The Nemean Games
Saturday 11th June
The Ancient Stadium of Nemea
Hashers attending: Mad Dog, Doggie Style, Thunder Thighs
Mad Dog in Nemean Games promotional video
made by TV crew using a drone with an HD video camera
and filmed before the first race of the day
And the end section of
L-to-R: Thunder Thighs, Mad Dog, Doggie Style
Mad Dog's race
Since many runners from groups #1, #2 & #3 did not not present themselves
(including, not suprisingly Hamish - see group #1) the three groups were combined into one and ran first.
It's 7.00 am in the morning and the members of the first runners groups line up to wait for their name be called.
(We had to set off from N.Athens at 05.30 am to arrive in time)
Dr. Stephen Miller dressed as a slave (doulos) called out the names of the runners group by group
We enter the tent (apodyterion) and are given a bag for our clothes and a white tunic to wear
As the runners run in bare feet, footbaths are provided to wash feet after the race
Our herald (keryx) gives us instructions
Unfortunately it had rained heavily in the night and there would be a delay
until the sun rises and dried the clay stadium floor.
So time for some snaps (and as it turned out, for the TV video)
The runners are called to the exit to the tunnel by the salpinktes trumpet
The 12 runner's names are called out one by one by a keryx ...
and they have to then run out into the stadium where they are cheered by the spectators
Waiting at the tunnel exit or krypte esodos
Mad Dog is last to be called...
And picks the last marble lot (kleros) which by chance is for lane-1 (the letter Alpha )
Mad Dog in lane Alpha
Arms are held extended as in olden times so a runner could not hold back another runner.
Toes for both feet must be hooked into the grooves in the stone to ensure all start equally.
Mad Dog wins his race and leads the runners back to the apodyterion through the tunnel
In the apodyterion the runners exchange their tunics for a participants t-shirt
Thunder Thigh's race
A female herald (keryx) calls out Thunder Thighs nerd name
Thunder Thighs emerges from the tunnel
She selects her marble lot (kleros) from the bronze helmet
The judge (hellanodikes) tells TT where to place her feet
Drone overhead taking video
The starter (aphetes) in a white himation prepares to release the hysplex (runner's barrier)
Not a bad performance from TT
Evening closing ceremony & winner's awards
Mad Dog with two proud student winners from the
Olympic College in Olympia
From Shri Lanka (L) and The Gambia (R)
Spectators gather for the ceremony
The winners are gathered and lined up
The ceremony begins in the presence of Greek ministers, ambassadors from a number of countries, and other officials
(Note: The opening ceremony on Friday was attended by the President of Greece)
The wild celery on the crown has wilted in the heat as has the palm branch
============= OTHER ACTIVITIES OF THE DAY ===============
Morning coffee at the cafe / snack bar opposite the stadium
Mad Dog with one of the oldest competitors
Before lunch visit to the Archaeological site of Ancient Nemea
and the Temple of Zeus
The entablature blocks on top of the temple columns don't appear particularly large...
until you look more closely...
And when seen at ground level the entablature blocks are massive.
How did the ancients lift them up on top of the columns and why go to the cost and effort of putting two levels?
Lunch at small the souvlaki taverna in the village
After lunch visit to the Palivou winery in Ancient Nemea
We gate crash a group wine tasting session...
Which one to choose?
10 euros/bottle from the winery, but excellent wine
Runner's participation pin
Paper clothes bag for participants
Miscellaneous images from the games
Rolling the clay surface after heavy rains at night
A beer please?
The choir enter the stadium through the tunnel
- From news site ekathimerini.com -
Hash Trash directions to Ancient Nemea
By private car takes about 1 1/2 hours from the center of Athens and follows the National Highway to Corinth (toll ?3.10). Just past Corinth the highway splits: take the left fork goes toward Tripolis (toll ?2.40). The second interchange after the toll booth is for Ancient Nemea, and there are signs thereafter for the stadium, archaeological site and museum.