The Rhodes International Marathon has become an institution. It was inspired by a Greek-American expatriate from Rhodes, George Zaras. Along with Mrs. Papavasiliou (the Organizing Committee’s president) and Mr. Kurtz (American Superathlete and author), they designed the route of the island’s marathon.
The first race was held in 2014, with 9700 runners of 69 nationalities participating ever since. Annually, athletes have the chance to run an unparalleled circular and coastal route. The route is 42,2 km long and is structured to allow individuals to gaze at the cerulean Aegean waters while running. Runners also pass along the walls of the Medieval City, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The Marathon’s medal depicts the head of the Olympian god Apollon Helios of Rhodes.
The 8th International Rhodes Marathon will take place on April 30, 2023.
In addition to the Marathon, a Half Marathon, 5km, and 10km races are also available.