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The Marathon has always had a prominent place in the hearts and minds of athletes. The true meaning of running a marathon is to inspire others to do something they thought was too tough or impossible. It represents the ultimate athletic effort —where the human body, mind and soul are tested to their limits.

It is a fact that running a marathon is a challenge that requires commitment and perseverance but there is nothing more rewarding than accomplishing a goal you set. For the 4th consecutive year the International Rhodes Marathon on April 09-2017, motivated thousands of people from all around Europe to step outside out of their comfort zone and accomplish something new, grow stronger and become more confident.

The electric blue shades of the Aegean sea colored with grace the racing routes and the runners had the chance to experience both the ancient, medieval and more recent history of Rhodes crossing important landmarks of the city.

Maria Polyzou‘s and Anna Korakaki’s presence was the highlight of the Roads to Rhodes Marathon, as they are well known athletes and exceptional role models for the new generations.

The South Aegean Region and the Athletics Federation SEGAS DODEKANISOU co-organized “Road to Rhodes Marathon”, with the support of the Municipality of Rhodes, DOPAR and the Rhodes Hotels Association. This year a half marathon was launched, providing more choices for the runners. There were also three races 5K, 10K and Marathon courses as well as a 1,000m Kids Fun Run.

“If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.” – Emil Zatopek, Czech runner; winner of four Olympic gold medals