2.500 year anniversary marathon

Heilbronn - Karlsruhe - Straßburg - Athen/Marathon

Main embassy

In view of the upcoming 2.500th anniversary of the myth of the marathon, the 2.200 km long ultramarathon from Heilbronn to Athens, via Karlsruhe and Strasbourg, will be representing the qualities stamina, dedication, insistence, energy, permanence and the own initiative. Only with these qualities will it be possible, to achieve long-term success in the categories sport, health and economy.

Approach for the main embassy

2.500 years ago (490 b.c.) the Greek won the battle against the Persians at the historical site of marathon. This victory wasn’t merely just a victory in battle, by winning in Marathon they defended their newly developed cultural, sporting and scientific achievements, thus making their later occidental sophisticated culture possible in the first place.
This was only possible due to the legendary marathon of the runner Pheidippides.
We recollect:  Only because of this courier from Marathon to Athens – the primal and only form of communication and knowledge transmission at that time, the lore of victory could be brought to Athens. Only the idea of the marathon made it possible, making the way for a complete victory which was a requirement for the later development of their occidental sophisticated culture.

2.500 years after the legendary first marathon with its important message, this anniversary-marathon will be the message itself.

Especially in this so-called civilized age the different health potentials found in a sensible exercised running sport should be emphasized.

We hope to achieve this by starting a second course parallel to the 2.200km long course by foot. The 2.200km long electronic knowledge-courier (e-kc) will start at the same time as the original run, via the most modern information- and communications techniques, supported and run by experts. Every scrap of information concerning health, sports and economy regarding running sports (stressing endurance sports) will be permanently collected, generated and evaluated.

This generated, updated and processed knowledge, acquired by the e-kc , will cross the finishing line in Athens at the exact same time as our runner, who will then have covered the whole 2.200km long marathon distance from Heilbronn to Athens.


After Athens


Running Sports - Healing Process - Technical Energy Efficiency


Press articles national and international

22.10.2010: Griechenland.net "Läufer Mennel nach über 2.200 Kilometern in Marathon eingetroffen"

21.10.2010: ZEIT "Gar nichts tut weh"

21.10.2010: Frankfurter Rundschau "Extremläufer in Athen angekommen"

21.10.2010: Hamburger Abendblatt "Dieser Deutsche lief 2200 Kilometer nach Athen"

26.9.2010: Neue Züricher Zeitung "Marathonmann im Regen"

26.9.2010: Informationsdienst Wissenschaft "'e-Wissensstafette' gestartet: Hochschule Heilbronn mit sechs Projekten beteiligt"

21.7.2010: Washington Post "German plans 2,200 km run to celebrate Marathon"

21.7.2010: Reuters "German plans 2,200 km run to celebrate Marathon"

9.7.2010: ZEIT "Besser als ein Pferd"

Press articles regional

26.10.2010: Heilbronner Stimme "Jürgen Mennel ist wieder da"

21.10.2010: Heilbronner Stimme "Jürgen Mennel erreicht nach 2200 Kilometern Athen"

14.10.2010: Heilbronner Stimme "Jürgen Mennel ist nach 2100 Kilometer fast im Ziel"

12.10.2010: Heilbronner Stimme "Athenlauf: Jürgen Mennel hat schon 1850 Kilometer hinter sich"

4.10.2010: Heilbronner Stimme "Extremläufer Mennel im Plan"

27.9.2010: Heilbronner Stimme "Extremläufer Mennel liegt gut in der Zeit"

20.9.2010: SWR "Soweit der Wille trägt - Ein Schwabe läuft nach Athen"

18.9.2010: Heilbronner Stimme "Jürgen Mennel beginnt seinen Athenlauf"

14.9.2010: SWR "Er läuft und läuft und läuft ..."

25.8.2010: Die Wirtschaftsregion Heilbronn-Franken "Mit der Wissensstafette in 31 Tagen zu Fuß nach Athen"

30.7.2010: Heilbronner Stimme "Lauf dich schlau"

30.7.2010: Heilbronner Stimme "Obersulmer läuft 2200 Kilometer in 27 Tagen"

25.7.2010: Echo "Acht Mal um die Welt gelaufen" (Seite 8)


The Marathonman, a student's project of the bachelor course Medical Informatics (Heilbronn University and Heidelberg University)

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Version July 2010 by Konstantina Georgiadou