The Hellenic Athletics Federation SEGAS – organizers of the Athens Marathon –which established its charity project “Runners’ Forest” at the end of October to support the reconstruction of areas devastated by fire in and around the town of Mati, has announced the extension of the project until the end of February. The projects seeks support from the international running community and German Road Races (GRR) is among those who help.

The marathon course goes through the small town of Mati, where around 100 people lost their lives as fire swept through the area in summer. SEGAS have launched a project called the “Runners’ Forest” to support the regeneration of the region. The aim is to raise funds for trees to be planted for about four kilometres between 12 and 16 kilometres along the course.

The “Runners’ Forest” project has been launched through Act4Greece, a crowdfunding online platform, and will be running until 28 February 2019. Individuals or other entities may make any donation they wish either directly through the program’s online platform at www.act4Greece.gr or through the page referred to “Runners’ Forest” https://www.act4greece.gr/actions/Action_dasosdromeon or by making a deposit or money transfer through internet, phone or mobile banking to the action’s bank account at NBG (National Bank of Greece, ΙΒΑΝ: GR6801100800000008000709710 / BIC: ETHNGRAA).

“The Hellenic Athletics Federation could not stand idly by in the face of widespread disaster wreakedby the wildfires of last summer in Eastern Attica that have caused such damage and loss of life along this section of the Authentic Marathon Course. The initiative to launch the “Runners’ Forest” fundraising campaign aims not only at raising awareness among the world running community and individual runners around the world to contribute to the reforestation and rebirth of the burnt parts of the original marathon course, but also at motivating the general public to an act of pure support and love, engaging everyone for our vision of a better future on the basis of solidarity, as well as creating conditions for future generations to live in a better world in showing compassion and hope, such as the ‘Runners’ Forest’,” said Kostas Panagopoulos, President of the Hellenic Athletics Federation.

The resounding success of the “Athens Marathon. The Authentic” in its growth in participants and elite performance in recent years was confirmed by the men’s winner of the title in the 36th edition on Sunday, Brimin Misoi of Kenya, running the third fastest ever on the historic course of 2:10:56, just one second slower than it took Stefano Baldini of Italy to win the Olympic title on the same course in 2004. It was a day of record breaking in terms of overall participants, with 18,750 runners who entered the marathon and, adding various shorter distance events held in conjunction, a total of 55,000. 

“The legend continues. Each year the Athens Marathon gets better and better,” said Paco Borao, President of AIMS, the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, at the press conference for the “Athens Marathon. The Authentic.” A record entry of 18,750 runners will be on the start line on Sunday. The course follows the original marathon route of the first Olympic Games of the modern era in 1896, beginning at the town of Marathon and running over a severely undulating route into the old Panathinaic Olympic Stadium. Taking into account other, shorter races held in conjunction with the main event, around 55,000 runners are expected to participate in the “Athens Marathon. The Authentic.”

 

Eliud Kipchoge has been elected the Best Marathon Runner of the Year (BMR) by the members of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) for the fourth time in a row. Fellow-Kenyan Gladys Cherono takes the prestigious title for the first time. Gladys Cherono will be in Athens for the presentation of the award at the annual gala on Friday night, staged by AIMS and the Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS) at the impressive „Megaro - The Athens Concert Hall“. Horst Milde, founder of the Berlin Marathon, will also be in Athens to receive the 2018 AIMS Lifetime Achievement Award. Former AIMS President Hiroaki Chosa, who can not travel to Greece, has been elected for this Award as well. The winners were announced by AIMS.

Only one marathon has unique status in terms of sport history, despite the ever-growing number of city races.  It is not New York, London, Berlin or Tokyo but Athens.  When the “Athens Marathon. The Authentic” gets underway on November 11, the runners will be returning to the very origin of the event.  This is where the history of the marathon race began with the legend of the Greek messenger, soldier and runner who is thought to have run from Marathon to Athens in 490 BCE to bring news of the victory in battle over the Persians.  According to legend the messenger, once in Athens, collapsed and died.

The Athens Marathon will go ahead on the traditional route from the village of Marathon to the capital on November 11 without changes despite the devastating fires which took place on parts of the course in the summer. The course, which is essentially the same as in the first Olympic Games of the modern era in 1896, leads through the town of Mati which was in the centre of the tragedy in July.

In the weeks before the 36th edition of the “Athens Marathon. The Authentic” the Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS) is launching a project inviting its Official Sponsors and Partners help revive the coastal areas of Attica devastated by wildfires in late July. While the name of the project is “Runners’ Forest“, the concept is for a “green revival“, buying and planting trees for just over four kilometres along the marathon course in the village of Mati, around 12 to 16 kilometres into the race. The overall death toll is estimated to be approximately 100 in what was one of the worst cases of fire devastation this century.

Following last years’ success, the amazing mobile application of the Athens Marathon returns! The app is here to offer the most.. authentic experience to those that wish to “follow” their friends and family members participating in the event, as well as useful information to the runners themselves. 

Are you a runner? Is your friend running? Do you just want to keep track with the authentic action in real time (live tracking) on your mobile device? The only thing you have to do is download and install at your smart phone, tablet, and/or personal computer, the official Athens Marathon application, “Athens Marathon. The Authentic powered by MyLaps”, available for iOS and Android.

By using the app, you will stay in touch with your runner friends and track their progress on Sunday November 11th.

More specifically, every user can track up to 25 runners and receive automatic notifications every time the selected runners pass the timing zones at the following points: in Marathon Race, the stations include the 5 – 10 – 15 – 21,1 – 25 – 30 – 35 – 40km, at the 10km Road Race the stations include 1,1 – 5 – 5,8km where the “U-turn” is, at the 5km Road Race – Morning & Afternoon, the stations include the 1 and 3km. Moreover, each user can receive notifications for the first 15 athletes leading each one of the races.