«Following in the footsteps of Deucalion», a mountain race on mount Parnassus.

On December 3rd the 6th mountain race «on the footsteps of Deucalion» will be held.  The race is a non profit athletic event aiming towards combining sports with entertainment and local history as well as taking in the beautiful scenery of mount Parnassus.

Following in the footsteps of Deucalion - Deucalion Race, December 3, 2017 - thedelphiguide.com
Deucalion Race, Decmber 3, 2017

Named after the Greek mythological figure Deucalion, who, according to the myth, along with his wife Pyrrha, on account of their piety, were the only mortals saved after the gods resolved to destroying all mankind by means of a flood. By the command of his father Prometheus, Deucalion built a ship, in which he and his wife took refuge during the nine days deluge. When the waters abated the ship rested on Mount Parnassus.

Deucalion and his wife consulted the oracle of Themis as to how the human race might be reinstated.The answer was, that they were to «/cover their heads, and throw the bones of their mother behind them/». For some time they were perplexed as to the meaning of the oracular command, but at length both agreed that by the bones of their mother the oracle meant the stones of the earth. They accordingly picked stones from the mountain side and cast them over their shoulders. From those thrown by Deucalion sprang men, and from those thrown by Pyrrha, women.

Following in the footsteps of Deucalion - Deucalion and Pyrrha, by Rubens - thedelphiguide.com
Deucalion and Pyrrha, by Rubens, 1636, oil on panel. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, Spain.

Mount Parnassus is a remarkable place which held a great appeal not only to the myths but also to the writers in Ancient Greece. The route towards the Korikion Andron cave is described as one of the most enthralling hikes worldwide.

Following in the footsteps of Deucalion - The view to the southwest from the south slopes of mount Parnassus - thedelphiguide.com
The view to the southwest from the south slopes of mount Parnassus.

the race

The race has two routes so that athletes can choose which track suits them best according to their capabilities. The longest track is 25 kilometers with an altitude change of 1200m. and the smaller track has a length of 10 km and an altitude change of 550m. Both tracks alternate between mountain paths and dirt roads while there are no dangerous sections.

A great part of the race track follows the international path E4 while the first 2 km cross a pine forest. The maximum altitude at which the race attains is 1600 meters. At this point the athletes will be surrounded by the summits of mount Parnassus, Liakoura, Gerodovrachos and Paliovouna, Livadi, a plateau of mount Parnassus, the sumits of mountains Kirfi and Elikonas, the sea of the Corinthian gulf and the mountains of Peloponese. A majestic scenery that certainly will enthrall you.

Following in the footsteps of Deucalion -Deucalion Race, view of Livadi - thedelphiguide.com
Mount Parnassus – Deucalion Race, view of Livadi.

Participants must be over the age of 18. The different categories are : 18 to 40 years old, 40 to 55 years old and 55+.. The winners of each category will receive a trophy , a medal and a certificate will be issued for all the athletes that will cross the end point of the race.

For more information and registration please visit the Deucalion Race webpage.


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