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Messene Marathon

Quick facts

Location Messene, Greece

Distance Marathon

Date 17 Mar 2018

About Messene Marathon

The “Messene Marathon”, is offering runners the opportunity to run at a place very close to Ancient Messene, a significant city founded 2500 years ago, possessing not only sanctuaries and public buildings, but also imposing fortifications, and houses and tombs is located 30 km to the north of Kalamata and was one of the most important cities of Messinia. Most of the things you would expect to find in an ancient Greek city are here; a theatre (one of the biggest in the ancient world), a large agora (civic center and market), temples, tombs and a large gymnasium converted by the Romans into an arena. Join this tour and walk side by side with history.

Distances

Messene 10K

  • 10km

Messene Marathon

  • 42.195km
  • 100 - 249 runners

Messene 3K

  • 3km

Practicalities

Award Medals

The first 3 males and females of each race will be given a cup award. All participants in all runs will receive a commemorative medal.

Timing

All participation will be timed using an electronic timing system.

Start:

Messene 240 02, Greece

Highlights

The prefecture of Messinia is being habited for thousand years, with a great history as a background. Witnesses of its long history are the countless classical, byzantine and newer monuments in the prefecture. Monuments and cultural inheritance of Messinia, in combination with the beautiful landscape that surrounds them, give a magic power to Messinia, that captures even the most demanding visitor.Some of the places that are worth visiting are Kalamata city, Pilos, Methoni, Koroni towns, Ancient Messene, Neda River, Voidokilia beach, Kardamili village, Pollimnio Waterfalls.

Ancient Messene is a significant ancient city in terms of its size, form, and state of preservation, and still has much to offer. It possesses not only sanctuaries and public buildings, but also imposing fortifications, and houses and tombs. Αmidst the peaks of Mt. Tetrazio, at the northern end of Messinia, Neda, the only female-gender river of Greece, flows towards the gulf of Kiparissia. Kardamili is a spectacularly beautiful seaside village located in Mani, the coast of Greece defined by travel connoisseurs as the New Côte d'Azur. Set dramatically against a backdrop of crystalline aqua-blue waters, majestic cypress trees, wild olive groves, verdant rolling hills and distant snowcapped mountains, it is one of the prettiest of villages that overlook the calm seas and splendid sunsets of the Messinian Gulf. Voidokilia beach, which is situated at 12 km from the city of Pylos, in the north of the Navarino bay, is not only one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, but maybe also in the Mediterranean Sea. The sheltered bay is referred to in Homer's Odyssey and archaeologists believe it was used by King Nestor as a port in ancient times. Polilimnio Canyon is a magic place with waterfalls and lakes, beautiful wooden bridges that seems it is a hidden paradise.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.