17 MARCH 2019, 11.45am

You need to know that...

In order for anyone to be eligible to participate in the 5km Road Race, he/she needs to be at least 12 years old (born in 2007 or older).


The 5km Road Race starts from Syntagma Square (Othonos Str). The 5km course follows the route below:
Filellinon Str – Amalias Avenue – Vas. Olgas Avenue – Vas. Konstantinou Avenue – Vas. Konstantinou/Vas. Sofias Avenue Junction in front of the Hilton Hotel – Vas. Sofias Avenue (from Syntagma Square up to Hilton Hotel) – Akadimias Avenue – Ippocratos Str – Panepistimiou Avenue – Amalias Avenue – Finish at Syntagma Square, in front of the Greek Parliament

Before the Event

Before leaving your residency make sure that you have the following:

• Race Bib and safety pins (timing chip is embedded in the race bib)

• Kit bag with the race bib sticker stamped on, clearly visible.

Clothing Management

Participants should put any additional clothing in the kit bag they will receive along with their race bib at the ATHENS HALF MARATHON EXPO & Registration Centre, to be hosted in the Exhibition Centre HELEXPO MAROUSSI.

Runners should leave their kit bag at the identified area on Amalias Avenue (Zappeion Megaro entrance), at least 20 minutes before the Start. Right after their finish, and assisted by volunteers, runners may collect back their kit bag from the same area, presenting their race bib.

All kit bags need to have the runner's race bib sticker stamped on, clearly visible. All bags should be well closed. Please make sure that your kit bag does not contain any travel documents, jewelry, money or medicines. The Organizing Committee bears no responsibility in case of loss or damage of any valuable items in the bags.

Arriving at the Start

All runners need to be at the Start area at least one hour before the race starts, that is at 10.45am the latest.

Warm-up Area

Runners may warm up in the area behind the Start Line.

Given that the Half Marathon Race is in progress, the runners participating in the 5km Road Race are kindly asked to follow the instructions and guidelines of the Organizing Committee staff as they arrive at the race start area.

Starting Blocks

All runners need to take their place behind the start line at least 15 minutes before the start.

Runners whose race bib states «Block 1» and it is of yellow color are placed at the very first start line. Runners whose race bib states «Block 2» will follow, and so on.

Participants in the 5km Road Race are put in nine (9) different startling blocks. A wave start system of eight (8) different starts is applied.
1st Block - Elite Athletes: 11.45am
2nd Block - The next 550 best finish time: 11.45am
3rd Block - The next 1700 best finish time: 11.46am
4th Block - The next 1700 best finish time: 11.49am
5th Block - The next 1700 best finish time: 11.53am
6th Block - The next 1700 best finish time: 11.57am
7th Block - The next 1700 best finish time & entries without stated finish time: 12.01pm
8th Block - The next 1700 best finish time & entries without stated finish time: 12.05pm
9th Block - The next 1700 best finish time & entries without stated finish time: 12.09pm

During the Race

Feed Zone

A feed zone is available along the course. Bottled water is offered to the runners at the Start, Finish as well as the available feed zone.

5km Road Race - Services

Point (km)









2,3 Hilton




2,5km - Timing

4,4 – Ch. Trikoupi Str.


Check point 4,4km

5 Finish







Time Limit

The 5km Road Race is completed at 13.15, one hour after the last runners of the 9th block have crossed the start line. In case you need more time to complete the race, you should know that you continue at your own responsibility, while your name and finish time will not be recorded in the Official Results of the race. For your own safety, you are asked to continue running/walking on the closest pavement.


Digital chronometer is available at the Finish.


Electronic timing will be recorded at both the Start and the Finish. Additional timing check points are found along the course. The runners who have no timing indication at the Start, the Finish and/or the split timing check points will be disqualified. In order to be registered in the Official Results, runners need to use the race bib with the embedded timing chip they have collected from the Athens Half Marathon EXPO & Registration Centre.

Only those to finish the race within the given time limit are included in the Official Race Results.

Runners Dropping Out

The last group of runners is followed by a bus that picks up those who cannot or do not want to finish the race. If a runner drops out for any reason, he/she needs to get in contact with a staff member or volunteer of the Organizing Committee at any point of the course.

In case no medical assistance is needed, the runner may:

(a) remain where he/she stopped and wait for any authorized vehicle of the Organizing Committee to pick hp/her up and take him/her to the Finish,

(b) remain where he/she stopped and wait for the bus that follows the last group of runners and picks up those who drop out, or

(c) head to the Finish on his/her own responsibility.

At the Finish

Post Race Services

Immediate medical assistance is offered by the event's medical staff at the Finish Line. Just after the finish, runners are offered a finishers' medal and may then proceed to pick up their clothing kit bag. Runners pick up their kit bags from exactly where they left it, presenting their race bib. Volunteers are always present to assist the runners.

Leaving the finish area, bottled water, isotonic drinks, refreshments and bananas are offered to the participants.

Changing Rooms

After collecting back their kit bags, the runners may use the available changing rooms (men and women) on the Zappeion Megaro alley, coming from Amalias Avenue.


Distinction Medals and Certificates are only awarded to the first three Men and Women of General Ranking.

Photo Services

The Athens Half Marathon Organizing Committee is working closely with the well-known International Photo Agency, Marathon-Photos.com from the website of which runners are able to view and order their personal photos 24 hours after the event (www.marathon-photos.com).