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Alonissos Multi-Terrain Marathon 2009

The Fifth Alonissos Multi-Terrain Marathon was held on Saturday 5th September and consisted of 10.9km, 23km and 42km running events with 10km and 20km walking events.  This year's event was somewhat different to previous years in that the marathon was organised by the Council (Dimos) and not HellasSport.  The weather on the morning was hot but not as hot as the last time we were down for a marathon in June 2007.  There were around 70 people who started the various events and a lot of planning and organisation had gone into the event with signs going up around the island a lot early than with most other island events.

The start and finish line is a huge plastic inflatable structure which is blown up (with air not dynamite) and then hoisted up and secured in place with guy ropes.  After official announcements around 9am the competitors started to get ready for the off and around 9.10am the runners started off with those talking part in the walking events following on behind them.  After about 45 minutes the male runner in the 10.9km event finished followed around 10 minutes later by the first female runner.  Our friend Don Phillips ran the 10.9km event and came home 6th in about 62 minutes.  Here you can see Don just about to cross the finishing line.

In the evening there was an awards ceremony on the harbour front that started around 8pm and you can see the awards table and winners podium.  There was also a buffet table (with attendent cat) organised by Katina from the Ikion Cafe Bar in Steni Vala.  After the awards ceremony was over the Aloni Band played on the harbour front while the crowd drank and ate in the local restaurants and bars and then rock and rolled the night away.


Signs Advertising the Marathon

Plastic Inflatable Start/Finish Line

Preparing for the Off

Start of the 2009 Marathon

First Male Runner Back

First Female Runner Back

Our Friend Don Crossing the Finishing Line

Awards Table and Winners Podium

Buffet Table (with Attendent Cat)
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