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 Marathon Race or Power Walking, he/she should be at least 18 years old (born at least in 2003).

These Useful Instructions for participation in the Athens Marathon Race, include rules and regulations that govern the staging of a Road Race Event as well as the health measures and procedures that should be followed during, before or after the event and in the purpose of it. These Instructions should 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.    

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 14th, 2021 | AUTHENTIC MARATHON & POWER WALKING

• Authentic Marathon A: Start Time 09:00 am

• Authentic Marathon B: Start Time 09:45 am



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

Any transportation required for participants/ volunteers/ staff members and partners, before and after the event, will be conducted according to the Guidelines issued by the National Public Health Organization concerning transportation and that will be valid on November 2021. In cases where vehicles are used by the event organizer with over than 1 passenger, a double protective mask is required by all passengers including drivers/escorts.

TRANSPORTATION TO THE START ΑREA OF MARATHON RACE (including Power Walking)

Buses that will be departing constantly from six (6) different points within the Athens Center, from 05.30AM up to 06.45AM, will be used by the ATHENS MARATHON Organizing Committee for the (direct and without any stop) transfer of all runners participating in the Marathon Race and Power Walking to the Marathon Start area. After 06.45AM, it will no longer be possible for late runners to use our transportation.

The selected departure stations are:

1) Metro Station (Line 2) «Syngrou-Fix», along   Syngrou   Avenue  - boarding from “Syngrou” exit - last bus to depart at 06.15

2) Metro Station (Line 2)  «Panepistimio», along  Panepistimiou  street  - boarding from “Panepistimio” exit

3) Metro Station (Line 2 & 3) «Syntagma», along Vas.  Amalias  Avenue  - boarding from both sides of the platform

4) Metro Station (Line 3) «Evangelismos», along Vas. Sofias Avenue

5) Metro Station (Line 3) «Katechaki»,  along Mesogeion Avenue

6) ISAP Station «Omonoia», on 3rd Septemvriou Avenue- Omonoia Square

For the fastest and unhindered boarding of runners at the boarding points, it is recommended that runners use the following Metro stops for boarding buses, since they come from the following areas, avoiding the Syntagma Central Station:

• Metro & ISAP Station «Omonoia»: Pireus, Kallithea, Tavros, Petralona, Patisisa, Nea Ionia, Irakleio, Maroussi, Kifisia

• Metro Station «Panepistimio»: Peristeri, Ilion, Petroupoli, Agioi Anargyri

• Metro Station «Syngrou-Fix»:Neos Kosmos, Koukaki, Kallithea, Nea Smyrni, Dafni, Agios Dimiotrios, Ilioupoli, Alimos, Argyroupoli, Elliniko, Glyfada

• Metro Station «Katechaki»: Psychiko, Papagou, Cholargos, Chalandri, Agia Paraskevi

50% of the participants will be asked to arrive at the departure stations from 05.30am to 06.15am using the above Metro stations.

The second 50% of the participants will be asked to arrive at the departure stations from 06.15am to 06.45am using the above Metro stations.

• Arrival instructions will be communicated to participants in detail, via printed and electronic material. The main concern is the encouragement and instruction for the use of all the stations that enable the approach to the starting area in order to achieve the separation / dispersion of the runners’ arrival and to prevent overcrowding.

The boarding of the participants in the buses of the event for their transportation from Athens to the City of Marathonas, will be carried out in accordance with the current provisions and the sanitary regulations of EODY, concerning the passenger transport, using buses and EDC vehicles, with strictly obligatory instructionts for all participants / runners and the accompanying staff of the event for the use of a protective mask.

ATTENTION: In order to avoid inconvenience, the O.C. of AMA advises runners not to use their own means of transportation to the Starting Area. Runners who will go to the start by their own means must: (a) be at the starting area (Marathon) at least one hour before the start time of the first race, ie no later than 08:00' ,taking into account the distance that runners will have to walk from their disembarkation parking to the starting point (approximately 800m), (b) to take into account that on the route of the Marathon there will be a traffic ban on both streams of Marathonos Avenue from 08:00'.


WARM UP AREA

Runners may warm up at the Stadium, which is located inside the Marathon Road start facility, as well as in the area behind the Start.

CLOTHING MANAGEMENT

The participants need to put their clothes and other personal belongings in the kit plastic bag they have collected along with their bib number from the Registration Centre at the Faliro Indoor Hall & Exhibition Centre.

ATTENTION: All kit bags need to have on them the sticker with the runner's bib number. All bags should be well closed. Please make sure that your kit bag does not contain any travel documents, jewelry, money or medicines. The Athens Marathon Organising Committee bears no responsibility in case of loss or damage of any valuable items in the kit bags.

ATTENTION: No other bags, backpacks, etc, than the kit bags provided to the runners by the Organizing Committee may be accepted.

Runners must give the kit plastic bag with their personal belongings and clothes to the volunteers at the DHL trucks located 100m before the Start Arch (traffic lights), no later than 40 minutes before the start of the race (8:20 the latest), in order to be taken to the Panathenaic Stadium. Volunteers will be there to assist the runners, while there will be signs indicating the area that corresponds to their own bib number. Kit bags are put in the DHL trucks on the basis of bib numbers. All vehicles have signs with the relevant bib numbers.

All participants are obliged immediately after disembarking from the bus to hand over their special plastic clothing bag to the respective clothing transport vehicles, according to their Bib Number.

ATTENTION: Due to the large number of participants in the Marathon Race, the instructions of the approved health protocol, as well as the instructions of EODY, for the protection from COVID-19 and the avoidance of overcrowding, the O.C. of AMA informs all runners that they must strictly follow the following instructions:

(a) Hand over their kit bag to the appropriate DHL truck as soon as they arrive at the Start area. The kit bag will be picked up after the end of the Race outside the Panathenaic Stadium,
(b) keep with them only the absolutely necessary clothes (t-shirt or other), mainly those they will be needing while waiting for the race to start,
(c) avoid changing clothes before the venue entrance and in the area where DHL trucks are parked,
(d) put on the specific "warming cover" that will be distributed by the Organizing Committee staff, upon arrival at the Start area,
(e) leave aside clothes that they will have kept with them a few minutes before the start. Those clothes will be picked up by the volunteers of the Organizing Committee and will be given away for charity purposes.

After the race, runners may collect the kit bag with their personal belongings from a specified area on Vas. Olgas Avenue (200 meters on the right after the exit from Propylaea of Panathenaic Stadium) assisted by volunteers. Runners must present their bib number in order to collect their kit bags.

• It is recommended to all runners to wear a protective mask from their arrival on the starting are 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.

• During the warm-up / standby time, an audible instruction-recommendation will be given to runners who wish to warm up individually (running, flexibility exercises, etc.) in the areas behind the start, inside the stadium, behind the extension ramp, to avoid running in groups and avoid points where there is crowding of runners or accompanying persons.

STARTING BLOCKS

In this year's event, runners will start in two different sections (A&B), with starting times of 9:00 and 9:45. All runners are placed in blocks at the start area according to their bib number and its color. The starting block is written in the bib number of each runner. Get a place in the starting blocks in time based on the color and the indication in your bib number! Fifteen minutes (15 ') before the start all runners must have taken their place in their block. If you consider it appropriate, you may put on the specific "warming cover" given to you by the Organizing Commitee while you are waiting for the start of your own block. It will keep your body warm.

NOTE: runners are allocated in starting blocks based on their personal best finish time over the last four years (2018-2021), as stated on their entry form and checked by the SEGAS Marathon Office. Runners who have not stated their best finish time on their entry form will be placed in one of the last three blocks.

RACE START

A “Wave Start System” will be implemented. Eight (8) different wave starts are planned for each race (A&B), with an additional one for runners with disabilities:

• The runners of each Marathon Race (A & B) will be distributed in different blocks, each of which will have a dimension of 1,008sqm and will include about 500 people as a final participation limit. The line up of the blocks will be along the starting line within the facilities.

• Each block will be about 84m 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 their starting block, as well as the next one, 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:

Marathon Race “A”: Until 08.45am
Marathon Race “B”: Until 09.30am

• 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.

The start time of each block is indicative and is finalized two weeks before the Marathon.

Time

Marathon Race “A”

09:00

1st Block (Elite Athletes & Participants in the Hellenic National Marathon Race Championships) &  runners below 3 hours - Α1 block

09:02

2nd Block –  Α2 block

09:05

3th Block –  Α3 block

09:08

4th Block –  Α4 block

09:11

5th Block –  Α5 block

09:14

6th Block –  Α6 block

09:17

7th Block –  Α7 block

09:20

8th Block –  Α8 block

09:22

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

09:40

Runners with disabilities

Time

Marathon Race “B”

09:45

 9th block  –  B1 block

09:48

10th block –  B2 block

09:51

11thblock –  B3 block

09:54

12th block –  B4 block

09:57

13th block –  B5 block

10:00

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

10:03

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

10:06

16th block The rest of the runners & Power Walkers –  B8 block

10:08

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

 

All participants are kindly requested to follow the instructions of the Organizing Committee staff and volunteers.

Please note that any runner to start the race from a different block than the designated one will be automatically disqualified and, consequently, his/her finish time will not appear in the Final Results.

 


DURING THE RACE

KILOMETER SIGNS

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

TOILETS – WCs

WC facilities are available at the start and the finish area, as well as at all feed stations along the course.

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 inform accordingly the medical persons responsible for the event.

PERSONAL DRINKS

You are kindly reminded that there is no “personal drinks” service at the feed stations. This service is only provided to the elite athletes and the participants in the National Hellenic Marathon Race Championships.

 

FEED ZONES

Start

MED

WC

timing

water

 

 

 

 

 

 

5km

MED

WC

timing

water

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,5km

 

WC

 

water

 

 

 

 

 

 

10km

MED

WC

timing

water

isotonic

 

 

 

 

 

12,5km

 

WC

 

water

 

 

 

 

 

 

15km

MED

WC

timing

water

isotonic

 

 

bananas

 

 

17,5km

 

WC

 

water

 

 

 

 

 

 

20km

MED

WC

 

water

isotonic

 

energy gel

 

energy bars

 

21,1 km

 

 

timing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22,5km

MED

WC

 

water

 

 

 

 

 

 

25km

MED

WC

timing

water

isotonic

 

 

bananas

 

 

27,5km

MED

WC

 

water

 

 

 

 

 

 

30km

MED

WC

timing

water

isotonic

Coca cola

 

bananas

energy bars

 

32,5km

MED

WC

 

water

 

 

 

 

 

 

35km

MED

WC

timing

water

isotonic

Coca cola

 

 

energy bars

 

37,5km

MED

WC

 

water

 

 

 

 

 

 

40km

MED

WC

timing

water

isotonic

 

 

 

 

 

Finish

MED

WC

timing

water

isotonic

 

 

bananas

energy bars

beverages


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.


SLOW RUNNERS

A 7-hours time limit has been set for the Marathon Race and Power Walking participants to reach the finish line. In case a participant has not reached the finish line by that time (see Time Limit section below), he/she needs to stop and will be taken to the Finish by vehicles of the Organizing Committee. In case he/she decides to go on at his/her own responsibility, he/she need to move on the pavement and continue his/her effort. This measure is taken in order to ensure the safety of all participants. When the time limit (see below) expires, Police will partially allow vehicles circulation. All runners must follow these instructions.


RUNNERS WHO DROP OUT

The last group of runners is followed by a bus, which picks up all the participants who cannot or do not wish to finish the race. If, for any reason, a runner chooses to drop out, he/she must walk to the closest feed station or get in contact with a staff member or volunteer of the Organizing Committee at any point of the course. In case no medical assistance is required, the runner may: a) remain on site and wait for any authorized vehicle of the Organizing Committee to pick him/her up and take him/her to the Finish, b) remain on site and wait for the bus that follows the last group of runners and picks up those who drop out, c) proceed to the finish line at his/her own responsibility.


TIME LIMIT FOR THE CONCLUSION OF THE EVENT

Both the Marathon Race and Power Walking end at 17.10, taking into account the time delay of all consecutive starts.

KM

Time Limit

5

10:55

7,5

11:22

10

11:49

12,5

12:12

15

12:35

17,5

12:02

20

13:27

21,1

13:38

22,5

13:53

25

14:16

27,5

14:42

30

15:06

32,5

15:35

35

15:56

37,5

16:23

40

16:46

ATTENTION: Runners who wish to continue running beyond the time limits (see below) need to bear in mind that they are running at their own risk. Police will gradually allow vehicles on the streets after the last runner passes each feed station within the set time limit.


ELECTRONIC TIMING

All runners will receive a timing chip from the Registration Center at the Faliro Indoor Hall & Exhibition Centre along with their bib number. By its use, runners are registered in the official results and will be informed about their split times. Split timing zones are installed at every 5 kilometers and at 21.1km. Any runner for whom no time is shown at the Start, the split timing zones and the Finish, will be disqualified.

The timing chip, along with the bib number, indicate the athlete’s identity and starting block in the electronic system.

Only athletes who: a) participate in accordance to the rules, b) are placed in the right starting block, c) have timing indications at the Start, all split timing zones and the Finish, and d) complete the race within the time limit (7 hours) will have their final and split times appearing in the Official Results and get a participation certificate.


CHRONOMETERS

A vehicle with a big digital chronometer will be moving in front of the leading group of runners. There will also be a digital chronometer at the finish line.


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.

ATTENTION: The participation of athletes with hand bikes, other competition wheelchairs, skates, skateboards, bicycles or accompanied by dogs is not allowed in the Athens Marathon. Due to the particularities of the Marathon course, the large number of participating athletes, the existing infrastructure and the event's operations for the staging of 15 different races on the same day (either in the city centre of Athens or along the Marathon course), the Organizing Committee cannot ensure safety of runners in such cases.


POWER WALKING SPECIFIC RULES

The same rules apply for participants in Power Walking, with the following specifications:

1) Participants in Power Walking are allocated in the last starting block, to start at 10:06am. Starting from a different block than the appointed one will result to the disqualification of the participant.

2) The time limit to conclude the race is set at seven (7) hours, 17:10’.

3)If a walker wishes to change the type of race, he/she needs to change his/her bib number. This can only be done with the permission of the Organizing Committee at the event's Registration Centre. The deadline for reporting such a change is Saturday November 13th, 2021.

4)There will be no winners or specific results classification for the participants in Power Walking.

 

ACCESS TO THE RACE ROUTE – MARATHON RACE ATTENDANCE

All race routes will be free of vehicles. It is strictly prohibited for anyone (spectators, coaches, etc.) other than 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 vehicles accredited by the Organizing Committee (ambulances, police vehicles, etc.).

All spectators are kindly requested to use public transport (Metro and buses outside the race routes), as indicated in the maps. No escorting of runners in bicycles is allowed.

The presence of accompanying persons in any of the street lanes, failure to demonstrate a valid accreditation pass or disobedience to the police orders will 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.

ATTENTION: 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 as well as to the winners of the National Hellenic Marathon Race Championships.


RESULTS & PARTICIPATION CERTIFICATES

The finish times of the runners are announced in our website throughout the race. After the end of the race, the official results for the first 20 runners are immediately announced. The unofficial results for the rest of the participants are announced a few hours after the end of the race. Runners will 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.


TV BROADCASTING

The Marathon Race is broadcasted live by Public Television from 08.00am to 12.30pm.

 

RUNNERS' SAFE POSITIONING