Runners who will have a Certificate of Vaccination against COVID 19 or have proof of recovery from COVID-19, up to 15 days before receiving their participation kit from the Registration Center, have the right to register and participate in the 2021 Athens Authentic Marathon event.

In order for someone to participate in the 10km Road Race, he/she should be at least 12 years old (born at least in 2009)

These Useful Instructions for participation in the 10km Road Race include rules and regulations that govern the staging of a Road Race Event as well as the health measures and procedures that shall be followed during, before or after the event and in the purpose of it. These Instructions shall be regularly reviewed in consultation with the appropriate medical scientific staff and partners of SEGAS, in accordance with the indications by the relevant Health Committee of Ministry of Sports and always based on the epidemiologic data at the time.    

The Organizing Committee of Athens Authentic Marathon (AMA), decided to hold the 10km Road Race on the afternoon of Saturday 13 November 2021. The Race will be held in two sections (A & B). The starting time will be at 17:00 'and 18:00'.

• 10km Road Race A: Start Time 17:00
• 10km Road Race B: Start Time 18:00

Both of these races are separate and the participants compete with the bib number they received for the race and in the registration center. The arbitrary change of race from that of the initial registration, results in the cancellation of the runner. In case of any desire to participate in both races, registration is required for both.

 


BEFORE THE RACE

Before leaving your residence, make sure you have with you the following:

• Bib number and safety pins (timing chip is embedded on the bib number),

• Kit plastic bag with the bib number's sticker to be stamped on.

 

TRANSPORTATION

The participating runners get to the start area of the race at their own risk. Participants are kindly requested to reach the start area using public transportation and avoid the car. It is noted that runners must arrive on Vas. Amalias Avenue (at the height of Bodossaki Foundation), in the direction towards Syntagma, at least 45 'before the start of the Race, ie:

• Runners participating in the 10km Road Race “A” : 16.15

• Runners participating in the 10km Road Race “B” : 17.15


Note that no kind of vehicle is allowed in the city centre of Athens and anywhere around the Panathenaic Stadium on Saturday 13 November 2021 from 14:00 to 20:00.

 

Before the Start

Arrival of participants at the starting area (Amalias Avenue, in front of Bodossaki Foundation)

• The arrival of the participants shall be from all METRO stations surrounding the starting area, following specific instructions and recommendations, from 16:00 to 17:30 the latest.

50% of the participants will be asked to arrive at the starting area from 16.30 to 16.45 using the Metro stations "Evangelismos" - "Panepistimio" - "Syntagma".

The second half of the participants will be asked to arrive at the starting area from 17.00 to 17.30 using the Metro stations "Syntagma" - "Monastiraki" - "Acropolis".


WARM UP AREA

Runners may warm up behind the start area on Vas. Amalias Avenue (near Adrianos Gate). Warm up is not allowed before the start line.

• It is recommended to all runners to wear a protective mask from their arrival on the race site until their start, ie until they take position on the special fixed position indications. There will be a large number of waste bins in appropriate places in the starting blocks to dispose of the protective masks.

• Runners may leave their clothing at the designated areas, having put it in advance in the plastic kit bags given to them by the Organizing Committee. The handover will take place in two different spots based on the time of arrival of the runners at the starting point and the starting block in which they have been assigned to. Specifically, runners who have an arrival time of:

16:00 to 16:30, shall leave their kit bags in the designated area next to Zappeion Megaron (towards Amalias Street).

17:00 to 17:30, shall leave their kit bags in the designated area at the exit of Zappeion Megaron to V. Olgas Avenue ("Fytorio"). This arrangement is intended to create dispersion at the entrance and exit of the Zappeion alley.

• It is recommended to runners who wish to warm up to do it individually (running, flexibility exercises, etc.) in the areas behind the start, to avoid running in groups and to avoid areas where there is crowding.

• Runners are advised not to have accompanying visitors/ spectators with them on their arrival and generally during their stay on the race grounds.

Start Area/ Starting Procedure

• The runners of each 10km Road Race (A & B) will be distributed in different blocks, each of which will have a dimension of 1,200sqm and will include about 500 people as a final participation limit. The line up of the blocks will be along Amalias Avenue and along Vas. Olgas Avenue.

• Each block will be about 100m long, in order to allow runners to follow the rule of social distancing of 1.5m between them, in a horizontal and vertical direction. It is noted that the width of each block is 12m.

• When the runners enter the 1-2 starting block, they will be placed - according to the rule of 1.5m social distancing - in specific rows of 9 people each. In the start block there will be a clear instruction for the (mandatory) waiting position of each runner.

• Runners will enter the area of ​​the safe place block, in which they have been placed according to the following schedule:

10km Road Race “A”: Until 16.45
10km Road Race “B”: Until 17.45

• The participants in each block and in each row are determined by name in advance from the timing system and carry a personalized timing chip on their bib number, so that they maintain their specific and certain placement in the starting block, and to ensure that their position in the block is checked, at the start, on the route (via the electronic control and timing points) and at the finish.

• Having previously maintained a mandatory waiting position for the start, the runners will start in certain order - maintaining the pre-existing distances between them in every direction. The runners will start in 5-6 rows (about 50 participants).

• It should be noted that the runners are allocated in the starting blocks (without the possibility of arbitrary change) based on their performance, thus ensuring a unified movement rate for those belonging to a specific starting block, resulting in the least possible runners overtaking throughout the race and the smallest possible crowding with other runners, in addition to those around.

• The distance from the end of the 1st, to the beginning of the 2nd starting block is set at 4-5m.

• The start time delay from block to block can extend up to 10 minutes. To the time required to evacuate the starting block is added

a) the time required to place the runners of the next block in the mandatory individual waiting position / stop for the next start and

b) an additional time of 3-4 minutes.

• For a distance of at least 200m - 300m (3,000 m2) after the start, there will be a flow indicator in order to indicate to the runners the path to follow and the distances that are recommended to be followed.


RACE START

A “Wave Start System” will be implemented. Eight (8) different wave starts are planned for each race (A&B) with a difference of a few minutes between them.

All participants are placed in starting blocks at the start area, according to their bib number and color. The block is written on the bib number.

Get to the starting blocks in time, based on the listed block and the color of your bib number 15 minutes before start.

Time

10km Road Race "A"

17:00

1st block: elite athletes and the best 450 finish times- Α1 block

17:02

2nd block –  Α2 block

17:05

3rd block –  Α3 block

17:08

4th block –  Α4 block

17:11

5th block –  Α5 block

17:14

6th block –  Α6 block

17:17

7th block –  Α7 block

17:20

8th block –  Α8 block

17:23

The last runner of Race “A” is passing the starting line

Time

10km Road Race “B”

18:00

 9th block  –  B1 block

18:02

10th block –  B2 block

18:05

11th block –  B3 block

18:08

12th block (entries without specified finish time) –  B4 block

18:11

13th block (entries without specified finish time) –  B5 block

18:14

14th block (entries without specified finish time) –  B6 block

18:17

15th block (entries without specified finish time) –  B7 block

18:20

16th block The rest of the runners–  B8 block

18:23

The last runner of Race “B” is passing the starting line


All participants are kindly requested to follow the rules of the Organizing Committee and pay attention to the instructions given to them by the event's volunteers.

The runners are placed in starting blocks based on their personal best finish time over the last four years (2018-2021), as stated on their entry form. Runners who have not stated their best finish time on their entry form are placed in one of the last two starting blocks.

Please note that any runner who starts from a different block than the indicated one, or tries to participate in a race different than the one he/she has registered for, will be automatically disqualified and, consequently, his/her results will not be recorded in the Final Results.

Participation without bib number is not allowed in any case. Athletes without bib number will be stopped before entering the Panathenaic Stadium. Furthermore, participation is forbidden to athletes with dogs, skates, skateboards, bicycles or other wheeled equipment.


DURING THE RACE

KILOMETER SIGNS

There are kilometer (km) indexes at every kilometer of the course.

TOILETS – WCs

WCs will be available at the Start and the Finish, as well as at the feed stations of the Race.

MEDICAL SERVICES

The Organizing Committee of AMA is responsible for providing medical services to the runners. The National Centre of Immediate Help provides medical services along the course as well as at the Start and Finish of the race. An ambulance will be following the last group of runners throughout the course. Medical Volunteers and Paramedics will be along the course to offer first aid and to inform accordingly the medical personnel responsible for the event.

FEED ZONES/ STATIONS

Bottled water will be offered to the runners at the Start and the Finish. Especially for the 10km Road Race there will be two more feed stations with bottled water at the 3.7km and 7.9km.

RECYCLING

In the context of implementing the environmental program of AMA 2021, the disposal of plastic bottles and glasses should be done in the paper and plastic bins after the water supply tables, in order to keep the path clean and to be promoted at the final recycling.

At the finish, the banana residues are disposed of in the bins with the relevant marking, separately from the rest of the recyclable waste in order to be forwarded for composting.


TIME LIMIT

•  The time limit for the completion of the 10km Road Race is 90 minutes ("net" time, from the start of a starting block to the crossing of the finish line). The 10km road race is completed at 19:55'.

• After 19.55 no participant will be allowed to enter Panathenaic Stadium and finish their race.

ATTENTION: Runners, who happen to continue their effort beyond the above time limit at any part of the course, need to be aware of the fact that they are running or walking at their own risk and that they will not be allowed to enter the Panathenaic Stadium in order to finish.

ELECTRONIC TIMING

All runners will receive a timing chip from the Registration Center at the Faliro Indoor Hall & Exhibition Centre, embedded on their bib number. These two indicate the athlete’s identity and starting block in the electronic system. By using the timing chip, runners will be registered in the official results list and will be informed about their split times. Split timing zones for the 10km Road Race are installed at the 5th kilometer.

Only the athletes who a) participate in accordance with the rules, b) are placed in the right starting block, c) have timing indications at the Start, the split timing zones and the Finish, and d) complete the race within the time limit will have their final time and time splits appearing in the Official Results and will get a participation certificate.


RULES AND FAIR PLAY

Observance of the rules and regulations set by the World Athletics (WA), the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and the Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS), is substantial for the safe and fair participation of all runners in this mass sport event. Fair play and noble competition characterize the Athens Marathon; therefore, mutual understanding and support among the participants are essential in promoting the Olympic and sports ideals. Everyone should respect his/her co-runners and try not to block their way and the flow of the race.

•  In case of non following the above rules, the event's judges as well as the Organizing Committee staff may exclude runners from the Final Results, evaluating electronic and audio visual material.

During the race it is recommended and supervised that the runners keep as long distances as possible and adapt to the following:

✓Running side by side is safe only when a distance of 2m is maintained between the runners.

✓Running in a stepped formation (one in front and the other rear right or left) is safe only when an imaginary lateral distance of 2m is observed between the runners.

✓Runners should not be allowed to run in groups with distances shorter than those listed above.

• Runners should wear a T-shirt, which in no case should they remove before, during or after the finish until the pick-up of their kit bag.

• Runners should run wearing their sports attire, which in no case should be removed before, during or after the finish until the collection of their clothing bag.

• The schedule of the race and the partial / consecutive start of the runners' blocks is done in such a way as to make the gathering of the runners completely manageable and controlled, both during the route and at the finish.


ACCESS TO THE RACE ROUTE – 5KM & 10KM ROAD RACE ATTENDANCE


All race routes will be free of vehicles. It is strictly prohibited for anyone (spectators, coaches, etc.) other than the runners to move on all race lanes, in any type of vehicle. Parallel street lanes will also be free of traffic and dedicated to the Organizing Committee accredited vehicles (ambulances, police vehicles, etc.). All spectators are kindly requested to use public transportation (Metro and buses outside the race routes), indicated in the maps.

Individuals accompanying athletes are not allowed to move on the lanes next to the race stream. No escorting of athletes in any kind of vehicle (bicycle, mot, etc) is allowed either on the runners' or the next lane.

The presence of accompanying persons in any of the race lanes or the lane next to the race stream, or disobeying to police orders, will directly lead to their expulsion from the race route and the disqualification of the athletes they escort.

 

AT THE FINISH AND AFTERWARDS

Participation without bib number is not permitted. Runners who do not have a bib number will not be allowed to enter Panathenaic Stadium. Furthermore, participation in the race and finish in the Panathenaic Stadium to runners with dogs, or on bicycles, skates or any other kind of wheeled means, is forbidden.

FINISHING THE RACE

All runners entering the finish area in the Panathenaic Stadium need to follow the route marked by cones and indicated by judges and volunteers. Runners who enter Panathenaic Stadium have to run the last 170m of the race inside the Stadium.

NOTE: The finish line is located on the left side of the Stadium.


POST RACE PROCEDURES & SERVICES

Runners who cross the finish line need to keep walking. If any of the participants needs medical assistance, medical staff will be at the Finish to offer first aid services. Right after the Finish, all runners are given a finishers' medal and are asked to move towards the exit using the ramp next to the entrance gate that leads to the Propylaea of the Stadium.

After the finish, runners receive the finisher medal at the Finish Feed Zone. This procedure is contactless. The volunteers leave on the table in front of them the medal and the runner picks them up himself/herself.

Outside the Stadium, participants will be offered water, isotonic drinks, refreshments, bananas, fitness bars. This procedure is contactless. The volunteers leave on the table in front of them drinks and the runner picks them up himself/herself.

All participants may collect their clothes and personal belongings from the specially designed open space. Runners may pick up their kit bags by presenting their bib number.

Runners could return to the stadium following volunteers' instructions and watch the finish of the rest of the races.

ACCESS TO THE FINISH AREA

Access to the main arena of Panathenaic Stadium is allowed only to the finishing runners having a bib number and the staff of the Organizing Committee with specific credentials on their accreditation. Friends, family members and coaches may access the designated spectators' area (stands), and should not try to enter the track area, as this will result in congestion and cause inconvenience to the runners exiting the Stadium and the staff of the Organizing Committee who is trying to assist the runners. In addition, it is prohibited for anyone to enter the Panathenaic Stadium with any type of vehicle or wheeled equipment (skates, bicycle, etc.). Runners must inform their friends and family members about these regulations.

AWARDS

The Award Ceremonies for the first three winners / winners of the race will be held with full compliance of the rules of physical distance and limitation of contacts and only with the presence of the winners.

Winners Medals and certificates are awarded to the first three Men and Women of General Ranking.


RESULTS & PARTICIPATION CERTIFICATES

The results of the runners are announced in our website throughout the race. After the end of the race, the official results for the first runners are immediately announced. The unofficial results for the rest of the participants are announced in our website a few hours after the end of the race. Runners have the opportunity to submit an appeal within the next five (5) calendar days. The official results for all categories will be announced about ten (10) working days after the race. All runners may get their participation certificate through the website of marathonphotos.live a few days later,  after the announcement of the Official Results.


PHOTO SERVICES

Photo services are provided by the world-known photo agency Marathon-Photos.com. All participants will be able to download and purchase their photos a few hours after the event from the website: marathonphotos.live.

 

 RUNNERS' SAFE POSITIONING