The 10th Olympus Marathon took place on the Mountain of the Gods on Sunday
30 June with the participation of 575 runners, including 104 foreign athletes
from 21 countries. They ran on the paths of the gods, honoring the race with
their presence in spite of the many difficulties facing our country.
year too the competition was high among men as well as women. Present were the
record holder of the race, Jessed Hernandez Gispert, as well as Greece’s top
mountain runners. However, harsh weather conditions, very low temperatures and
very strong winds at 2,200 m and up prevented the athletes from achieving good
performances and tried their endurance.
The winner was Greek champion Dimitris Theodorakakos with 4.44.54. In a
grand fight Jessed Hernandez Gispert ended second (5.02.38), two minutes ahead
of Jancek Bokoc (5.04.18). Among women, the Russian Zhanna Vokueva came first
at 6.13.27. Next was Lora Repsenko
at 6.24.06, while the first Greek – Amalia Matthaiou – came third at
6.39.13. Out of 575, 519 athletes ended within the official limit of ten hours,
while the average time came down to 8.01 hours.
On Saturday, 29 June, 305 children participated in the Olympus Kids &
Olympus Juniors races. 75 of them were children of participant athletes. The
children races were the kind contribution of the Novo Nordisk company.
The 10th Olympus Marathon took place with the support of DEADO- the
Municipal Development Association of Olympus Dion, and of the Novo Nordisk
company. By the side of the organization were the Buff company, alternative
energy Era Energy company,Power Bar and Solo Energy Bar,
Gastrodromio restaurant, vineyard Zafiriadi, and Traditional Bardaki from
The support of Ostragon was invaluable with its rehabilitation services as
well as those of the Gehwol company, Proto fruit company, legal representation
Arag company, pizzeria Sundays. We thank Complete Travel (Giannis Tsangaris
& George Grinias) for their efforts in complementing the transfer of the
athletes with many additional trips. We thank the mineral water Dion for the
water it provided to the organization, as well as Olympus Tea for the drinks it
offered to the athletes at arrival.
The 2013 Oympus Marathon was also sponsored by the Region of Central
Macedonia, the Regional Unity of Pieria, and the Cooperative Bank of Pieria. We
warmly thank the meat company Santikidi and the chicken Stravaridi who offered
the meat for the post-race meal, as well as Computer Galaxy for its help.
Over 300 volunteers from the local and regional communities helped organize
the race with their invaluable services. Next to the organization were also the
Corps of Volunteer Samaritans, Paramedics, and Lifeguards of the Greek Red Cross
with 40 members from the Katerini section and 18 from Thessaloniki. SYRAP
(Association of Radio Amateurs of Pieria) successfully organized and managed the
communications network. Superior was also the participation of the Greek
Mountaineer Association, the Association of Greek Mountaineers, the Association
of Volunteer Firemen of the municipality of Dion, as well as the team from the
first refuge who undertook to clean the paths of the race, and the preparation
work of the employees of the municipality of Olympus Dion.
The Organizing Committee and the Board of Olympus Marathon would like to
warmly thank all the participants who honored the race, all those who supported
it, and contributed to its orderly organization, as well as invite all its
friends to the 11th race on 29 June 2014.
Litohoro, 7 July 2013.