2010 was the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon, Greece, recognized as one of the most important battles in human history and the first defense of a new form of government called “Democracy’ that was being birthed in Athens Greece.

To celebrate this important occasion, the 26.2 Foundation orchestrated a visit of 100 marathoners from Marathon, Greece, the twin city of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Greek runners were hosted by families from Hopkinton, Ashland, Milford and Holliston.  Many personal relationships were formed during the 6-day visit.

Events included:

  • Girl Scouts hosted their annual Tea Ceremony held at the Massachusetts State House in Boston. Government officials in attendance included: Governor Deval Patrick, Senate President Dennis Murray, Senators Karen Spilka and Representative Carolyn Dykema all attended.


  • Academic programs were held at local grade schools in Hopkinton and Ashland
  • Reception and ceremony was held at the Greek Consult in Boston
  • Marathon morning reception 200 yards from start line