U. S.  Spartathlon   Team
www.spartathlon.us

U.S. Spartathlon Team

www.spartathlon.us

HISTORY

SPARTATHLON is an historic ultra-distance foot race that takes place in the last Friday of September every year in Greece. It is one of the most difficult and satisfying ultra-distance races in the world because of its unique history and background.


The Spartathlon revives the footsteps of Pheidippides, an ancient Athenian long distance runner, who in 490 BC, before the battle of Marathon, was sent to Sparta to seek help in the war between the Greeks and the Persians. According to the ancient Greek historian Herodotus, Pheidippides arrived in Sparta the day after his departure from Athens.


In 1983 the first official race was organized and in 1984 the International  Spartathlon Association was founded. Since then has continuously organized the race each September. The choice of this month is because that is the time reported by Herodotus for Pheidippides’ run to Sparta.

PARTICIPANTS

Such is the extreme nature of the challenge that it attracts intense interest in the world of ultra running. The racing field is 400 athletes, which together with supporters, means a dedicated audience of around a thousand people over two days of the race and several days before and after. The race is a major event along the route with many thousands of people coming out to support and cheer the runners on.


These highly trained athletes all have a regular interest in ultra distance running and other extreme sports. They have competed at the highest level for many years, showing a great deal of commitment to their sport.


The crowds following all 246kilometers/153miles of the race are one of its highlights, creating a very special atmosphere. This results in generating interest, not only in Greece but also around the world, with many television and film crews following the race. 




The U.S. Spartathlon Team logo brings together several symbolic elements using the Red, White, and Blue colors of the American Flag. It features the Spartan Helmet, the Statue of Liberty Crown formed of 7 Spikes representing the 7 continents, the Hermes Wing - Greek God protector of athletes/runners, and the Olive Wreath - the price received at the completion of the race.

                                                                                       Design by Raul Engle



History of American Athletes @ The Spartathlon 

When an athlete applies to participate at the Spartathlon under US nationality/passport he/she automatically becomes part of the U.S. Spartathlon Team at the moment when the athlete accepts the invitation from ISA.
Only athletes competing under a US Passport are officially part of the U.S. Spartathlon Team. While other American citizens/residents might run the race under a different passport, they are not part of the Team.




AMERICAN  SPARTATHLETES

2017
Philip McCarthy - 28:41:43 (2nd Finish)

Jared Fetterolf - 31:28:43 (1st Finish)
Marc Burget - 31:47:56 (1st Finish)
Don Reichelt - 31:47:56 (1st Finish)
Andrei Nana - 32:53:43 (5th Finish)
Dennis Gamroth - 33:25:02 (1st Finish)
Bob Jones - 34:21:28 (1st Finish)
Regina Sooey - 34:39:51 (1st Finish)

2016

Katalin Nagy - 25:23:52  (3rd Finish)

Pam Smith - 27:13:31  (1st Finish)

Bob Hearn - 27:33:08  (2nd Finish)

David Niblack - 27:42:13  (1st Finish)

Phil McCarthy - 30:52:04  (1st Finish)

Andrei Nana - 33:50:12  (4th Finish)


2015

Katalin Nagy - 25:07:12 (2nd Finish)

Alyson Venti - 26:50:51  (1st Finish)

Bob Hearn - 29:35:12  (1st Finish)

Ken Zemach - 30:58:54  (1st Finish)
Andrei Nana - 31:44:46  (3rd Finish)

Karl Schnaitter - 32:22:47  (1st Finish)
Lara Zoeller - 34:06:14  (1st Finish)
Connie Gardner - 35:10:03  (1st Finish)
Eduardo Enrique Aguilar - 35:40:19  (2nd Finish)

2014
Katalin Nagy - 28:55:03  (1st Finish)
Robert Youngren - 31:46:50  (1st Finish)
Bryce Carlson - 32:30:38  (1st Finish)
David Krupski - 32:43:51  (1st Finish)
Maggie Beach - 33:25:41  (1st Finish)
Andrei Nana - 33:57:58  (2nd Finish)
Dean Karnazes - 34:45:27  (1st Finish)
Eduardo Enrique Aguilar - 34:59:08  (1st Finish)

2013
Blake Benke - 28:29:34  (1st Finish)
Andrei Nana - 30:52:19  (1st Finish)
Brenda Carawan - 34:18:58  (1st Finish)

2012
Gregg Geerdes - 29:38:10  (1st Finish)
Oz Pearlman - 33:22:19  (1st Finish)
Michael Arnstein - 33:22:33  (1st Finish)

2010
Kathy Youngren - 33:35:06  (1st Finish)

2009
Lisa Stranc-Bliss - 32:23:26  (1st Finish)

2008
Scott Jurek - 22:20:01  (3rd Finish)
Stacey Bunton - 31:25:59  (1st Finish)

2007
Scott Jurek - 23:12:14  (2nd Finish)
Mark Godale - 30:31:57  (1st Finish)

2006
Scott Jurek - 22:52:18  (1st Finish)
Mary Larsson-Hanudel - 31:41:56  (10th Finish)
2005
Charles Donald Winkley - 35:40:03  (1st Finish)

2004
James Rudig - 34:37:51  (1st Finish)

2003
Steven Benjamin - 35:58:44  (3rd Finish)

2002
Stanley Hardesty - 34:51:26  (3rd Finish)

2001
Steven Benjamin - 35:19:57  (2nd Finish)

2000
Stefan Peterson - 27:27:25  (1st Finish)
Mary Larsson-Hanudel - 30:56:16  (9th Finish)
Robert Byrne - 32:09:34  (2nd Finish)

1998
Raymond Bell - 35:20:56  (1st Finish)

1997
Robert Byrne - 31:56:00  (1st Finish)
Steven Benjamin - 35:27:00  (1st Finish)

1996
Roy Pirrung - 28:02:00  (4th Finish)
Mary Larsson-Hanudel - 30:27:00  (8th Finish)
Stanley Hardesty - 35:30:00  (2nd Finish)

1994
Mary Larsson-Hanudel - 33:23:00  (7th Finish)

1993
Stanley Hardesty - 35:31:30  (1st Finish)

1992
Roy Pirrung - 27:56:32  (3rd Finish)
Mary Larsson-Hanudel - 31:46:45  (6th Finish)

1990
Roy Pirrung - 28:33:02  (2nd Finish)
Donald Choi - 34:45:46  (1st Finish)
Mary Larsson-Hanudel - 34:59:45  (5th Finish)

1989
Roy Pirrung - 27:08:45  (1st Finish)
Mary Larsson-Hanudel - 31:57:23  (4th Finish)

1988
Marvin Skagerberg - 33:32:48  (1st Finish)

1986

Mary Larsson-Hanudel - 33:47:00  (3rd Finish)
Raymond Krolewicz - 35:23:00  (3rd Finish)

1985

Raymond Krolewicz - 33:52:00  (2nd Finish)

Mary Larsson-Hanudel - 34:10:00  (2nd Finish)

Bruce Labelle - 34:10:00  (1st Finish)

1984
Raymond Krolewicz - 33:52:25  (1st Finish)
Mary Larsson-Hanudel - 34:15:10  (1st Finish)
Lorna Richey - 34:15:10  (1st Finish)
Marcy Schwam - 34:15:10  (1st Finish)

Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Starting Line

King Leonidas, Sparta, Greece

Finish Line

Course Profile - 153m

246 Kilometers / 153 miles

The Official 2014 Spartathlon Video

The Official 2013 Spartathlon Video