I heard about the modern the Athens Classic Marathon from my fellow North Pole Marathon friend Zacharias, who is from Athens. This year the race will take place on my actual birthday November 13, 2016. What better way to celebrate my birthday than to reward (or punish) myself with running 42.195 km like Pheidippides did in 490 BC?
The legend of Pheidippides and the origin of the modern marathon are something worth mentioning. The Athens Classic Marathon starts in the town of Marathon, in the Attica region, and finishes in Athens. In recent years, there are hundreds of marathon races around the world and it is getting more and more popular. But it all started here, in Attica.
The Marathon Grand Slam Club? What in the world is that? If you asked me this question in 2015, that would be my answer. In 2016, things changed drastically after I drank the Kool-Aid at a cool place: the North Pole!
The Marathon Grand Slam Club is comprised of runners who have completed a marathon on each of the Seven Continents and on the Arctic Ocean at the North Pole Marathon. Thanks to the friends I met from the 2016 North Pole Marathon who have completed the Marathon Grand Slam, this immediately became my bucket list item.