Since the beginning of the Houston-Athens Marathon Exchange, volunteers have sponsored an annual pastichio (or Greek pasta dinner) dinner on the Thursday night prior to the Chevron Houston Marathon. Funds from this dinner, which includes pastichio, Greek salad, baklava and a complimentary beverage, are used to defray the costs of sending runners from Houston to Athens.
The runners from Greece participating in the Chevron Houston Marathon, and any Houston winners of the trip to Greece in attendance, are introduced to an audience of local runners and members of the Greek-American community and other guests. This event has been attended in recent years by many of the international runners participating in the Houston Marathon, including several of the male and female runners who have won the marathon a few days later. Pastichio Power!!!
For more information about the dinner please contact: Anthony Kouzounis – 713.522.2300
Dennis Moustakis – 713.977.6143 or 832.978.3762 cell / Sophie Stenis – 713.686.2084
Hellenic Cultural Center of the SW - The Houston-Athens Marathon Exchange
Consulate of Greece
Pappas Restaurants, Inc.
The Houston-Athens Marathon Exchange (HAME), a non-profit group of volunteers, is the only program of its type in the United States.
Founded in 1988 by George Sarantopoulos, an avid runner who participated in the Athens and Houston marathons and several fellow Greek-Americans, the HAME was envisioned as an exchange program linking the ancient Greek running tradition with the modern international marathons to foster good will between two great nations.
The idea was so successful it was created with the full and support of Melina Mercblessingouri, Minister of Culture in Greece. The marathon organization has continued this unique exchange and is now in its 30th year.
In conjunction with the 2017 Chevron Marathon
The HCC-SW's Houston-Athens Marathon Exchange Will Award Two Prizes!
Round-Trip Tickets From Houston to Athens
Including six night’s accommodations & sightseeing
Entry into the 35th Athens Authentic Marathon
|Event Date||01-11-2018 7:00 pm CST|
|Event End Date||01-11-2018 9:00 pm CST|
|Cut off date||01-11-2018 3:00 pm CST|