27 Sep '12, 9pm

Enjoy Ian Sharman's overview of the 153-mile Spartathlon and this year's elite field.

Enjoy Ian Sharman's overview of the 153-mile Spartathlon and this year's elite field.

I love this race for many reasons. I will try to name a few. It is the “original” distance. “The Marathon” never actually happened. If history were reported properly we’d all be running Spartathlons and not marathons. Can you imagine the London Spartathlon? F#$% knows how much the New York Spartathlon would cost to enter. It is a simple but brutally hard race. It does not claim to be the hardest, longest, hottest, coldest, hilliest, highest or anything like that. However, ask anyone who has finished both Spartathlon and Badwater which one is harder. I’ve only ever heard one response. The organization of the race is fantastic, too. Loads of people mainly from Europe and Japan all group together at get through it. The locals in all the villages you run through are amazing. The cut offs are challenging for sure, but the thing that puts people out of this race is that they pan...

Full article: http://www.irunfar.com/2012/09/introduction-to-the-sparta...

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