Athens is gearing up for the city’s 35th Authentic Marathon on Sunday that will bring together more than 51,000 runners from Greece and around the world, who are participating in the seven separate events.
Organizers say they have 18,500 athletes registered for the main event, the 42.2km race starting from Marathon town at 09:00. All other runners will participate in the 5km and 10km Road Race, the 5km Evening Road Race, the Power Walking and the Kids Race.
On Saturday, a group of torchbearers carried the flame at the race’s starting point for the lighting of the flame, located at the burial mound which sits 4km south of the namesake town.
Twenty-four hours before the races, athletes were seen training around the city center. «I am participating for the third consecutive time in the Athens Marathon. I tour the world and run in Marathons, but the feeling created in the classic route is unique. This year my whole family came with me. We will then visit the Saronic islands. We come from the United States,» an athlete resting near the Panathenaic Stadium told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency.
«We’re here for the Athens event. We saw footage for the first time last year on TV and decided to enter into the event» said a group of young Dutch nationals. «You have a unique capital. We might be running tomorrow but we didn’t miss the chance to know the city’s night life,» they added.
Another group training near Lycabettus Hill said: «We combined holidays, business meetings and running.»

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