Finish Line

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Epic. That word describes it all. The finish line was in this awesome marble stadium (which name I should know, but I don’t) and I can hardly describe the feelings when I finally entered it. The pains and struggles with the tough course (very tough) are all forgotten, when you feel welcomed by the ancient landmark and embraced by 2,500 years of old history. The fact that again I did not do the under 4 hours seemed to be dwarfed by this experience. I am very please though with my time around 4:17 considering the hard course and all. And I want to do it again and then stay a bit longer. Athens is such a great city. The long weekend here only wants me to have more.

Edit: It is the Panathinaikon stadium where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896.

Start Line

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It’s really happening. Just made it to the start line. Atmosphere is great, people are so friendly. The guy next to me on the transfer bus told me that the route we are driving is actually the race course. Arghh! A lot of inclines up to k32, from there it goes down to the finish in Athens. The guy (a local by the way) also said this is one of the harder marathons (he said in fact “one of the hardest”, whatever that means), but I refuse to believe that. It would be too daunting just 90 minutes before the start. Have to get ready now! I’ll sent an update when it’s all over!