Mountain or trail running is a sport which consists of running and hiking over trails. It differs from road running and track running in that it generally takes place on hiking trails, often in mountainous terrain, where there can be much larger ascents and descents.
Trail-running is a pedestrian race open to all, in a natural environment (mountain, desert, forest, plain…) with minimal possible paved or asphalt road (which should not exceed 20% of the total course). The terrain can vary (dirt road, forest trail, single track…) and the route must be properly marked. The race is ideally – but not necessarily – in self-sufficiency or semi self-sufficiency and is held in the respect for sporting ethics, loyalty, solidarity and the environment.
Classification of Trail running races
- Under 42 km: Trail
- Above 42 km: Trail Ultra Medium (M): 42 km to 69 km
- Trail Ultra Long (L): 70 km to 99 km
- Trail Ultra XLong (XL): 100 km and more
The Mountain Of The Gods
Mt. Olympus is officially known from Greek mythology as the home of the Twelve Gods. The shape created by the rain and wind, which helped elevate a secluded chateau in 2918m (Mytikas). Counts many peaks and an almost circular shape. It is undoubtedly the most popular mountain in Greece. The impressive height, the mythical charm and easy accessibility make it an attraction for thousands of visitors from every corner of the world. Roads and trails crossing the mountain gives the opportunity to the hikers and visitors to get to know closely varieties of flora and fauna but also its natural beauty.
Uncounted known and unknown trails awaits the runners for racing or training. Mountainous routes of high and dense vegetation in contrary of the alpine zone creates the right environment for everyone and all age to try overcome himself. The official marathon of Olympus and the Faethon races are the most popular in the area. Of course there is still space for the new, on the relative unknown lower Olympus forests. You can train with us or participate on the new series of forest racing.