September 17th is a day that all running enthusiasts should mark on their calendars. On this day, we run in the “Road of Epameinondas” Half Marathon, which will take place in Thebes. The organization of this race is led by the Region of Central Greece, the Municipality of Thebes, and the Association of Health Runners of Marathon Runners in Thebes, offering routes for runners of all levels and preferences.
The event starts early in the morning at 9:00 with the “Road of Epameinondas” Half Marathon. It’s a route that starts from the Trophy of the Battle in Leuctra Boeotia and covers an impressive asphalt course through the villages of Leuctra, Kaparelli, Melissochori, Loutufi, Tachi, and ends at the heart of Thebes, at the Central Square. It’s an enchanting course that offers an unforgettable running experience.
For those who prefer shorter distances, there are options as well. At 10:00, the 6.8-kilometer road race starts from the square in Loutufi and finishes at the Central Square in Thebes.
Furthermore, high school students can participate in a 1.5-kilometer route also starting at 10:00 from Loutufi. Meanwhile, younger elementary school students can participate in a 400-meter race starting at 09:30.
After the race, we all gather at 12:30 for the awards ceremony, where the winners and participants are honored.
Thebes, an ancient city of Greece, emerges against the backdrop of the imposing mountains of Boeotia, offering a magical atmosphere rich in history and culture. It’s worth visiting some of the region’s landmarks, such as the ancient theater of Thebes, the Temple of the White Goddess, the beautiful Ylida Lake, and Thebes Castle. Finally, the picturesque square in Thebes, with its traditional cafes and restaurants, is the ideal place to taste local cuisine and enjoy the hospitality of the locals.
Running is much more than just a race. It’s an opportunity to discover new places, face challenges, and feel the triumph when crossing the finish line!