Following the decision recently made by the Health Committee of the Hellenic Secretariat of Sports that prohibits the staging of running outdoor/off-stage events with more than 100 persons involved (participants and staff), the Hellenic Athletics Federation and the City of Athens, in consultation with the Attica Region, announce that the 2020 Athens Half Marathon, scheduled to take place on September 20th, is now cancelled.

It is noted, that the Athens Half Marathon would be held on September 20th, with the written approval and as agreed with the City of Athens and Attica Region, given that the Health Protocol that the Hellenic Athletics Federation has developed and had it approved by the Health Committee of the Hellenic Secretariat of Sports was still considered in place. This Protocol was incorporating strict social distancing regulations and measures protecting the Public Health, and it was approved, prior to its announcement, by all relevant authorities. Furthermore, its concise and full content had achieved international appeal and recognition as a template manual for running events around the world. For all the hard work and efforts made up to this day, we are grateful to the Organizing, Technical and Health Committees of the Athens Half Marathon, and to the staff of the Hellenic Athletics Federation, the City of Athens and Attica Region.

The decision for the cancellation of the 2020 Athens Half Marathon event is truly an unpleasant one, which upsets our runners and volunteers. It is evident that at this late stage, the Hellenic Athletics Federation had already proceeded to significant expenses regarding the staging of the race. However, protection of public health is and will always be our top priority.
We sincerely thank all parties that have contributed so far to an excellent preparation for the event, and especially ERGO Insurance, the Athens Half Marathon Grand Sponsor, as well as the rest of our Sponsors and Supporters. Furthermore, we would also like to thank our State Partners, such as the Hellenic Police, the National First Aid Centre, OASA, and TRAINOSE, the Acropolis and Benaki Museums, the running clubs in Greece and all volunteer and rescue teams.

The World Athletics Heritage Plaque, which was awarded to the Athens Marathon in 2019, has been unveiled in the Greek capital at the offices of SEGAS, the Greek athletics federation.

The unveiling took place on Friday 3 July 2020, during the official opening of registrations for the 2020 edition of the “Athens Marathon. The Authentic” which is scheduled to take place on 8 November.

“We considered this date as most suitable, especially after all the unprecedented changes we all had to face due to the pandemic. We wanted to show everyone, that life goes on and we can make plans, while at the same time taking all necessary measures,” confirmed Kostas Panagopoulos, SEGAS President.

The plaque was introduced by Tota Golfinopoulou, the Marathon’s Event Services Manager.

The unveiling was performed by Kostas Panagopoulos, with Anna Rokofyllou, the President of the Athens Municipal Organisation for Sports & Culture, and Vasileios Sevastis, the President of “Athens Marathon. The Authentic” Organising Committee.

 

In accordance with the Protocol for Road Races approved by the Health Committee of the General Secretariat of Sports for Sports and the Ministry of Sports, SEGAS (Hellenic Athletics Federation) and its partners have taken up further actions and announce today that, given the current circumstances, the 2020 Athens Marathon will be staged as planned on 07 & 08 November 2020.

The 2020 Athens Marathon event’s program includes the following Races:

Marathon Race – The Athens Marathon Race participants will be divided into two different smaller Marathon races (Marathon Race & Marathon Race B), with 5,000 participants each and one hour difference as to starting time. Allotment of runners in one of these two marathon races and the relevant starting block will be made by the LOC. It is noted that the Athens Marathon Race will be held on Sunday 08 November, while exact starting times will be announced within the next days.


Following the approval of the Protocol for Road Races submitted by the Hellenic Athletics Federation to the Health Committee of the General Secretariat of Sports for Sports and the Ministry of Sports, SEGAS (Hellenic Athletics Federation) and the City of Athens, organizers of the Athens Half Marathon event, announced today the decisions taken regarding the staging of the 2020 Athens Half Marathon.

This approved Protocol is the core document on which SEGAS and the City of Athens have based their final decisions for the staging of the 2020 Athens Half Marathon event on 20 September 2020, after its late postponement in March, in close cooperation with Attica Region authorities.

On that ground, it is said that:

Following the decision on the postponement of the 2020 Athens Half Marathon, that was originally scheduled to take place on 22 March the Organizers announce today that the 2020 ATHENS HALF MARATHON will be held on Sunday 20 September.

Being responsible and prioritizing the Public Health, the Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS) and the City of Athens have commonly decided to transfer the event in the beginning of autumn, with the belief that this new date will allow everyone the time to recover from the difficult and tough situation we are experiencing, and at the same time, will give the Athens Half Marathon the perspective of a preparation event leading to the “Athens Marathon. The Authentic” in November.

All registered runners will receive an email by the Organizing Committee presenting the procedure to be followed from now on, regarding their registration in this year’s event.

 Following the instructions and orders of the Greek State and the Government given the current status in order to protect the Public Health against COVID-19 by taking measures that will further restrict the corona virus contagion in Greece, the offices of the Hellenic Athletics Federation will remain closed until further notice. For any questions or enquiries you may have on the Athens Marathon event please email us and we will get back to you the soonest possible.

Within the framework of the pandemic crisis that the entire world is currently battling with, and the decisions of the Greek Government in order to protect the Public Health against COVID-19 by taking measures that will further restrict the corona virus contagion in Greece, the Organizing Committee of the 2020 Athens Half Marathon, originally scheduled for 22 March 2020, has announced that the event is postponed.
Such a decision was taken in favour of all participants and under the belief that the health of everyone involved and of the general public in Greece is much more important that any event in Greece or worldwide. The Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS) and the City of Athens have announced the postponement of the 2020 Athens Half Marathon event two weeks before its scheduled date in order to allow participants the chance to modify their arrangements taking under consideration the current status in Greece.

The new date and further information will be announced as soon as possible. We are already working on all optional dates and next steps, hoping that within the next period we will be comfortable and in position to announce a new date within 2020.
The President of SEGAS, Kostas Panagopoulos has stated: “We have been working hard, with dedication and consistency in order to present an exceptional event on 22 March. However, we would never risk the health and safety of our runners and anyone involved in the staging of the event. Our people, whether runners, volunteers or staff, are our top priority. That is why, along with the Mayor of Athens, Kostas Bakoyannis, we reached this decision, complying with the relevant decisions and guidlines of the responsible European and Greek Authorities. That was, indeed, a tough decision to take and an even tougher announcement to make. But we are optimistic. We believe that all this will be behind us soon and we will all meet again at the start line to celebrate a new beginning”

According to the Greek Government Measures announced yesterday regarding the coronavirus, the organizers of the 9th Athens Half Marathon, SEGAS and the Municipality of Athens, announced that the event is postponed.