The Athens Classic Marathon is a long-distance race held annually between Marathon and Athens, Greece, usually in November. Competitors must travel 42,195 km to the finish line located at the Panathinaikó Stadium, site of the first games of the modern age in 1896 in which this athletic discipline was established.

The route of this marathon is based on the legend that gives it its name and existence, and which is none other than that of the Athenian soldier Filípides, who served as a messenger in Ancient Greece running from the Battle of Marathon to Athens to communicate the news of Hellenic victory over the Persians in 490 BC. C.1 This feat was recovered with the marathon race at the 1896 Athens Olympic Games.

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The current Athens classic marathon was started in 1972 after an agreement between the Greek tourist authority and athletics associations. The organization of the event has been under the auspices of its current organizers since 1983 and has become a A race of international importance, awarded with the Golden Label for Foot Races awarded by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

The Athens marathon is perhaps the toughest of the greats of its kind: the race runs uphill from kilometer 10 to kilometer 31, the longest ascent in any major marathon.5 The start takes place in the municipality of Marathon, where It passes in front of the tomb of the Athenian soldiers killed in the famous battle, and continues along the sea through the town of Nea Makri. After another steep climb, the route slowly descends to the Panathinaikó Stadium in the city of Athens, the venue for athletics events since ancient times and the goal of the 1896 and 2004 Olympic marathons.