The biggest event of the year is almost
here…Everything is ready for the 13th Olympus Marathon.
The countdown for the realization of the 13th
Olympus Marathon has begun. The top international race of mountain running, 44
km long and 3200 positive altitude in Greece will take place in Olympus, the
mountain of gods, on the 26 of June 2016 and it is ready to welcome 790
athletes, a record number of participants.
At the start-point of the Olympus Marathon 2016, which
in the 13 years of its organization it has won the love of the mountain-running
friends worldwide, 92 foreign athletes from 24 countries are aspiring to stand.
Once more, the country with the greatest number of participants is Romania (with
34 participants ).
Among the participants of the Olympus Marathon 2016
there are: the holder of the race record and three times race-winner , Spanish
Hernandez Gispert Jessed and the Greek champion Dimitris Theodorakakos, twice the
Top and established athletes-runners in the area of
mountain running in Greece such as :
Jachek Bogots, Dialektos Giorgos, Nikos Kalofiris,
Haris Kalamboukas, Aris Tsipis, Stavros Stefanis, Platonas Aronis.
A lot of elite foreign athletes such as: Swiss Philipp
Brugger, Norwegian Amdahl Sondre, Ethiopian Woldogeiorgis Eyob and many more
who we expect to compete and do their best.
The officially invited athlete in this year`s event is
American champion Stevie Kremer. In the women’s participations the names of the
top athletes stand out: Kazimirova Xenia, Tsekoska Katarzina-Anna, Lora
Repsenko, Christina Kozareva. Worth mentioning is the participation of Irena
Maliborska-Kiriakou, winner of the 1st Olympus Marathon, who will
stand for the 13th time at the start-point of the race. In this race it is expected for
the winner of the Winter Enipeas 2015 Glikeria Giagia to stand out.
EVENT PROVISIONS FOR THE ATHLETES
Just like every year, this year the Organizational
Committee of the race, is ready to fulfill every athlete’s needs in the best
The event’s first goal is the security of the
athletes. Except the first aid that will be provided by the Greek Red Cross and
specifically the Volunteers Samaritans, Lifeguards of the Regional Unit of
Katerini along the race route, the participants of the Olympus Marathon 2016
will be all insured for personal accident during the race by the National
Insurance. The Health Centre of Litochoro, the Hospital of Katerini and
Paramedics will be ready. An Army Ambulance will be waiting at the Prionia site.
The athlete’s pack in a Runner Store bag will include
the Bib Number, as well as gifts to the athlete such as a technical Salomon
top, a technical Salomon hat and a neck bandana.
The Organizational Committee of the event in
association with Melissa Company, are planning in celebration the Pasta Party,
on the eve of the race, with a spectacular show and the company of the band The
Audio Box at the Municipal Park of Litochoro.
Buses for the start of the race
at the Dion Archeological Site.
The event secures the athletes’ transfer from
Litochoro to the Dion Archeological Site by providing available buses at the
Municipal Park of Litochoro from the early hours of Sunday morning. In order to
achieve the best coordination and organization of the transfer of the athletes,
each athlete will receive a card-ticket during Registration, where the time
of the bus departure will be stated.
Specifically, the bus timetable will be:
4:00 4 buses
4:40 3 buses
4:50 1 bus (50
5:20 4 buses
The race is covered by 12 catering stations, 5 of
which are main stations where the athletes will be able to get gel, snacks, nuts,
electrolytes and water. (Koromilia, Petrostrouga, Oropedio, Prionia, Kastana ).
At the other stations there will only be water and electrolytes .We should
mention that the energy products are an offer from the big sponsor of the race,
Ethicsport. Fizzy drinks and bottled water AVRA , from the big sponsor, AVRA.
The rest of the catering is a kind offer from Market Plus in Litochoro.
The timing of the Olympus Marathon will be
electronically done by the company Championchip at the start-point, the
finishline and this year there will also be timers in three more sites of the
race, Koromilia, Oropedio and Prionia , aiming at the fast information of the
secretariat at the finishline as well as the precise register of the passages.
Register of the athletes will take place at each of the 12 stations.
At the finishline, water and isotonic Powerade will be
distributed to the athletes in order for them to cool down and to rehydrate effectively, a kind offer of
our mega-sponsor AVRA and later on they will be able to enjoy a hearty meal as
well as seasonal fruits , an offer of the company FRUITS PROTOFANOUSIS.
For once more, co-organizers of the Olympus Marathon
2016 are the Regional Unit of Pieria and the Municipality of Dion-Olympus.
Finally, the event takes place under the auspices of
the Ministry of Finances, Growth and Tourism.
From the Organizational Committee of the Olympus