2015 Athens Marathon - TEAM AHEPA


Event Date

Sun, Nov 8, 2015


Washington, DC


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Running-Marathon - TEAM AHEPA - Individual Age group/open

$250 $250 Closed

About This Activity

2,500 Years of Heroic Running... Athena

The modern Athens Marathon commemorates the run of the soldier Pheidippides from a battlefield at the site of the town of Marathon, Greece, to Athens in 490 B.C., bringing news of a Greek victory over the Persians. Legend has it that Pheidippides delivered the momentous message "Niki!" ("victory"), then collapsed and died, thereby setting a precedent for dramatic conclusions to the marathon.
When the modern Olympic games were inaugurated in 1896 in Greece, the legend of Pheidippides was revived by a 24.85 mile (40,000 meters) run from Marathon Bridge to Olympic stadium in Athens. Traditionally the final event in the Olympics, the first organized marathon on April 10, 1896 was especially important to all Greeks. Greece was hosting those first modern Olympic Games. The Greeks had yet to win a medal, and had one final chance to bring glory to their nation. Twenty-five runners assembled on Marathon Bridge. The starter mumbled a few words and fired the gun, and the race was on. "The excitement of the crowd waiting at the finish line at the newly constructed replica of Athens' ancient stadium was beyond description" writes the Greek historian Quercetani. Spiridon Louis, a Greek postal worker from the village of Marusi and veteran of several long military marches, crossed the finish line a full seven minutes ahead of the pack. His time was 2 hours, 58 minutes, 50 seconds for the 40 kilometer distance. When it was all over nine runners finished, 8 of them Greeks. The host nation was ecstatic, and the marathon was born.

AHEPA logo with American, Canadia, EU and Greece flags



Run the Original Historical Course

AHEPA Marathon Team 2015


These exclusive reserve slots are set aside for the AHEPA Foundation

from the 12,000 hard limit entries placed by the event organizers.

How would you like to get a free trip to Greece to run or walk on November 08, 2015.

The AHEPA will pay for successful fundraisers and your tour package for a six day/five night trip to Athens. Fundraising goal is in addition to the non refundable $250 deposit. The sponsor’s donation is tax deductible. The fundraising is for the AHEPA Foundation ( 501c(3) non-profit organization). All runners/walkers are welcome. Everyone benefits and you help a good cause!

Each successful fundraising team member will receive:

Gold Level

($5,100.00 fundraising goal)

• 6 day/5 night AHEPA Marathon 2015 package.

• Roundtrip airfare from your home city. The return flight can be adjusted if you wish to stay in Greece longer, however, we are not responsible for any additional fees regarding change of flight.

• Hotel accommodations

• Discounted Jeff Galloway training programs

• Access to exclusive training conference calls

• Access to Jeff Galloway for training questions

• Entry into the Athens Marathon (run or walk), 10K or 5K

• Celebration after the marathon with Greek Dancers, music and awards

• Fund-raising support and materials

• “In Training” shirt upon the close or completion of sale of all team slots.

• Official AHEPA ALL STAR MARATHON TEAM track suit

Silver Level

($4,000.00 fundraising goal) ***Does not include airfare***

• 6 day/5 night AHEPA Marathon 2015 package.

• Hotel accommodations

• Discounted Jeff Galloway training programs

• Access to exclusive training conference calls

• Access to Jeff Galloway for training questions

• Entry into the Athens Marathon (run or walk), 10K or 5K

• Celebration after the marathon with Greek Dancers, music and awards

• Fund-raising support and materials

• “In Training” shirt upon the close or completion of sale of all team slots.

• Official AHEPA ALL STAR MARATHON TEAM track suit

Companions: There is an option of inviting a companion to go along on this exciting trip to Athens. Those reservations need to be arranged through Apostolos Greek Tours as soon as possible as space is limited. The Order of AHEPA assumes no responsibility with companion travel outside the fundraising program

Hotel Arrangements: Hotel rooms are based on double occupancy. Single travelers will be assigned a roommate unless they pay the single supplement of $255. Extra nights can be arranged. All single supplements area directly payable to Apostolos Greek Tours. AHEPA has nor responsibility.

Fundraising: Remember the most important part of any fundraising effort is simply to ASK! You will find that you know more people than you think and that those people will be more generous than you ever imagined. They will respect your ambitious goal of completing a full marathon, 10K or 5K race. Don’t forget to tell them that it is entirely tax-deductible and for a worthy charity. Each participant will be responsible for raising a minimum amount in order to qualify for the trip. Apostolos Greek Tours, Inc. is ready to provide fundraising strategies and support throughout your efforts to raise money.  Most importantly, when you complete your fundraising on schedule, you will be able to focus on the physical training during the last six weeks. You won’t have to worry about anything but preparing your body and mind for the physical and very emotional experience.

For more details, please contact:


Paul Samaras, Apostolos Greek Tours, Inc.


Register Online Now


AHEPA 1909 Q Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 Tel: 202-232-6300 Email: ahepa@ahepa.org

Event details and schedule

Athens Marathon, 10k & 5K - date, time, route

stadiumThe Athens Marathon is like no other on Earth. According to legend, it covers the same ground that the Athenian messenger Phiedippides ran when he brought news of victory from the battlefield of Marathon 2,500 years ago. When you run the Athens Marathon, you run in the very footsteps of the ancient gods and heros that gave birth to western civilization. The finish line is in Athens' magnificent Olympic Stadium, the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. Those who run the Athens Marathon say it is an experience they'll never forget.
The Athens Marathon is recognized as the original marathon course and it was the same course used in the 2004 Olympics held in Athens.

Apostolos Greek Tours
offers you the best way to experience the Athens Marathon. Paul Samaras, who personally conducts the Athens Marathon Tour each year, is a Greek native now living in Denver. He works closely S.E.G.A.S.(hellenic amateur athletic association) and others in Greece to smooth out the hassles so you can concentrate on what matters---running your best and experiencing Greece. Check out what is included in the Apostolos Marathon Tour packages. Check out what some of previous tour members had to say about the Athens Marathon and Apostolos Greek Tours.
The Athens Marathon 26.2 miles is run entirely on asphalt. The first twelve kilometers are level. The middle nineteen kilometers are gentle long hills. The final eleven kilometers are downhill. The finish line is in Athens' magnificent Olympic Stadium.

DATE: November 8th, 2015.

STARTING TIME: 9:00 AM at the ancient battlefield in the town of Marathon. Apostolos Greek Tours delivers you to the starting line in a comfortable chartered bus, so that you can start the day preparing yourself to run your best.

OTHER: Your must be at least 18 years old to enter the Athens Marathon. There is no qualifying time. The course is open for 8 hours. For the 10k and 5k you must be at least 12 years old with parental authorization.


10Km Road Race
Along with the Athens Classic Marathon, a 10Km Road Race will take place, starting from and finishing in the Panathinaikon Stadium, open to anyone 12 years and older. The course of the 10km Road Race will be out and back, running the first 5km on the opposite direction of the Marathon Race and, then turning back and finishing in the Panathinaikon Stadium, on the original marathon course. The start of the race will be given at 09:30. The first half of the course is rather uphill, having some flat points on the way. It goes through one of the most central roads of Athens, that is Vas. Sofias Aveue. It goes by the National Gallery, the Hilton Hotel, the glass statue of the Runner, the Liberty Park, the Megaro Mousikis (Music Hall), and the USA Embassy. At the level of the Athens Tower, the course follows Mesogeion Avenue, and then Michalakopoulou Street for a few minutes. The course goes uphill between the Police Academy and the turning point, which is in front of the “G. Gennimatas” Hospital. The rest of the course is considered rather easy, finishing in the Panathinaikon Stadium. In order for someone to participate in the 10km Road Race, he/she should be at least 12 years old with parental authorization.
5km Road Race
Apart from the 10km, a 5km Road Race will also take place during the Athens Classic Marathon event. The starting point will be in front of the Panathinaikon Stadium (Propylea) and the course will run the historical left of the city of Athens, passing along significant monuments and city buildings.  The 5km Road Race will finish in the Panathinaikon Stadium. The 5km Road Race will start at the same time with the 10km Road Race, at 09:30. The runners need to be at the start area at least one (1) hour before the start of the race. In order for someone to participate in the 5km Road Race, he/she should be at least 12 years old with parental authorization.


6 Day Tour Itinerary

Here is what you get:

DAY 1 (Wednesday, November 4)

  • Travel to Athens from your home city.
  • Airfare not included.

DAY 2 (Thursday, November 5)

  • Arrive in Athens.
  • Our staff will meet arrivals on Nov 5th, 10am through 7pm and provide hotel transfers. We will assist those arriving outside of those times with a private taxi or regular taxi at an extra cost (private taxi 45 euros, regular taxi: 30 euros. After midnight 10Euros extra. )
  • Staff introductions and orientation. Beverages and hors-d'oeuvres served.

DAY 3 (Friday, November 6)

  • 7:30 am. The day begins with an early morning 30-minute run followed by a buffet breakfast (included).
  • 8:30 am: City tour of Athens and the Acropolis.
  • Lunch on your own in one of the sidewalk cafes in the Plaka. Our guide will escort you.
  • Marathon Expo.
  • 6:00 pm. Return to our hotel.
  • Evening free.

DAY 4 (Saturday, November 7)

  • Buffet breakfast, but no early run.
  • Morning: leave for Sounion, temple of Posseidon. It dates back to 1,200 BC as described in Homer's Iliad in the Trojan wars.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • 3:00 p.m. Race day orientation, followed by questions and answers
  • 6:00 p.m. Pasta Dinner at the hotel.

DAY 5 (Sunday, November 8)

  • After a lite breakfast (included), we'll leave for the starting line in plush, chartered buses. All the pre-race details are taken care of so you can save your energy to run the Marathon, not use it up getting there! We'll depart from the hotel at 7:00 AM
  • The Marathon starts at 9:00 am. May the spirit of Pheidippides run with you.
  • We provide our own sweep vehicle and track each of our runners
  • We also provide our own aid station at the half and at the finish.
  • After the race, we'll enjoy a gala awards banquet and party at the hotel. A local D. J. and Greek folk dancers will be on hand to set the tone.

DAY 6 (Monday, November 9)

  • Sleep late and enjoy a lazy morning. Buffet breakfast (included) at the hotel.
  • Late morning we will visit the Ancient Agora of Athens (next to the Acropolis). We will see the Theseion, the best preserved building of ancient Athens and the Agora Museum.
  • Lunch on your own at one of the Plaka sidewalk cafes.
  • 5:00pm Return to the hotel
  • Free evening to relax, or perhaps enjoy a stroll on the beach.

DAY 7 (Tuesday, November 10)

    • Departure from Athens. Transfers to airport are NOT included, our staff will help in making arrangements with our private taxi service.
    • If you are doing the six day tour and wish to take the optional 1 day, 3 island cruise, you can extend your stay by one day. The extra day hotel stay is $140.00 USD per room per night.

Optional One Day, Three Island Cruise to Hydra, Poros, and Aegina

  • Optional One Day, Three Island Cruise:
    This optional 3 island tour has three ports of call: Hydra, a picturesque Aegean harbor unspoiled by motor vehicle. Poros, with its narrow streets, waterfront cafes, taverns and shops. Aegina, famous for its temples from the Classical Period. Lunch is inclued. Price is $160.00 USD

Depart U.S.A.: November 4th
Arrive in Athens: November 5th

Return Date: November 10th


Your Coach, Jeff Galloway

Jeff GallowarPaul,

I am sad that we cannot join you this year for the tour.  You are a friend and I respect you greatly.  As you know, my contract with Disney forces me to be in Florida during the key time when the participants would need my personal clinics. Chris Twiggs, my national program director, will be joining you in Athens this year.
Chris is very familiar with my training program, run-walk-run strategies, and virtually anything else about marathoning and can answer any questions about the course. Chris is a Boston Qualifier, and knows my system thoroughly.
Though I will not be able to join you and the runners in Athens this year for the Marathon, please advise your runners that their coach for this year's training season will still be me, Olympian Jeff Galloway. I have coached thousands of runners to successful finishes in the Athens Classic Marathon for the past 17 years. My run-walk-run method has helped hundreds of thousands stay injury free. When a runner signs up through Apostolos Greek Tours, they will receive my training schedule which will provide the training needed for the race on November 11. I will also be available to them via email for any clarifications or training questions.

Jeff Galloway

Jeff is best known for writing Galloway's Book on Running, the best-selling running book in North America. A lifetime runner, he was a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team in the 10,000 and marathon, and enjoys a successful masters running career. He is CEO of Galloway Productions, producer of a wide range of fitness programs and events each year, and is the owner of Pheidippides, a national network of running specialty stores. He is also the author of Return of the Tribes, and a third book, entitled Marathon!

Read Jeff's monthly column on training in Runner's World,and check out his web site at jeffgalloway.com.

Here is Jeff's own description of what the Athens Marathon means to him, and why it's a running experience you'll never forget:

Welcome to the very best running tour of Athens!

After working with Paul Samaras and his great staff for 18 years, and comparing notes with those who've enrolled in other tours, I don't believe there is a better way to experience Greece as a fitness experience.  The helpful and friendly guides, smooth logistics, wonderful meals, running on the paths of ancient athletes--it's priceless.  Last year, on a hilltop near our hotel area just off a wonderful running trail, Barbara and I found an inscription in the bedrock that appears to be of ancient origin.  We will explain how running was a significant thread in the original fabric of western civilization.  You have a lot to look forward to.

Let me know if I can help,


Running Comments

Jeff Galloway: Almost any runner can finish strong in Athens.
Having worked with dozens of beginning runners who have "conquered" the Athens Marathon course, I can say that with the right pacing and strategy, the Athens Marathon will not seem difficult at all. Since 1995, I have helped runners train for and actually run this historic course. Since there are many "once in a lifetime" experiences on this trip, I don't recommend going for a personal record--but several of our past participants have done this. You'll share thoughts with fellow runners from all over the world, as you cover the same ground trod by Phidippides in 490 BC--the route used in the very first marathon race, in the very first modern Olympic Games. This is truly a heritage experience for runners--one that you will remember for the rest of your life.
Jeff Galloway

New! Jeff Galloway's Ultimate Running Camp in Ancient Olympia

Train with the best! For two decades, Olympian Jeff Galloway has helped to prepare our guests to run the Athens Marathon. Starting this summer, you can benefit from traveling and training with Jeff Galloway in Greece with our new running camp.

You will enjoy:
• Run-walk in the Classical Stadium and in the footsteps of ancient heroes, warriors, legends and philosophers.
• Motivation by Jeff's coaching and the ideas of Classical Greeks that inspired Western Civilization.
• Run clinics that cover: staying injury-free, nutrition, maximizing endurance, smooth running form, mental training for motivation and much more.
• Barbara Galloway's expertise in women’s health, nutrition and other areas.
• Rich ancient history that includes the Acropolis, the Parthenon, a city tour of Athens and shopping.
• A visit to the Museum in Olympia which contains the largest collection of ancient artifacts.
• Improved running with new friends in a fun, relaxed environment.
• Greek food, culture and hospitality.

Camp dates are June 20 - July 1, 2014. Visit www.runathens.com to learn more.

For more details, please contact:


Paul Samaras, Apostolos Greek Tours, Inc.


Register Online Now


AHEPA 1909 Q Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 Tel: 202-232-6300 Email: ahepa@ahepa.org

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