Born to run? Here's where you can do it in Greece with these events and races, many of them through some of the scenic and historic territory in all of Greece.
3. Nemean Games
The Olympic Games were not the only games in Greece; many towns and regions held athletic competitions. The modern Nemean Games are a sweet recreation of the ancient competition and, like the Olympic Games, are held every four years. Pre-registration is required; if you've missed the deadline for 2008, start training for 2012 now.
This website searches out good running routes around the world - a search on Athens, Greece comes up with over fifty routes, many with detailed descriptions.
Founded over 25 years ago, this race is usually held in late September. It's an ultra-distance, 150-mile race favored by elite runners from around the world.
These races are held on the island of Alonissos, renowned for its marine wildlife preserve, at the end of May. The race was cancelled in 2009; check with organizers to be sure future dates are correct.
A look at running in Greece and in Athens by Daniel Head at the Washington Runners Report.
From Roger Robinson's book "Running in Literature", a selection of odes to the fleet of foot from Ancient Greece.
Into "skyrunning" - races with attitude and altitude? This trail-based marathon up the slopes of Mount Olympus may be just the race to make you feel like a true Olympian. Held each summer.