The picturesque city of St Petersburg is getting ready to welcome the 5th Act of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series. Right in the middle of the majestic city lies the Neva River. A narrow stadium racetrack of about 800 x 300 meters will accommodate the race.
Extreme Endurance at the Olympus Marathon
Organized for the 12th year, Olympus Marathon is an international running event that follows the footsteps of the Ancient Greeks where they ascended the mountain every year, in order to honor Zeus. The track starts from the remains of the sacred city of Dion and is completed in Litochoro town, which is the most important resort of the region.
Mount Olympus offers to the athletes participating in the marathon, incredible sights of the surrounding nature as apart from being a National Park, the mountain is also listed as a “World Natural Heritage Monument” by UNESCO. Runners start from almost zero altitude and reach up to 2800 m / 9186 ft just below the “Throne of Zeus”, which is one of the highest and steepest peaks of the mountain.
The race covers approximately 44 km / 27.3 mi, crosses the eastern side of the mountain and has 12 check points along the way until the finish line. For a more detailed description of the route, click here.