Wednesday , August 12 2020

The Museum

The permanent exhibition of the “Olympic Marathon” presents for the first time in public the history of the Olympic Marathons from 1896 to 2000.

Over than 4000 exhibits that record the history of Marathon race from 1896 until today. A unique historical sporting collection which could not be found elsewhere than in the birthplace of Marathon road race.

The exhibition is divided into two major sections. In the first building, the history of the Olympic Marathon Race is presented through the collection of rare objects. In the second, the global movement of Marathon race, is recorded in individual thematic sections, dedicated to the Marathon Races held in every corner in the planet, to Olympic Champions, to the presence of women in Marathon races, as well as to the equipment of Marathon athletes.

Among the precious exhibits are the authentic medal of the first winner of the Olympic Marathon road race Spyros Louis, a copy of the cup that he was awarded at the Panathenaic Stadium ( Kallimarmaro) in 1896 and some of his personal belongings.

Medals, athletic and personal belongings of Harilaos Vasilakos. The winner of the first Marathon in history on the “Marathon to Athens course” in March 10 1896 and the second winner in 1896 Olympic Marathon.

Cups, medals and numerous relics of the legendary Marathon road race athlete and outstanding patriot Stelios kyriakides, the winner of the Boston International Marathon in 1946 are also exhibited.

The visitor can also view various artifacts from the life and achievements of Grigoris Lambrakis, Member of Greek Parliament, Balkan Games medalist and pacifist. One of the most notable exhibits is the famous flag with the emblem of peace from the peace march of 1963.

There are also athletic exhibits of the great Japanese women Marathoners, Naoko Takahashi, gold medalist Sydney 2000, Mizuki Noguchi, gold medalist Athens 2004, Yuko Arimori, silver medalist Barcelona 1992 and bronze medalist Atlanta 1996.Also exhibits of the Swiss Champion Marathoner Franzisca Rochat Mozer.

The Museum comprises a rich collection of treasured medals, cups and a variety of exhibits from all the great Greek Marathon Champions, men and women.