FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE— The Consulate of Greece in Boston and the Alpha Omega Council of Boston announce the thirtieth anniversary presentation of traditional olive wreaths from Greece to be presented to the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) to crown the winners of the 119thBoston Marathon. The event will take place April 16th at 6:00 PM at the Great Hall of the State House.”This evening celebrates the long-standing relationship between the BAA and the people of Greece and we’re thrilled to be a part of this great tradition,” said Alpha Omega’s President John Anton.

Consul General Ifigenia Kanara, who will present the wreaths to the officers of the BAA,says “this is a wonderful event that helps remind everyone of the Marathon’s Greek origins.” Each year the wreaths are grown, cut and hand-crafted specifically to crown the four 1st place winners of the Boston Marathon, channeling Classical Greece’s tradition of crowning its victors with olive wreaths.

This year’s event will include recognition of essay competition winners from middle school students from Hopkinton, MA, where the Boston Marathon starts, and from Boston, where the Marathon ends. The essays address links between the ancient Battle of Marathon, democracy, and the marathon run today. Consul General Kanara will present each of these students with a marble olive wreath trophy and a certificate from the Mayor of Marathon, Greece.

The Marathon Wreath Ceremony was established in 1984 jointly by Greek Consul General Christos Panagopoulos (currently Greek Ambassador to the U.S.), Governor Michael S. Dukakis, Lieutenant Governor John Kerry, Mayor of Boston Raymond Flynn, Marathon Race Director Tim Kilduff, and the Alpha Omega Council in recognition of the historical ties between the world’s first democracy in Ancient Athens and the birth of democracy and the striving for freedom and human dignity that rang out of Boston to start the American Revolution and continues to this very day.

Legislative sponsors of the event include President of the Senate Stanley Rosenberg, Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo, Senate Majority Leader Bruce E. Tarr, SenateWays and Means Chair Karen Spilka, and Representative Carolyn Dykema.

For more information please contact the Greek Consulate, 86 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108, 617-523-0100,
email: or Peter Lemonias of the Alpha Omega Council, 617-571-6315, email:

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