BOSTON, MA—The Consulate General of Greece in conjunction with Alpha Omega Council, will host the traditional
transfer of the wreaths from the site of ancient Marathon, Greece to Boston
Marathon officials on Thursday evening, April 17th, 2014, 4:30 pm
at the Massachusetts State House, Great Hall. The ceremony, now in its 31st year, marks a long-standing relationship between the people of Greece and the BAA.
"The 36,000 runners who will be lining up for the 2014 Boston Marathon on April 21st, will be reminding us of the power and potential of the human spirit, said Christos Panagopoulos, Ambassador of Greece to the U.S. "They will be carrying on a tradition that evolved from ancient Greece to the streets of Boston."
Each year the ceremonial wreaths are grown, cut and hand-crafted channeling classical Greece's tradition of crowning victors with olive wreaths. The organizers of the first Boston Marathon in 1897 had an affinity for Greece's original marathon in 490 BC, when Pheidippides ran the 26 miles from Marathon to Athens to announce that the Greeks had defeated the Persian army.
This year's ceremony will be emceed by WBZ-TV News Anchor Lisa Hughes, and attended by the President of Massachusetts Senate,
the Speaker of Massachusetts House of Representatives, Boston Marathon officials, along with community leaders and members of the Greek-American community. Consul General of Greece Ifigenia Kanara will represent Greece.
Alpha Omega Councilis a non-profit, philanthropic organization rooted in the ideals of Hellenism, elevating Greek-American relations nationally and supporting charitable, scientific, literary and educational initiatives throughout New England.