Road Cycling Races

Olympus Duathlon

Olympus Duathlon

Race Notice

On Sunday, October 21 , 2018, Cycling Hellas, Cycling Sports Club PINEIOS, and the municipality Dion  Olympus - Leptokarya Municipal District co – organize the multisport event  with the denomination  «1st Olympus Duathlon-  Cycle & ride with the Gods».  It is a cycling & trail running  duathlon event, starts from sea altitude (God Poseidon – the God of the sea) and finishes at a very high altitude on Olympus mountain (close to God Zeus- the father of the twelve Olympian Gods). Mythical mountain Olympus is the most well-known mountain around the world with its great mythology of 12 Gods!

The aim of the event is twofold. On the first place is to give prominence to the aesthetic beauty of Mythical  Mountain , promoting the local history, culture and products and secondly to give boost to the cycling & running culture.


Date: Sunday, October 21, 2018

Place: Leptokaria Pierias

Race: Duathlon (cycling- trail running)

Mount Olympus

Mount Olympus

Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece, the second highest mountain range of Balkans, the holy mountain, a landmark of Greek Mythology, the residence of the twelve Gods of Antiquity, a National Forest since 1938, but also universal monument of culture.

It overlooks imposing and sumptuous in Central Greece with a range of high summits, sluices and sills, canyons and plateaus, alpine grasslands, bushy forests, deep caves and imposing rocks. It is a unique ecosystem of rare biodiversity that hosts more than 1.500 species of plants, tens (decades) of wild animal species, as well as rare birds.

Mytikas (2.917 m.) and Stefani or throne of Zeus (2.909 m.) are its cloud covered summits. Here, within dense clouds, the “Twelve Gods of Olympus” lived according to the religion of ancient Greeks. The Pantheon (called today Μytikas), is their meeting point, a theater of their turbulent discussions. The throne of Zeus (called today Stefani), exclusively hosts to the king of gods, Zeus. From there he launches his bolts showing this way his divine anger.

The mountain of Gods with its impressive height, its mythical appeal and the easy accessibility, constitutes an attraction for thousands of visitors from any corner of the world. Roads and paths cross the massif with the European Path E4 being the most important one, moving westwards from Litochoro to the peaks, through the Enipeas gorge.

The charm of Olympus is so imposing that leads you to discover in yourself the soul of a legendary conqueror!

The organized refuges host thousands of visitors:

  • Refuge “Spilios Agapitos”
  • Refuge S.E.O. “Yossos Apostolidis”
  • Refuge “Christos Kakkalos”
  • Refuge Petrostrouga
  • Refuge “Vrysopoules” or “K.E.O.A.H.”
  • Refuge in the area “Koromilies” of Leptokarya
  • Refuge in the area “Krevatia” of Vrontou
  • Refuge “Stavros” or “Dimitrios Mpountolas”
  • Refuge in the area “Koromilia” of Dion


  • Refuge “Ano Pigadi”
  • Refuge “Kostas Migotsidis”
  • Refuge “Agios Antonios”
  • Refuge “I Kalyva tou Christaki”
  • Refuge “Livadaki”
  • Emergency refuge “Salatoura”


The twelve gods live in the gorges, in the “folds of Olympus” as Homer calls them - where their palaces are located. The Pantheon (called today Μytikas), is their meeting point, a theater of their turbulent discussions. The throne of Zeus (called today Stefani), exclusively hosts to the king of gods, Zeus. The Dodecatheon is completed by Hera, Hestia, Demeter, Poseidon, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, Ares, Aphrodite and Hephaestus.

On the eastern slopes of Olympus, in Pieria, the mythological traditions placed the nine Muses, protectors of Fine Arts, daughters of Zeus and the titan Mnemosyne: Clio, Euterpe, Thalia, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Erato, Polyhymnia, Urania, and Calliope.





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