Masses of athletes traveled to Greece this weekend to take on the Olympus Marathon, a difficult race over tough terrain and up steep mountain paths.
The 43-kilometre run round Mount Olympus, the very best mountain in Greece, completely retraced the traditional holy pilgrimages from Dion to the mountain’s summits.
1000’s of years in the past, those peaks have been considered the house of the Greek gods, and pilgrims would come right here to make sacrifices to Zeus.
Recently, the one sacrifice going down is that of the runners’ our bodies, as they powered up a three,350-metre ascent.
This 12 months’s map was once moderately other in comparison to earlier years, with adjustments made to agree to the Greek government’ resolution making Mount Olympus a countrywide park.
The 524 runners started their race in Dion at break of day, following an uphill direction for 21 kilometers to succeed in Muses Plateau.
They then crossed Zonaria, underneath the Throne of Zeus, and began their descent by way of the Zolotas shelter, Prionia and Enipeas Gorge, ahead of finishing their thrilling race in Litochoro the town.
This 12 months’s nice winner was once Spaniard Miguel Heras, with a time of 04:54:20. The second one position went to Greek elite runner Dimitris Theodorakakos of Salomon Hellas, with a time of 05:00:39, intently adopted via David Prades of Trangoworld-Scarpa, additionally from Spain, with a time of 05:03:32.
Within the girls’s race, Maria Malai of The Runner’s Mission crowned the rostrum, taking first position with a time of 05:52:20, adopted via Dimitra Bika of Scott Operating Greece with a time of 06:01:55, and Fotini Koloka of Salomon Hellas 06:29:34.