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In order for someone to participate in the 5km & 10km Road Race WIND, he/she should be at least 12 years old.

BEFORE THE RACE

Before leaving your residence, make sure you have 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.

GETTING TO THE START

Participants are kindly requested to reach the start area on Vas. Amalias Avenue, Syntagma (in front of Bodossakis Foundation - Eurobank) using public transportation. Please bear in mind that runners need to be at the start area at least one (1) hour before the start of their race, that is at 15.15 the latest.

Note that no vehicles are allowed in the city centre of Athens and anywhere around Panathenaic Stadium on Sunday 11 November 2018 from 05:00 to 18.30.

WARM UP

Runners may warm up behind the start area on Vas. Amalias Avenue (near Adrianos Gate). Warm up is be allowed before the start line.

RACE START

A “Wave Start” system will be applied. Four (4) different wave starts are planned with a time gap of a few minutes between blocks.

• 16.15 - 1st Block (elite athletes and the best 1.000 finish times)

• 16.17 - 2nd Block (the next best 1.600 finish times)

• 16.20 - 3rd Block (the next best 1.600 finish times)

• 16.23 - 4th Block (the next best 1.800 finish times)

• The last runner crosses the start line at 16.26

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.

STARTING BLOCKS

Runners will be allocted in different blocks at the start area according to the color of their bib number. Blocks are mentioned on the bib numbers. Runners should be in their starting blocks 15’ minutes before the race starts.

The runners are placed in the starting blocks based on their personal best finish time the last three years (2015-2017), as stated on their entry form. Runners who have not stated their personal best time on their application form are placed in one of the last two blocks.

Please note that any runner who starts from a different block than the indicated one, or participates in another race 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 numbers will be stopped before entering the Panathenaic Stadium. Furthermore, participation is also forbidded to athletes with dogs, skates, skateboards, bicycles or other wheeled equipment.

STARTING THE RACE

The start line is found on Vas. Amalias Avenue (in front of Bodossakis Foundation - Eurobank).

5km Road Race WIND - Afternoon start time: 16.15pm

CLOTHING MANAGEMENT

Runners must hand in the kit bag with their personal clothing to the volunteers at the designated areas at least 30 minutes before the start of the race.

These areas are found at the exit of Zappion Megaro on Vas. Olgas Avenue (after the fountain).

After finishing the race, runners, assisted by volunteers, may collect their kit bag presenting their bib number.


DURING THE EVENTS

KILOMETRE SIGNS

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

TOILETS – WCs

WCs will be available at the Start and the Finish.

MEDICAL SERVICES

The Organizing Committee is responsible for providing medical service 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 contact the medical personnel responsible for the event.

FEED ZONES/STATIONS

Bottled water will be offered to the runners at the Start and the Finish. Bottled water will also be available at the feed zone in the middle of the 5km Road Race WIND - Afternoon course.

TIME LIMIT FOR THE 5KM ROAD RACE WIND- AFTERNOON

The time limit for all participating runners in the 5km Road Race WIND - Afternoon to reach the finish line is set at 65 minutes. The 5km Road Race WIND - Afternoon is to be completed by 17:20, just before the conclusion of the Marathon Race and Power Walking.

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 its use, runners will be registered in the official results list and will be informed about their split times. Split timing zones for the 5km Road Race are found at the 1.3km and 4km.

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 International Athletics Federation (IAAF), the Association of International Marathon Races and Distance Running (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 breaching these rules, the event's judges and the Organizing Committee staff may order the disqualification of an athlete and erase him/her from the Official Results, evaluating electronic and audio visual material.

ACCESS TO THE RACE ROUTE

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 runners are not allowed to move on any lane next to the race stream. No escorting of athletes in any kind of vehicle (bicycle, moto, 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 without bib number are not allowed to enter Panathenaic Stadium. The same stands for athletes with dogs.

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 the Panathenaic Stadium run the last 170m of the race inside the Stadium.

PLEASE NOTE: The finish area is now on the left side of the stadium.

PROCEDURES AFTER FINISHING THE RACE

Runners crossing 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.

Outside the Stadium, participants are offered water. All participants will collect the kit bag with their clothes and personal belongings from the same area where they left them.

Runners may get back to the stands of the Stadium following the instructions of Volunteers in order to watch the rest of the event.

ACCESS TO THE FINISH AREA

Access to the main arena of Panathenaic Stadium is permitted 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.

AWARD CEREMONIES

Winners Medals and Certificates will be awarded to the first three winners (Men & 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 official website of the event a few days later (www.athensauthenticmarathon.gr).

PHOTO SERVICES

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