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It’s a question that has been asked by many, since the legend that it was Pheidipeides ran from Marathon to Athens, shouted out “We won”, and died, has been debunked by Herodotus (as has another story that attributes this run to Thersippus, passed on by Plutarch in the Glory of Athens).

On Friday, October 29, the organizers of this year’s anniversary year Athens Marathon will try to solve this mysterious story of the infamous soldier who ran to Athens and dropped dead, defining the term “marathon” and inspiring¬†millions of runners around the world to take on the same challenge. (Of course most runners will tell you that this, the Athens Classic Marathon, is THE Marathon of all Marathons, the toughest marathon course in the world … driving it, particularly the 16 or so uphill kilometers from the other side of Pendeli, I tend to think it must be true).¬†

So whether you are here in Athens to run the Marathon, to support another who is running or you live here or just happen to be here this week, check out the special presentation at the Zappeion Megaro – followed by a terrific free concert by the Mikis Theodorakis Orchestra on October 29, 2010.

By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!

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