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2ND 5KM ROAD RACE DURING THE 2015 ATHENS MARATHON

Following the quite impressive respond of the Greek running community to the call of SEGAS for the 5km & 10km Road Races of this year’s Athens Marathon event (to  be held on 08 November 2015), which resulted in the conclusion of the INDIVIDUAL registrations in just two days, SEGAS, wishing to satisfy the request for one more opportunity in order to participate as individual in the largest mass and sport event of THE county, announces today the staging of a second 5km Road Race within the framework of the “2015 Athens Marathon, the Authentic”.

This second 5km Road Race is a creative and original initiative of SEGAS, so that the INDIVIDUAL participation in the popular 5km Road Race is enlarged. The new 5km Road Race will be held on the same course as the morning 5km Road Race, but it will be held in the afternoon of 08 November 2015 and more specifically from 16.00 to 17.30.

The INDIVIDUAL participation limit for the “5km Road Race – Afternoon” has been set at 4,000 runners and it is anticipated to be met quite soon. It should be noted that, as an exception in the individual participation rule in the “5km Road Race – Afternoon”, only school teams that have been registered or will register in the event will run the “5km Road Race – Afternoon”.

Registrations for the “5km Road Race – Afternoon” will open on Tuesday 28 July noon. The cost of the registration fee for the “5km Road Race – Afternoon” is the same as the registration fee for the morning 5km Road Race, while the same level of services will be provided to all runners of both races. At this point, we would like to make clear to all those interested in registering for the “5km Road Race – Afternoon” that there is no possibility at all of transferring their registration over to the morning race.

We are confident that the Greek runners will embrace this new race with the same passion that they have shown for the rest of the Athens Marathon event races, and on the ground, we invite all those that would like to participate to immediately register for the “5km Road Race – Afternoon”, as we are sure that registration for the “5km Road Race – Afternoon” will also close within a few days after opening.

 

2015 “ATHENS MARATHON. THE AUTHENTIC”

The Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS) will all respect towards the thousands of runners from all over the world who have shown confidence to its credibility and the provided level of services that characterize all of its events, as well as with sense of responsibility towards this major international, sport, as well as cultural event of Greece, wishes to make clear to everyone that the 2015 “ATHENS MARATHON. THE AUTHENTIC” will be held in all cases, as already scheduled on Sunday 08 November 2015.

Taking under consideration the significant increase of registrations so far, It is our strong belief that the number of participants in this year’s Marathon Race will be higher than ever before. We feel the need to point out the moving interest shown by runners around the world, who not only keep confirming their intention to be in Athens and participate in this year’s event, but are continuously expressing their support to Greece. The thousands of runners from abroad, who have already registered or keep registering the last days, state that now they have one more reason to be in Athens in November; their eager to prove their support and confidence towards a country that has been suffering an unprecedented crisis. The message we received from a runner saying “If this is a little bit of a contribution to help the people and nation of Hellas in a time of European turmoil, I will be very happy to be there” is typical of the way the entire running community feels.

SEGAS is committing that all possible efforts will be made so we organize and present a perfect, at all aspects, event, without any discount as to the level of services and competition standards, highlighting the values and ideals not only of world sport, but those of the willingness and “soul” of Greek people.

 

REGISTRATIONS FOR THE 5km & 10km ROAD RACES CLOSED

Just 48 hours after the opening of registrations for the 5km & 10km Road Races of the 2015 ATHENS MARATHON event, registrations closed as the maximum participation limit was met. This is something amazing for the sport community in Greece and the Greek society. Within two days, more than 3,800 individual runners visited the ATHENS MARATHON website and submitted their registration for the 5km & 10km Road Races of the event.

SEGAS and the Athens Marathon Organizing Committee would like to sincerely thank the runners and the Greek citizens that responded to its invitation and hurried to register for the unique 2015 Athens Marathon event. In case of any cancellations and new entries becoming available, SEGAS will announce the relevant availability at a later stage.

It should be noted that this huge interest on behalf of the Greek and international running community is not restricted in the 5km & 10km Road Races but it is more than evident in the main race of the event, the Marathon Race of 42,195m, for which more than 6,000 entries are already given away within three weeks after registrations’ opening. This number stands to an increase of more than 300% related to the same time last year. The interest shown by runners from abroad is more than impressive, as more than 2,000 runners from abroad have already registered for the Marathon Race.

More than 40,000 runners will participate in the 2015 Athens Marathon event. This is not just a participation record but the ultimate participation limit. SEGAS, supported by several public organizations and its sponsors, keeps leading the Athens Marathon to a significant place among the top Marathon Races of the world not only with regard to the level of services offered but with regard to the number of participants as well.

On this occasion, SEGAS would like to remind to all runners that registrations for the Athens Half Marathon to be held on 03 May 2015 are still in

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