Sunday, March 15, 2020

History

Origin

Πιερ Ντε Κουμπερτέν

The Half Marathon road race or 21K, is the  Marathon’s little brother. The Marathon owes its existence to Pierre de Coubertin, the creator of the modern Olympic Games and to the Philhellene author Mickael Breal.

They  were  inspired by the historic Battle of Marathon in 490 BC and the messenger Athenian soldier, who was sent by general Miltiades to announce the happy event of victory to the Athenians and died  exclaiming his last words :"Nenikikamen"-a word symbol now of overexertion and self-denial.

General Information

The Half Marathon road races are more popular among women than the Marathon. Also, statistics show that it is increasingly popular among young people. This is probably because young people are faster in shorter distances.

On the contrary,in a Marathon the fastest runners belong to the age category of 40 years and older. Every year,there are  thousands of Half Marathons worldwide, more in number than the corresponding marathons (about 800 events per year worldwide).

This makes sense when you consider that even a systematic cursor does not participate in more than two marathons a year, but can participate in many more Half Marathons. However, the Half Marathons do not have the prestige and visibility of the Marathon races.

The Half Marathon Kalambaka–Trikala

In the memory of the runner and co-founder of the Trikala Runners Club, Thanasis Stamopoulos

Ο δρομέας του Συλλόγου Δρομέων Τρικάλων Θανάσης Σταμόπουλος
It owes its existence to the Trikala Runners Club, founded in 2003 by running friends in Trikala. Among them, Thanasis Stamopoulos, a founding member of the club, with many participations in races, including ultramarathons  over 100K.

The Runners Club of Trikala, wishing to honor the memory of its beloved friend, organized in 2008 its first half-marathon race from Kalampaka to Trikala, while giving it his name.

In the first race held on Sunday, March 30, 2008, about 330 runners attended, a staggering number for those days, with the winner being an athlete from Trikala - Fanis Skoufias,member of a historic club - with a time of 1.11.41. Equally successful were the second and the third races with about 200 participants.

In 2011, however, the Half Marathon was impressively upgraded reaching the very large number of 749 enrollments,while in 2012 the entries exceeded 1000 and the organization included the 6K Road Race and the 1K Kids Run.

Every year,both the Half Marathon Kalampaka–Trikala and the 5K Road Race with the 1K Kids Run, become even better and the aim of the organizing committee is to offer every time even better services so that  the whole tournament will constitute a unique experience for all participants.

Information

The International Half Marathon Kalampaka–Trikala is organized every year by the Trikala Runners Club.

Trikala Runners Club
P.O. Box 20
Trikala, 42100
Greece

Τ. +30 6934366610