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The 2019 Athens Marathon Registration period will open on Thursday 18 April, noon (local time), and this concerns mainly individual registrations in all event’s races.

This year, the available individual entries in the 10km & 5km Road Races are 30% of the total entries number. The entries limit in the 10km & 5km Road Races is quite higher this year, as a results of the decision made by SEGAS for a race weekend, having the 10km Road Race on Saturday afternoon

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2019 marks a new era for the Athens Marathon; a period of time that will lead to even greater development and increase of participation, aiming at reaching the target of 80,000 entries in 2026 when the Athens Marathon will be celebrating its 130 years anniversary.

On that ground, and motivated by the major appeal of the Athens Marathon within Greece and abroad, the Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS) responds to the demand for more entries, making radical changes in the event’s schedule and infrastructure.

The 10km Road Race will, from now on, be held on Saturday afternoon (meaning the day before the Marathon Race, on 09 November 2019), allowing the organizers to extend the maximum registration limit and allow participation to even more members of the running community

All event’s races will finish in the historic Panathenaic Stadium.The Marathon Race, held on the Authentic Marathon Course will be held as usual on Sunday 10 November 2019. The maximum registration limit in the Marathon Race is now set at 20,000 runners. One grand 5km Road Race will be held the same day morning (Sunday 10 November), in which the upper participation limit will be over doubled in compared to previous years.

 

The design of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athletics Heritage Plaque has been revealed as a further six competitions were recognised by the governing body. IAAF President Sebastian Coe announced Brazil’s Fernando Silva – a recreational runner from Manaus – the winner of the public design competition which was launched back in December. His design was claimed to have a main oval which represented the global nature of athletics. A gold colour ring is asserted to represent excellence, while six bright colours around the oval are viewed as highlighting the IAAF’s six continental areas and core event groups.

The event groups include sprints, hurdles and relays, middle and long distance, combined events, jumping, throwing and out of stadia. The out of stadia category includes cross-country, mountain, road, trial and ultra running and race walking.

Silva has been awarded a trip for two people to the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha. The IAAF state the plaque design will undergo further work ahead of manufacturing beginning later this year.

“The concept of the World Athletics Heritage Plaque was very well received when we announced the project and the first dozen recipients in December,” Coe said. “I’m delighted to confirm the design competition attracted a high standard of entries across four continents. Now that we have a winner, we have moved an important step towards the first unveilings of plaques around the world in 2020.”

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.