Olympus Marathon takes place in Mount Olympus, the legendary “Mountain of the Gods” on the last weekend of June. The course of the struggle follows the holy course of ancient believers, who ascended from the worshiping city of Dion to the summits of Mount Olympus at the beginning of the summer to sacrifice the supreme god, Zeus, and put down their tributes.
The athletes start from the archaeological site of Dion at 3 meters altitude and reach 2780 meters, passing in front of the “Throne of Zeus”, one of the highest and steepest peaks of the mountain after crossing 21 kilometers in exceptional natural beauty paths of Olympus. The climb, almost uninterrupted and laborious from the start of the race to the highest point of the route, covers 21 kilometers over 2900 meters of climb. The race, which has a total length of 44 kilometers, is completed in the town of Litohoro, one of the most important traditional resorts in northern Greece, at an altitude of 300 meters and 5 kilometers from the coasts of Thermaikos Gulf. The course of the race crosses the entire eastern side of the mountain and the view of the athletes as they struggle is breathtaking, at its highest points.
Olympus Marathon brings together athletes from all over the world who arrive in the mythical mountain to take part in an international racing match and enjoy a mountain that besides the National Park has been declared by UNESCO as a “World Natural Heritage Monument”.
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