Record numbers participate in 36th annual Athens Authentic Marathon

Athens marathon

Athens marathon

The 36th Athens Authentic Marathon took place in the Greek capital on Sunday, with the participation of a record number of 55,000 runners from 106 countries. People of all ages took part in the event, which had people running 5 and 10-kilometer routes, and also a special one for children and another one for people with special needs.

Around 18,750 runners competed in the historic 42-km route from Marathon into the Panathenaic Stadium (Kallimarmaro), with participants passing through areas affected by the fires which devastated the area in July.

Mayor of Marathon, Ilias Psinakis said this year’s race was dedicated to the 99 people who lost their lives in the East Attica wildfires and also held a one minute silence in their honour.

Brimin Kipkorir of Kenya won the 36th Athens Marathon, beating Ethiopia’s Tesfa Wokneth by almost two minutes.

Muriuki Shelmith Nyawira from Kenya was the first woman to finish the race, coming in at 17th spot, followed by Koech Rebby Cherono from Kenya ranking 21, and Eleftheria Petroulaki from Greece came in at 30th place.