Monday, December 13, 2010

The Athens Marathon

We headed to Greece to run the 2500th anniversary of Phidippides' run from Marathon to Athens. Despite Delta Airlines best attempts to destroy the trip, we had a great time. We stayed at the Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel, which was walking distance to the Parthenon and several other sites. The race was on Halloween and the weather was perfect early on and gradually warmed. After the race, we took a bus to the Aegean coastline......

The Temple of Zues

The Plaka, a shopping and tourist area near the Acropolis. This was taken at about 2 am when the streets were deserted.

Hadrian's Gate
Kim at the base of the Acropolis. Olive trees are planted everywhere.
The Parthenon
Parthenon Pics
The Temple of Zues from the Acropolis.

The Aegean Coast........

Other Pics.....

The Athens Marathon....

The burial mound from the Battle of Marathon

The blu line.....the shortest distance from the start to finish.
The spectators handed out olive branches and shouted "bravo"

We wore our Pumpkin Run shirts for the race (it was on Halloween). We had spectators taking our pictures and kids pointing and shouting about Halloween.
Olympic Stadium finish.....

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