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Pheidippides

6. Race plan

Day by day

Some key notes

  • Total distance: 620 kilometers
  • Start: Marathon (Agiou Panteleimonos square) (38.1177440973548, 23.990091692657526)
  • Finish: Ahten (Panathenaic stadium) (37.96868096048591, 23.740843577407176)
  • Route: Marathon — Athen — Sparta — Athen — Marathon — Athen
  • GPS tracker: link
  • Satellite tracker: link
  • Target: sub six days. Starting at July 2nd 06:00. That means that we have to finish before July 8th 06:00.
  • Daily milage: average at 104 kilometers per day
  • High temperature is the main risk factor. Highest temperatur at 13:00–17:00. Under normal conditions the temperature these hours is between 32–37 °. If it happen to be a period of heat wave you will have 38–45°.
  • Try to avoid running in that “heat” window. Instead use that we recovery and eating (and sleep if possible)
  • Set up one six hour and one five hours running windows, with minor fueling breaks when needed.
  • Running window 1 from 06:00–13:00
  • Running window 2 from 17:00 to 23:00 (or earlier / later depending on destination).
  • This means that we estimate a total 13 hours of running per day(which includes minor food breaks etc. )
  • At the Race Tracker route, there will be added six checkpoints (CP) named liked CP 1, CP2 etc. (One check point for each daily, and final, destination).

Overall race plan

Daily schedule

In short we will have following schedule;

  • 06:00 — 13:00 Run, eat
  • 13:00 — 17:00 Eat, sleep
  • 17:00 — 23:00 Run, eat
  • 23:00 — 06:00 Eat, sleep

Day stages

  • Day 1 (July 2nd) : Marathon beach to Agioi Theadori (103 km)
  • Day 2 (July 3rd): Agioi Theadori to Nestani (110 km)
  • Day 3 (July 4th): Nestani to Sparta (77 km)
  • Day 4 (July 5th): Sparta to Malantreni (105 km)
  • Day 5 (July 6th): Malantreni to Megara (96 km)
  • Day 6 (July 7th): Megara to Marathon Stadium (ca 90 km)
  • Day 7 (July 8th): Marathon Stadium to Athen (Panathenaic Stadium) (42 km)

Detailed race plan - refuel, hotel and checkpoint

Note: Kiosks are normally not open before 9 am. Since I start running at 6am , make sure to bring enough fuel for the first three hours. (TODO: Revisit open hours for refuling stations / kiosks).

Day 1 (July 2nd) : Marathon beach to Agioi Theadori (103 km)

Refuel:

Hotel:

Checkpoint (at destination):

  • CP 1: 37.9468278400062, 23.16158893353785
Sigas Beach Hotel

Day 2 (July 3rd): Agioi Theadori to Nestani (110 km)

Refuel:

Hotel:

  • Private accommodation

Checkpoint (at destination):

  • CP2: 37.61391075928585, 22.465749230988408
Nestani

Day 3 (July 4th): Nestani to Sparta (77 km)

Refuel:

Hotel:

Checkpoint (at destination):

  • CP 3: 37.079044453776625, 22.428442940423178
King Leonidas in Sparta

Day 4 (July 5th): Sparta to Malantreni (105 km)

Refuel:

Hotel:

  • Private accommodation is now sorted. In the middle of the village (there are no adresses in that village).

Checkpoint:

  • CP 4: 37.72615493621937, 22.638740977429748
Melantreni

Day 5 (July 6th): Malantreni to Megara (96 km)

Refuel:

Hotel:

Checkpoint:

  • CP 5: 37.983196621628515, 23.34419592155787

Day 6 (July 7th): Megara to Marathon Stadium (ca 90 km)

Cannot plan for any sleep at July 7th to July 8th as we need to be finish “line” at Panathenaic stadium, in Athen, before July 8th 06:00. Plan for a longer break, eat and relax before starting on the last strecth.

Refuel:

Hotel:

  • Not needed.

Checkpoint:

  • CP 6: 38.1516163021687, 23.96179608159949

Day 7 (July 8th): Marathon Stadium — Athen (Panathenaic Stadium) (42 km)

Refuel:

  • 6 km → Nea Makri: Avin (kiosk)
  • 10 km → Rafina: Habit (café)
  • 10 km → Pallini: Shell (kiosk)
  • 10 km → Athen: Lidl (kiosk)
  • 5 km → Panathenaic Stadium.

Hotel:

  • Not needed.

Checkpoint

  • No checkpoint, just the finish flag.

Must finish before July 8th 06:00 to be within target (sub six days).

Flying back to Norway July 8th at the evening

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Simen Holvik

Simen Holvik

Norwegian ultrarunner. | Next race: Spartathlon

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