The Nine Muses race is dedicated every year to one of the nine Muses. In 2018 the race was dedicated to Clio ,in 2019 the race was dedicated to Erato, protector of love poetry, the art of ancient dancing and dialectics, in 2021 the race is dedicate to Urania, protector of astronomy, In 2022 the race is dedicate to Kalliopi protector of heroic poetry , In 2023 the race is dedicte to Euterpe. So, this year’s medal will depict the honoured Muse, Euterpe.
making each year’s medal special and collectible. Runners who get to finish all nine races will be awarded when the first cycle of nine years comes to an end.
RUN WITH EUCHIDAS, PURIFY YOUR BODY AT THE SPRING OF CASTALIA, WEAR THE LAUREL WREATH AND ENTER THE TEMPLE OF APOLLO AS A WINNER.
All the very best with your preparations.
THE NINE MUSES RACE-EUTERPE AGIA ANNA -DELPHI 59 KM. SUNDAY 7 MAY 2023
EVENT TYPE: Ultra distance foot race.The entire route is on asphalt roads
RACE DATE: 7 May 2023
START – FINISH: The race will start at Agia Anna on Sunday 7 May 2023 at 02:00hrs(dawn) The finishing line is at Delphi
The race will close on Sunday morning 7 May 2023 at 11:00hrs.
TIME LIMITS: The race is having a limit of 9 hours.
All runners should be aware that all checkpoints (CPs) are also cut off points. Therefore, runners should reach the CPs in time. Failure to arrive in time will result in disqualification.
BIB NUMBERS: The BIB numbers and the timing chip will be handed on Saturday night, 6 May 2023 , to Sunday 7/5/2023 at the registration desk at Agia Anna from 23.30 until 01:30hrs.
It is required for all runners to have arranged and paid for the race fee in order to process their registration and issue a BIB number. All successful payments will result in the BIB numbers to appear in the participants’ list.
It is mandatory for all runners to have their BIB number visible at all times, or easily accessible to show at the CPs during the race.
Accompanied runners will receive an accreditation for their crew member(s) and their vehicle(s), together with their BIB number. It is prohibited for a runner to receive help from a non-accredited crew member. Crew members must display their accreditation at all times during the race.
Runners who wish to deliver their drop bags must do so at the organising committee until 01:30hrs. The drop bags must have the runner’s BIB number and the CP number clearly written on them.
No drop bags will be accepted after 01:30hrs due to the limited time available to forward them. CAUTION !!Drop bags will only be accepred for check points: Νο 15 Kyriaki, No 17 Lakka, No 19 Distomo, No 21 Zemeno, No 23 Arahova.
Runners will be monitored electronically throughout the CPs along the race route. A brief technical briefing will take place at the starting line as soon as all runners receive their BIB numbers. Crew members should also attend this meeting.
OUTSIDE HELP: Any outside help from non-accredited members away from the designated CPs is strictly prohibited. Any violation of this clause will result in disqualification. Supplies provision, sustenance, change of clothes, shoes etc. is to take place exclusively at the CPs.
TRANSPORTATION: A bus will be available for the transportation of all athletes on Saturday 6 May 2023. The bus will depart from Platia Karaiskaki in Athens, next to Hotel Crystal (The Stanley) with destination to Arvanitsa, at 21:00hrs. The same bus will return to Athens following the awards ceremony at Delphi.
CHECKPOINTS: There are nine (9) CPs along the route and four (4) water stations.
Runners will be monitored at all CPs where they will find water, isotonic drinks, fruit juice, biscuits, snacks etc. There will be a central CP where runners can find food (pasta, rice, boiled potatoes and soup) as well as coffee and tea depending on the time.
The central CP is located almost half-way through the route at the village of Distomo 31,5 klm.
Crew members must not parking and provide any help in CP 20, because we are on a highway and it is dangerous .They should go and wait for their athlete, directly at the next CP Zemeno.
At CP22 (water point) there is a tunnel . ATTENTION !! Athletes are not allowed to pass through the tunnel, but should follow the side road
The water stations are not manned, water is provided for runners only (not crew members). Crew members are not allowed to park at water stations, or provide any help to their supporting runners.
Almost all CPs will be equipped with minimal first aid supplies (pain killers, vaseline, gauzes, deep freeze spray, band aids, Betadine (antiseptic), cotton, etc.).
Finally, all runners and crew members should be aware of the race regulations and comply with them. Crew members in particular, should not provide any help between CPs, but wait for their runner(s) at the designated CPs. Crew members should refrain from parking between CPs. Noncompliance with the above will result in the runner’s disqualification.
AWARDS: All runners who will finish within the time limit will receive a memorial medal, where the head of Euterpe is depicted, together with a certificate of completion. The first three men and women will receive trophies in addition to the above.
All runners who will finish the race, and successfully completed last year’s race, will get to add their medal next to the one of Clio and Erato, Urania,and Kalliope . Those who plan to run the Nine Muses race for first time can simply start their collection from the medal of Urania as the cycle of Nine Muses is perpetual.
A certificate of participation will also be awarded to those who did not finish the race.
All runners will get a race t-shirt as well as gifts provided by the race sponsors.
The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday after the end of the race, and the ceremony of lighting of the Delphi fire ( See the race programme). We note here that the athletes must be present at the ceremony in order to receive their prizes, in accordance with the rules of the race. Organizers are not required to send prizes to athletes who did not attend the awards Immediately after the awards, a meal will be offered to the athletes. .
HEALTH & SAFETY: The race is supervised by the organising committee, judges and stewards throughout its length.
Two ambulances, as well as doctors and physiotherapists will follow the race.
A bus will be available to pick up any runners who wish to quit, or do not reach the CP before the cut off times.
The police will be aware of the race progress throughout the race length.
DISCLAIMER: The organiser bears no responsibility whatsoever for loss of life, injury, or any health issues likely to arise during, or after the race. Runners agree in their application that they are aware of the race difficulty and ensure that they are in good health and fit to participate.
A recent medical certificate, issued by a medical doctor, has to be provided up until the race start.
The organiser is not responsible for any property loss (garment, valuables or equipment). It is recommended that runners have insurance coverage during the event that will also cover their return to their home country in case of death, illness or injury.
GENERAL INFORMATION: The Nine Muses race is conducted as per the International Association of Ultrarunners (www.iau-ultramarathon.org). It is incumbent on all runners to respect the race rules and abide by the instructions and decisions of the judges, stewards and medical doctors. Noncompliance with the race rules will result in disqualification.
THE ORGANIZERS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE ANY CHANGES IF NECESSARY.