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On the occasion of the 2019 Athens Marathon, the Hellenic Athletics Federation introduced a medal series with unique historic, cultural and artistic value. The first medal of that series, dedicated to the history and evolution of the Marathon movement, was offered to the participants in last year’s Athens Marathon event that was held on November 9th & 10th, 2019.

That first medal, already in the possession of the 2019 Athens Marathon participants, is signed by Alekos Fasianos, the world famous Greek artist, who has managed to depict the Marathon Battle (490BC) on the back side of the medal. One of the eight letters of the word “MARATHON” is highlighted on the medal each year, so that the entire word is formed by the end of this series.

Normally, the medal of the 2020 Athens Marathon would be dedicated to the “Imerodromos”, the soldier that carried the message of victory from the battle field to Athens, and it would have the signature of another world known Greek artist, Kostas Varotsos.

However, due to the covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Athens Marathon will not take place. Following a recent decision of the Organizing Committee, a virtual event will be held at its place, from November 8th to 22nd.

Those to participate in the 2020 Virtual Athens Marathon will receive in their race kit a different, also special medal, exclusively produced for this virtual event. On the other hand, the 2nd medal of the above Athens Marathon medal series will be offered to the participants of the 2021 event.

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.

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.

Following the instructions and orders of the Greek State and 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 offices of the Hellenic Athletics Federation will remain closed until further notice. For any question or enquiry you may have on the Athens Half 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.

Following up the Hellenic Government’s announcement regarding measures to further restrict the corona virus contagion in Greece, the organizers of the 9th Athens Half Marathon, SEGAS and the Municipality of Athens, would like to announce that the event scheduled to take place in March 22nd 2020, is postponed.

The new date and further information will be announced soon.

The ATHENS HALF MARATHON & SPORTS SHOW will again precedes the 2020 Athens Half Marathon event and will be held from 19 to 21 March in the high quality premises of HELEXPO MAROUSSI.