Athletes from all over the world will arrive in the next few days in Litochoro, to take part in the big sporting event of Olympus, the 15th Olympus Marathon, which will take place on 23 June 2018. Greeks and foreigners, amateur runners and top athletes of mountain running, will have the opportunity to experience the unique natural beauty of the mythic mountain, incredible energy and at the same time to “meet” with its history.
Olympus Marathon is the international mountain running event in Greece, carried out on Olympus , the world famous, Greek mythical “Mountain of Gods”. The route itself revives the sacred trail ancient Greeks followed to Olympus, where they ascended every year in order to honor and sacrifice to Zeus.
At its very beginning, the track of the race lies exactly on the ancient route, starting from the remains of the sacred city of Dion, one of the most significant archaeological sites in Greece today. The athletes reach up to 2800m starting from almost zero altitude (3m) at the starting point in Dion, just below “Zeus’ throne”, one of the highest and steepest peaks of the mountain in magnificent scenery. The race, covering approximately 44km, is completed in Litochoro town, the most important resort of the region, situated at 300m above sea level.
The track of the route crosses the eastern side of the mountain and the view the athletes enjoy at its highest parts, is truly breathtaking. Ascending, from the start to the highest point of the route, is continuous and covers over 2800m of total elevation gain in about 21 km. Racing in the “Mountain of Gods”, offers athletes the unique opportunity to take part in one of the main races of its kind throughout the world.
An important step in the international radiation, is the participation of the World Championship Mountain Running, as well as from last year was included in the list of the most important category of the series Skyrunning World Series of Sky Classic , in response to the requirements of the largest and most popular mountain runnings in the world.