a winding road by the shore. If you easily get car sickness you may want to take non-drowsy medication in advance.

      Tonight we will gather for a pre-race dinner at the hotel.  (Breakfast and dinner included)

      Note to 5K Runners: If you are participating in the 5K run, please note that the day tour will return to the hotel around 15:30pm. The 5K starts at 17:00pm (subject to change) and it is requested you be at the starting area by 16:30pm. We will walk you from the hotel to the corral area, just a short walk away. Your walk from the finish line at the Stadium back to your hotel is approximately 10 minutes. Please join us after your race for dinner.

      Sunday 10 November 2024
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      Race Day

      After an early breakfast make use of the bus transportation provided by the race organizers to transfer to the race start. We will walk you to the buses to ensure a smooth start (approx. 10 minutes). For those running the 10K, the race will start later this morning. The 10K corral area is only a short walk from the hotel. Your walk from the finish line at the Stadium back to your hotel is approximately 10 minutes.

      After a momentous day on the 10K or marathon course, the rest of the day and evening is free to celebrate your achievement however you choose. A non-hosted celebration dinner at a local restaurant is an option for anyone wishing to venture to the Plaka area this evening (steps involved)!

      (Breakfast included)

      Monday 11 November 2024
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      Departure Day

      You are free to depart at leisure today, after the hotel check-out. If you would like to stay longer please enquire with our team about extra nights or an upgrade to our 8-night package.

      (Breakfast included)

  • Packages & Rates

    • Marathon Tours & Travel Athens Marathon 2024 package from £660pp

      Includes the following:

      • Stay at a central Athens hotel for 4 nights, taxes included
      • Daily breakfasts, excluding arrival day
      • Welcome Cocktail Reception (Friday)
      • Half Day Athens City Tour (Saturday)
      • Pre-race Pasta Dinner (Saturday)
      • Guidance and support from Marathon Tours & Travel
      • ABTA protected

      Also Available

      • Guaranteed 2024 Athens Marathon Entry at £125
      • Guaranteed 2024 10KM Entry at £75
      • Guaranteed 2024 5KM Entry at £75
      • Additional pre- and post-tour hotel nights
      • Single supplement at £350

      Race entry includes:

      • Bib Number with incorporated timing chip
      • Technical Race T-shirt by adidas
      • Bag for clothing management
      • Transportation of the runner to the Marathon Start Area (Marathonas) from the city centre of Athens (refers only to the Marathon Race)
      • Services during the race (feed zones and medical assistance) and after the race (water, isotonic drinks, juice and medical services)
      • Clothing management during the race (Bag Check)
      • Accident Insurance during the race by ERGO
      • Finisher’s Medal (received exclusively by finishers)
      • Participation Certificate with finish time through the website of marathonphotos.live (available after the announcement of the Official Race Results and only if the runner is included in them)
      • Live tracking via the Official App – Athens Marathon & App
      • Backpack
      • Public Transportation Card
      • Free entrance at the Acropolis Museum
      • Face towel
      • 15% discount at the marathonshop.gr

      Not included

      • Airfare to and from Athens
      • Travel Insurance
      • Meals unless noted on itinerary
      • Any tips

      All Logistics Covered

      We take care of the logistics for you, so you can focus on the event and your trip. Your travel package is also financially protected by ABTA. Whether you are running or supporting, we have an expert team to ensure your trip runs smoothly.

  • Hotels

    • Royal Olympic Hotel

      The Royal Olympic Hotel is a family-run hotel, located beneath the shadow of Acropolis and just in front of the famous Temple of Zeus. This recently renovated 5-star property, is right next to picturesque “Plaka” (the Old Town), the Royal Gardens and the Ancient Stadium.

      Enjoy the views from the hotel’s rooftop bar and restaurant serving traditional Greek dishes. The property also has a pool, fitness centre, library and a 24-hour reception. The luxurious rooms are clean and comfortable with modern amenities; such as a satellite TV, air-conditioning and marble en-suite bathrooms.

  • Event Information

    • Run The Original Marathon Route in Athens

      The course starts in the village of Marathon and becomes hilly for the middle third of the distance, the last third is a gradual downhill before finishing inside the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens.

      This is your opportunity to run the original marathon route with more than 43,000 runners and 80,000 spectators. The incredible city of Athens is a mecca of historical importance and the Athens Marathon 2024 gives you the opportunity to experience the wonder of the city in a truly unique and memorable way.

      Race Start Time: 09:00am (10k starts at 08:15am)

      Weather: Average temperatures range between 60F to 75F.

      Course Time Limit: There is an eight (8) hour time limit.

      Number Pickup: Each runner must pick up their own race packet at the Expo. Time has been allotted for this during the half-day city tour.

      Eligibility: All marathon runners must be at least 18 years of age on race day.

      Awards: Every finisher will receive a medal, finisher certificate, sport-bag and commemorative t-shirt.

      Difficulty: Difficult due to the hills. The last 10K is downhill, which is a relief to your legs!

  • Registration & Booking

    • Minimum age 

      To take part in the Marathon 42km, you must be at least 18 years old. To take part in the 10km or 5km you must be at least 12 years old.

      How to book

      To make your booking, make sure that you select the correct number of rooms and types for all members in your party plus all the required extras. When you book, we will require a deposit to confirm your place.

      Payments

      When you confirm your booking, we will take a deposit payment. Subsequent payments are taken automatically.

      The cost of the event entry is non-refundable.

      Travel advice

      Before you travel, check the ‘Entry Requirements’ section for Greece’s current entry restrictions and requirements.

      Guaranteed Athens Marathon Entry

      We are pleased to offer you guaranteed entry for the Athens Marathon 2024 42km, 10km, or 5km. You can buy the entry at an additional cost if you also buy the accommodation package with us.

      Starting Times and Bib Numbers

      Although we are licensed to sell official entries for the Athens Marathon 2024 42km, 10km, or 5km, we have no influence over the allocation of starting times and bib numbers.

      Closer to the event we will ask for your expected pace and other details to complete the registration process for the Athens Marathon 2024. The race organisers will allocate you a starting time and bib based on the information you provide.

      All race rules must be followed.

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