International Marathon of Rhodes
The Rhodes International Marathon has been held since 2014, having evolved into an institution. The race was inspired by the late George Zaras, a Greek-American expatriate from Rhodes. Together with Marietta Papavassiliou, President of the Organizing Committee and the American super-athlete and author Wayne Kurtz, he designed a marathon route that is now a benchmark for the global running community.
It is a coastal route next to the walls of the Medieval City with a view of the Aegean Sea, 42,195 meters next to the endless blue sea, a unique experience for every runner. A sporting event of global appeal, designed to make the most of the unique cultural and natural setting of the island of Rhodes.
Run next to the walls of the Medieval City
Every year, athletes from at least 50 countries have the opportunity to run a unique circular coastal route. The course is flat, with spectacular views of the Aegean Sea and runs along the coastline and walls of the Medieval City of Rhodes, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Our strength, our people
The warm atmosphere, created by all the participants, the organizers, the hundreds of volunteers, the public and the athletes, gives the Rhodes Marathon an intimate, personal touch. The medal, which represents the head of the god Apollo the Sun of Rhodes and the branded official T-shirt are the clue of the event.
In 2020, due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic and official restrictive measures to curb the spread of the disease, the race was cancelled. In 2021, due to the pandemic again, the Rhodes International Marathon was held digitally. More than 2400 runners from 44 different countries around the world took part in the 1ο Rhodes Virtual Marathon.
9th International Marathon of Rhodes, 21 April 2024
The 9th Rhodes International Marathon will take place on 21 April 2024.
In addition to the Marathon and Half Marathon, there are 5km and 10km races available providing more options for runners.
All races will start and finish in the city centre at Eleftherias Square, passing by the main attractions of Rhodes, on a car-free route.
Who are behind the Roads to Rhodes Marathon
The RHODES MARATHON Non-profit Company, the South Aegean Region, the Municipality of Rhodes, the local Athletics Federation EAS SEGAS DODEKANISOU co-organize the International Marathon of Rhodes, with the support of the Municipal Organization of Culture and Sports of Rhodes (D.O.P.A.R.) and the Rhodes Hotel Association.
The event is a non-profit organization aiming to support the athletic clubs of the Dodecanese and athletes training for major sporting events.