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.

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Just a few days after the 2020 dawn, we are getting ready for the first top mark in our 2020 running calendar; the 2020 Athens Half Marathon, on 22 March in the heart of the Athens city center, with more than 20,000 runners of all ages!

Registrations for the 2020 Athens Half Marathon event just opened, and following the enormous success of Athens Marathon last November, it is expected to be sold-out quite soon.

The 2020 Athens Half Marathon will be held on 22 March in the centre of Athens, starting and finishing at Syntagma Square, in front of the monumental building of Greek Parliament. The event is organized by SEGAS (Hellenic Athletics Federation) and the City of Athens, supported by the Region of Attica, while ERGO, the well-known international insurance firm is again its Grand Sponsor, granting to the event its continuous positive energy and dynamic, and providing insurance to all participants during the race. 

A unique celebration in the centre of Athens; an exceptional spring experience in the heart of the city that brings together sports, culture and entertainment; a race that offers the opportunity to enjoy the city’s charm, enhancing the meaning of “togetherness” and companionship.

Just two days after we officially welcome spring in Europe, with Spring Equinox being on March 20th, join us, spreading positive attitude all around the city, taking part in this surprising race for all.

Choose the distance that suits you the most and save the date 22 MARCH 2020 as your next running event in Athens, the Mediterranean city of culture!

At the age of 42 Kenyan John Komen came from behind to upset the favorites and win the Athens Marathon with 2:16:34. The master runner was well behind the leaders with 10k to go, but on the demanding original marathon course from Marathon to Athens Komen managed to pass fellow-Kenyan Daniel Muteti and then Felicien Muhitira of Rwanda in the closing stages before the finish in the Panathenaic Stadium. Muhitira was second in 2:16:43 while Muteti dropped back to fifth with 2:21:39. Konstantinos Gkelaouzos snatched third place in 2:19:02 with fellow-Greek Efthymios Kalaras finishing fourth in 2:19:18. "I was not sure I could win this race," said John Komen.

Greece’s Eleftheria Petroulaki produced a home win in the historic race. She took the lead early and finished with 2:45:50 in mixed weather conditions with some heavy rain showers and warm temperatures.

Italy’s Olympic Marathon Champion from Athens 2004 Stefano Baldini returned to the race and clocked a fine 2:57:07. The 48 year-old finished in 99th position in the overall rankings.

A record number of 20,000 runners entered the 37th edition of the ‘Athens Marathon. The Authentic’. Adding other running events staged on Saturday and Sunday the total number for the event was an impressive figure of 60,000 athletes.

Today, (9 November 2019) at the 13th AIMS (The Association of Marathons and Distance Races including 473 races in 124 countries  and territories) Marathon Symposium in the Greek City of Athens , under the symposium theme of ‘Technology & Mass Running Events’, it was revealed by Ms Shirley Yang of the CAA (Chinese Athletic Association) that an astonishing 340 Million Runners in just the last four years have taken part in an ‘online marathon’ event in China.

Sheng Lan Yang (Shirley Yang), Vice-Director Marketing Dept. Chinese Athletics Association in her talk on ‘Technology applications in Chinese Marathon Races’ gave a highly impressive presentation of the incredible scale of development of running in China and how technology innovation has been central to developing running opportunities for the people of China.

The scale of achievement attracting participation in traditional running events in China and the level of growth is amazing. In 1997, China had fewer than 10 marathons. By 2011 there were 39 events but just 7 years later in 2018 there were 1,581 races with 5.83 million runners taking part.

Ms Yang went on to explain about the creation of a special ‘online marathon’ initiative set up 4 years ago in conjunction with CAA and AIMS member event: The Xiamen Marathon where runners signed up to running the race in their own local location through an app called the ‘Joyrun app’.

Since that first ‘event’ 340 million people have taken part in the Joyrun app online marathons.