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The Athens Classic Marathon EXPO 2010 will take place at the Zappeion Conference and Exhibition Centre (Zappeion Megaro, on Thursday 28 October from 1 pm to 8 pm (13:00 to 20:00), Friday 29 and Saturday 30 October 2010 from 9 am to 6 pm (09:00 to 18:00).
In addition to being the check-in spot for participants of this year’s Athens Marathon (which, just in case you have not heard, celebrates the 2500th aniversary of the Battle of Marathon and which will host a record 12,500 participants), the beautiful Zappeion hall will be filled with athletic related vendors, as well as sports and health related information booths.
Of course if you have never been inside the Zappeion, I suggest using this open door event as an opportunity to visit the stunning rotanda, even if health and sports aren’t personally on your agenda.

If you’ve come to town for the Athens Marathon and you are an opera buff, don’t miss the National Opera’s production of Marathon Salamis at the Olympia Theater.

And if you’re up for a day trip from Athens, consider a drive out to Marathon, where you can see the Trophy of Marathon along with the Marathon museum, and the tomb of the Athenians, where 192 fallen Greek soldiers where buried.

By Athensguide

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