SEGAS, was founded in 1897 and has been the principal organizer of many international sporting competitions held in Greece. SEGAS is putting together the “Athens Marathon. The Authentic” to be held on November 11th of the current year.

“ The Athens Marathon. The Authentic” undertook the initiative to restore the vegetation burnt almost 4.3km along the Marathon course, during the devastatingly extensive wildfires in Greece's Attica Region last summer.

At a time of such tragedy: the firefighters, rescue teams, doctors and nurses made an extraordinary and remarkable effort, in the face of an nearly impossible situation, often going beyond their own limits, same way runners do during a Marathon Race. At the same time, we witnessed a large wave of solidarity, one itself without precedent. Enormous queues were formed outside hospitals, of people wanting to offer blood; vitally important aid was quickly gathered; many have gone to volunteer their help. This solidarity acts have known no limit. 

This initiative is independent of any other reforestation program implemented by the Regional and National Public Authorities. Our initiative consists of:  

- The soil restoration, trees and bushes planting and a maintenance program for at least one year

- The installation of tanks for irrigation and forest fire protection

- The growth of an environmental awareness amongst runners, national and international community during the day of the race

- Environmental awareness programs and the installation of signage along the area of intervention

The selection of plants to be used and the intervention positions will be made in cooperation with high profile experts and the relevant authorities. 

The call to participate and support this initiative is addressed to the entire running community, our sponsors as well as the general public.

 

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