About Spartanion

24 Hours Race

The Spartanion was established in order to achieve the criteria for participation in the Spartathlon – the difficult and the longest point to point road race ​in the world, where runners need to pass 246 kilometers in no more than 36 hours. Since there are few races in Israel that can give Spartathlon criteria, and runners had to go abroad in order to achieve the Spartathlon criterion, we decided to pick up the gauntlet and set up a flat, fast, circular race, comfortable under optimal conditions in which anyone who wants to start the journey to Sparta can make the first step in Israel.

The race is equally open and inviting to all runners who want to test their ability and run fast and long distances. Even if they do not consider the criterion for Spartathlon.

 According to the rules of the Spartathlon, a “standard” criterion gives an entry ticket to the participation lottery in the Spartathlon, while a definitive criterion provides a direct entry, without a lottery. A criterion is valid for three years including the year of achievement of the criterion.

Registration for the Spartathlon opens in January and closes in the second half of February each year. Therefore, the Spartanion date was set for January.

Thus, anyone who has achieved a criterion here in Spartanion, regular or definitive, can use it in three Spartathlons, including the Spartathlon  that will be held the year the criterion is achieved.

The Spartanion race is held on Thursday to allow the Sabbath-keepers to participate in each heat, including the 24 hours, without Sabbath desecration.

The Spartanion race will take place six days after the Tiberias Marathon, in order to enable those interested, to participate in the Tiberias marathon.

Spartanion has three heats:

24-hour

100 Miles

100 km

Thanks to its convenient, smooth without potholes running course, it is possible to achieve the best times in the long distances in Israel.

In pursuit of professionalism, quality and accuracy, the route will be measured by a certified AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) measurer.

 So it is to ensures that the result that all runners will achieve will have the accuracy of world championships.

 We are still waiting for final (administration) approval for the course that is in the central region of Israel. Upon receipt of the final approval and after the measurement of the course by a certified AIMS measurer, an update will be posted on the site and Facebook page of the Spartanion.

The course circular route is 1.5 kilometers long.

My personal note:

I’m sometimes asked, “What’s so attractive about Spartathlon?

Well, in order for you to have time to practice, I will not unfold here my entire answer, but with your permission I will present a little of the “Torah on one leg” (muscular) under the heading: Gravity.

The terms from the metaphysical worlds in this context are quite a few: frequencies, magnetic fields, and other spiritual concepts, but as a young man who was captured in the arms of rationality, as if there were none other than it. It is clear to me today, from the point of view of the current station in my challenging life journey, that gravity is the motivation of a spiritual journey of every one of us toward the destination that is unknown. That is to say, gravity is not limited to the laws of physics or relativity, nor is it achieved by Newton or Einstein, who were my youth superheroes.

In the long and arduous journey of endless experiences that challenged every cell in my body, and also the being and the spirit of life against my will, I discovered my spiritual appeal, continued mental extremes, extreme physiological challenges as a means of connecting with the self. And all this would not have come to the brink of my awareness, had it not been for that day that I had met the Spartathlon, just by accident, and he had simply captured my heart, as if I had met the love of my life, or the spiritual father himself.

I found out that the hardship of Spartathlon  is my comfort zone, a paradise was the road opens at my feet hovering between Athens and Sparta, although here I am able to accept the statement that “for me it is heaven, and for another – hell.” Friends are impressed that I am imbued with an inexplicable sense of mission to recruit an Israeli “army of runners” to Spartathlon. Well, I admit, this gravity is inexplicable: Is it the Israeli pride that our flag will fly at the end of this journey and “put Israel on the map”? Is it the task to challenge the limit that connects me to myself?

Or is this the high mental experience at the end of the path that excites you with a wealth of insights, like the candies that are thrown by women in “bar mitzvahs”, or the water from the AVERTUS River that spartan girls let you drink at the end of the Spartathlon. Insights that evolve and develop from Athens to Sparta and continue to improve and permeate and develop the personality towards next year in Sparta. Perhaps this is Spartanism as a way of life that has already fascinated me in elementary school history lessons? For addicts like us, no answers are required.

 

The story behind the Spartathlon, the meetings with the group of “crazy people” from dozens of countries, close and far away, that I would not meet in the circumstances of a more formative journey of formation – is an experience that is difficult to describe in words, no matter what language you speak and where you came to this ecstatic experience.

Sometimes I take a moment, cut myself off from the event and conclude with one word … Wow!

And like any person who encounters something good, who wants to share the experience with others so that they too will feel good. So I found myself an honest advocate of the Spartathlon.

 

After canceling two races that could made it possible to achieve the criterion for Spartathlon, I decided to initiate a race to allow to achieve a criterion for Spartathlon, hence his name: Spartanion, a combination of Spartathlon and Criterion.

Another issue that I have in mind at the Spartanion initiative is the fact that the Spartathlon event always takes place at the end of the last week of September, and in fact without realizing it, the Sabbath-keepers do not participate in it. Therefore, it is not by chance that the Spartanion takes place on Thursday and ends on Friday morning. It was important to me that the Sabbath-keepers could participate in Spartanion, without fear of desecration of the Sabbath, and in the hope that something of the Spartathlon’s atmosphere, class and frequency would resonate with the experience of the Spartanion.

We, Dganit MAKA-KRAUZ, without her nothing of the Spartanion would have taken shape, and I – more than invite you to take part in Spartanion. We will be happy to see you, as participants, as supporters or as volunteers, in the spirit of the Spartathlon. There is room for everyone, and as my late grandmother Batya HONIGMAN, who was the shortest person I know and the highest person I have ever known, used to say:

“If there’s place in the heart – there’s place in the house!”

Good training 
See you soon in Spartanion

yours & for you

Gilad KRAUZ

SPARTANION – A Race of Runners, by Runners for Runners 

Gilad KRAUZ, SPARTATHLON 2018| Photo: Dganit MAKA-KRAUZ