Given the current situation provoked by the anti-Covid 19 measures, and the approved, by the approved authorites of the Greek State, Health Protocal for Road Races, the new time schedule of the 2021 Athens Half Marathon is as follows:

The Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS) and the City of Athens have joined forces over the last years and are co-organizing in the most successful way a popular sport event held on the streets of the Athens city centre. Starting from 2012, when it was held for the first time, the Athens Half Marathon event is experiencing major success not only with regard to the level of organization and services offered but to massive participation in the event as well.

The ATHENS HALF MARATHON has launched since 2015 a Charity and Social Liability Program, that follows the steps and successful practices of Athens Marathon, the Authentic. The Charity Organizations that are part of the Athens Half Marathon Charity Program do actively participate in the entire Athens Half Marathon event, sensitizing the Greek and international community on their objectives and goals, using it as an awareness tool and a donations platform.

For any question or enquiry with regard to the ATHENS HALF MARATHON event, you may contact us as below:


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In the context of rescheduling the 2021 Athens Half Marathon event, the following protocol is submitted as the proposed plan for the staging of the Athens Half Marathon event on September 12th, 2021.

The current Protocol includes rules and regulations rules and regulations that govern the staging of a Road Race Event as well as the health measures and procedures that shall be followed during, before or after the event and in the purpose of it. This Protocol shall be regularly reviewed in consultation with the appropriate medical scientific staff and partners of SEGAS, in accordance with the indications by the relevant Health Committee of Ministry of Sports and always based on the epidemiologic data at the time.    


REGISTRATION & PARTICIPATION RULES

The right to register and participate in the 2021 Athens Half Marathon event, have the runners who will be fully vaccinated against COVID 19 and runners with proof of recovery from COVID-19, up to 15 days before receiving their participation kit from the Registration Center, as well as those who meet the current and valid conditions for participation, as reported by the clarifying instructions of the General Secretariat of Sports, before the date of the event.

DETAILS OF THE ORGANIZATION - NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

The co-organization of the 2021 ATHENS HALF MARATHON (AHM) with the City of Athens (OPAN.DA) and the cooperation - support and approval of the Attica Region, includes the following road races:

  • Athens Half Marathon


  • 5km Road Race

The right to register and participate in the 2021 Athens Half Marathon event, have the runners who will be fully vaccinated against COVID 19 and runners with proof of recovery from COVID-19, up to 15 days before receiving their participation kit from the Registration Center, as well as those who meet the current and valid conditions for participation, as reported by the clarifying instructions of the General Secretariat of Sports, before the date of the event, to ensure a safe return to sporting activities.

• Half Marathon runners will be allocated to starting blocks keeping the social distancing rule of 1.5 -2m in horizontal and vertical direction. The starting blocks’ setup will take place in Amalia Avenue, with dimensions of 12m wide and 100m length, 1.2 acres for each block (check below the “runners’ safe positioning” plan).

• 5km runners will be allocated in starting blocks keeping the social distancing rule of 2m in horizontal and vertical direction. The starting block’s setup will take place in Stadiou Avenue, with dimensions of 12m wide and 100m length, 1.2 acres for each block (check below the “runners’ safe positioning” plan).


TRANSPORTATION

Any transportation required for participants/ volunteers/ staff members and partners, before and after the event, will be conducted according to the Guidelines issued by the National Public Health Organization concerning transportation and that will be valid on September 2021. In cases where vehicles are used by the event organizer, all passengers including drivers/escorts are required to wear double protective masks.

 

REGISTRATION CENTER – EXPO

REGISTRATION CENTER

For the purposes of organizing the 2021 ATHENS HALF MARATHON event, all participants are required to collect their bib number and registration kit from the Registration Center. The Registration Center of the 2021 Athens Half Marathon will be hosted at the SERAFIO SPORTS & EXHIBITION CENTER (in an open and closed space of the Sports Center).

REGISTRATION CENTER OPERATION

In order to sufficiently accommodate and safely service all registered runners, the Registration Center will operate under the following regulations:

Operation of six (6) days, from Monday, September 6th 2021 to Saturday, September 11th 2021 and the services that will be provided per day as will be as followed:

  • Monday - Tuesday (2 days): Group registrations’ kit collection from companies / organizations / clubs / gyms etc. service

 ✓The pick-up process will take place outside the SERAFIO Sports Center, where service stations will be set up every 5m.

  • Wednesday - Saturday (4 days): Individual registrations/participants runners’ kit collection service

✓ Participants are required to pick up their registration kits on specific days, based on the race they participate.

→ On Wednesday & Thursday, runners registered in the 5km Road Race will collect their kit.
Attendance on these two days will be scheduled based on the bib number, so that there is a sparse allocation of all participants to be serviced in the two days.

→ On Friday & Saturday runners registered in the Half Marathon Race will collect their kit.
Attendance on these two days will be scheduled based on the bib number, so that there is a sparse allocation of all participants to be serviced in the two days.

 ✓ The Registration Centre has a certain number of booths from where runners pick-up their own bib number and race kit, which is relevant to the overall number of runners to be welcomed. The booths will be at least 2m apart (right and left) and at least 6m when they are placed facing each other.

✓There will be signage stickers on the floor in order to indicate to the runners the exact spot they should stand while they are waiting to be served. These stickers will be placed at a distance of 2m from each other.

In the Center only 60 participants are allowed to be simultaneously in the area at the same time. It is estimated that the average time spent indoors by each participant/ visitor will range from 5 to 15 minutes.

The Registration Center will be staffed by 20 employees and additional volunteers of 30 people at any time. This number can be lower or higher depending on the needs per day.

Participants will be informed in advance about the events’ procedures via personalized email communication. They are required to follow the rules from the moment they enter the venue and will be mandatory to wear a protective mask during their stay at the Registration Center.

The entrance of the Registration Center will be staffed with personnel that will monitor the visitors flow and, if needed, they will temporarily suspend the entrance in case the maximum number of visitors inside the Registration Center is reached.

At the entrance of the Registration Center and before entering the venue, the staff checks those who meet the conditions for participation, as are reported and are valid based on the clarifying instructions of the General Secretariat of Sports, before the date of the event.

HYGIENE RULES

Volunteers, staff and associates who will be at the Registration Center will wear a protective mask and will be frequently disinfecting their hands with antiseptic gel for as long as they are present in the area.

Antiseptic hand gel will be available at each booth for volunteers / employees / associates, as well as participants / visitors.

All Registration Center areas and rooms shall be thoroughly cleaned and vacuumed regularly throughout each day and at the end of it, according to the instructions of the National Public Health Organization for cleaning / disinfection of non-sanitary areas:

https://eody.gov.gr/odigies-gia-ton-perivallontiko-katharismo-mi ygeionomikon-monadon-poy-echoyn-ektethei-ston-io-sars-cov-2 /

In case of a potential health incident, a specific room shall be identified in order to be used, either among volunteers, staff or participants that are present in the area. Such a room shall be in distance to the other areas of the Registration Center.

Medical Staff shall be present and will be responsible to manage the dedicated safe space. In the dedicated closed space, the use of double protective mask is recommended.

To manage a covid-19 case in participants/technical or volunteer staff, instructions by the National Public Health Organization for the general population will be followed,:

https://eody.gov.gr/wp-ontent/uploads/2020/11/COVID19-lixi-karantinas apomonosis.pdf

 

SIGNAGE

Appropriate and adequate signage shall be on site (indoor and outdoor), reminding the visitors the social distancing guidelines (2m), as well as the instructions of the Organizing Committee.

In addition, material will be sent via email to all those related to the event, with the rules of operation of the Registration Center, as well as the rules that runners must follow during the race day.

ΕΧΡΟ

For the purposes of organizing the 2021 ATHENS HALF MARATHON event, the EXPO (Exhibition with booths outside the Registration Center) will be held parallel to the event’s Registration Center.  In this case the operation of EXPO will be limited to the days Wednesday to Saturday. The operation of EXPO shall abide by the specific Regulations for Exhibitions in Greece issued by the National Public Health Organization and the appropriate Ministry that will be valid on September 2021.

The booths will be installed by taking into account all the rules and guidelines for keeping social distances, while a specific flow of traffic in the area (one-way) will be determined, in order to limit the contacts and to prevent crowding.



RACE DAY

A. Half Marathon Road

Start Time 07.30am / Race Completion Time 11.00am

Before the Start

Arrival of participants at the starting area (Amalias Avenue, in front of the Unknown Soldier Monument)

• The arrival of the participants shall be from all METRO stations surrounding the starting area, following specific instructions and recommendations, from 06:30 am to 07:00 am.

• 50% of the participants will be asked to arrive at the starting area from 06.30am to 06.45am using the Metro stations "Evangelismos" - "Panepistimio" - "Syntagma".

• The second 50% of the participants will be asked to arrive at the starting area from 06.45am to 07.00am using the Metro stations "Syntagma" - "Monastiraki" - "Acropolis".

• Arrival instructions will be communicated to participants in detail, via printed and electronic material. The main concern is the encouragement and instruction for the use of all the stations that enable the approach to the starting area - with additional walking towards it- in order to achieve the separation / dispersion of the runners’ arrival and to prevent overcrowding.

• It is recommended to all runners to wear a protective mask from their arrival on the race site until their start, ie until they take position on the special fixed position indications. There will be a large number of waste bins in appropriate places in the starting blocks to dispose of the protective masks.

• Runners may leave their clothing at the designated areas, having put it in advance in the plastic kit bags given to them by the Organizing Committee. The handover will take place in two different spots based on the time of arrival of the runners at the starting point and the starting block in which they have been assigned to. Specifically, runners who have an arrival time of 06.30am-06.45am shall leave their kit bags in the designated area next to Zappeion Megaron (towards Amalias Street). Runners who have an arrival time, 06.45am to 07.00am shall leave their kit bags in the designated area at the exit of Zappeion Megaron to V. Olgas Avenue ("Fytorio"). This arrangement is intended to create dispersion at the entrance and exit of the Zappeion alley.

• It is recommended to runners who wish to warm up to do it individually (running, flexibility exercises, etc.) in the areas behind the start, to avoid running in groups and to avoid areas where there is crowding.

• Runners are advised not to have accompanying visitors/ spectators with them on their arrival and generally during their stay on the race grounds.


Start Area/ Starting Procedure

• The runners of the Half Marathon Road will be distributed in different blocks, each of which will have a dimension of 1,000sqm and will include about 500 people as a final participation limit. The line up of the blocks will be along Amalias Avenue.

• Each block will be about 100m long, in order to allow runners to follow the rule of social distancing of 1.5m - 2m between them, in a horizontal and vertical direction. It is noted that the width of each block is 12m.

• When the runners enter their starting block, as well as the next block, they will be placed - according to the rule of 1.5m-2m social distancing - in specific rows of 8-9 people each. In the start block there will be a clear instruction for the (mandatory) waiting position of each runner.

• Runners will enter the area of ​​the safe place block, in which they have been placed according to the following schedule:

Block 1: Until 07.15am
Block 2: Until 07.45am

• The participants in each block and in each row are determined by name in advance from the timing system and carry a personalized timing chip on their bib number, so that they maintain their specific and certain placement in the starting block, and to ensure that their position in the block is checked, at the start, on the route (via the electronic control and timing points) and at the finish.

• Having previously maintained a mandatory waiting position for the start, the runners will start in certain order - maintaining the pre-existing distances between them in every direction. The runners will start in 5-6 rows (about 50 participants).

• It should be noted that the runners are allocated in the starting blocks (without the possibility of arbitrary change) based on their performance, thus ensuring a unified movement rate for those belonging to a specific starting block, resulting in the least possible runners overtaking throughout the race and the smallest possible crowding with other runners, in addition to those around.

• The distance from the end of the 1st, to the beginning of the 2nd starting block is set at 8-10m.

• The start time delay from block to block can extend up to 10 minutes. To the time required to evacuate the starting block is added a) the time required to place the runners of the next block in the mandatory individual waiting position / stop for the next start and b) an additional time of 3-4 minutes.

• For a distance of at least 200m - 300m (3,000 m2) after the start, there will be a flow indicator in order to indicate to the runners the path to follow and the distances that are recommended to be followed.

• Simultaneous start, without maintaining the social distancing rule of 1.5-2m, will be applied only for the start of the National Hellenic Half Marathon Championship organized by SEGAS which is held parallel to the 2021 Athens Half Marathon. In order for an athlete to be able to participate in the National Hellenic Half Marathon Championship - in addition to all other terms, conditions and procedures set out in the relevant Announcement of the National Hellenic Half Marathon Championship and the Althlete Card- must provide the relevant certificate of full vaccination up to 15 days before the pick-up of the participation kit from the Registration Center.

 

Race Procedures - Finish and After Finish

• During the race it is recommended and supervised that the runners keep as long distances as possible and adapt to the following:

✓Running side by side is safe only when a distance of 2m is maintained between the runners.

✓Running in a stepped formation (one in front and the other rear right or left) is safe only when an imaginary lateral distance of 2m is observed between the runners.

✓Runners should not be allowed to run in groups with distances shorter than those listed above.

• Runners should wear a T-shirt, which in no case should they remove before, during or after the finish until the pick-up of their kit bag.

• The race schedule and the partial start of the runners' blocks are done in such a way as to make the gathering of the runners completely manageable and controlled, both during the route and at the finish.

• The Finishing Area of ​​the Half Marathon Race is located at the top of Syntagma Square (in front of the Unknown Soldier Monument).

• The Award Ceremonies for the first three winners of the race will be held in full compliance with the rules of social distancing and limitation of contacts and only with the winners’ presence.

• After the finish, runners come across the Finish Feed Zone, where they are given bottled water, refreshments and/ or isotonic drinks. At the same time they receive the finisher medal. This procedure is contactless. The volunteers leave on the table in front of them drinks along with the medal and the runner picks them up himself/herself.

• Finally, runners receive back their kit bag from the designated area, having disinfected their hands with antiseptic hand gel or liquid that will be available in the area.

• Then, the participants leave for their place of residence according to the instructions of the National Public Health Organization on travel.

• Spectators and accompanying persons will move exclusively outside the railings that have been placed to the right and left of the road that is to be used by the participants. With continuous announcements through speakers but also with the encouragement of the volunteers and the staff of the event, it is recommended that spectators maintain social distances and the rules of the event.

• The transportation of participants / volunteers / employees / judges / collaborators for the purposes of the event both before and after the race will be carried out in accordance with the Health Protocol of the National Public Health Organization that will be valid on September 2021. In cases where vehicles by the event are used, it is necessary to use double protective mask.

 B. 5km Road Races

Road Race 5km A:  Start Time 10.45am
Road Race 5km B:  Start Time 12.00pm

ATTENTION: The start takes place on the lower side of Syntagma Square (at the height of Othonos Street, in the direction of Filellinon Street), while the end of the two races takes place on the upper side of Syntagma Square (Tomb of Unknown Soldier).

Before Startup Arrival / Arrival of participants at the starting points (Syntagma Square, Stadiou Avenue)

• The arrival of the participants shall be from all METRO stations of the perimeter racing area with specific instructions and recommendations / prompt / guidance, from 10:00 to 12:00, and according to the schedule of the two individual races:

✓  For the 5km Road Race A, arrival at 10:00 am - 10:30 am

✓  For the 5km Road Race B arrival at 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Metro Stations to be used: "Syntagma" - "Omonia" - "University".

• Arrival instructions will be communicated to participants in detail via printed and electronic material. The main concern is the encouragement and instruction for the use of all the stations that enable the approach to the starting area with additional walking towards it, in order to achieve the separation - dispersion of the arrival of the runners and to prevent crowding.

• It is recommended that all runners shall wear a protective mask from their arrival on the area until their start, ie until they take a position on the special fixed position indications. There will be a large number of waste bins in appropriate places on the starting blocks, in order to dispose of the protective masks.

• Runners can leave their clothing at a designated area, having put it in advance in the plastic kit bags given to them by the Organizing Committee.

• Due to the short distance of the race, it is recommended to the runners not to hand over the plastic kit bag and to carry it with them on the route.

• Runners are advised not to be accompanied by visitors/ spectators on arrival and generally during their stay on the race grounds.

Starting area placement – Race start procedure

• The runners of each 5km Road Race (A & B) will be allocated in different blocks, each of which will have a dimension of 1,000sqm and with max 500 people participation limit. The line up of the blocks will follow through length on Stadiou Avenue.

• Each block will be about 100m long, in order to allow runners to follow the rule of social distancing 1.5m -2m between them in horizontal and vertical direction. It is noted that the width of each block is 10m.

• When the runners enter their starting block, as well as the next block, they will be placed - according to the rule of 1.5m. - 2m social distancing - in specific rows of 7-8 people each. In the starting block there will be a clear instruction for the (mandatory) waiting position of each runner.

• The runners will enter their designated block according to the following schedule:

5km Road Race A: Until 10.15am

5km Road Race B: Until 11.30pm

• The participants in each block and in each row are determined by name in advance from the timing system and carry a personalized timing chip on their bib number, so that they maintain their specific and certain placement in the starting block, and to ensure that their position in the block is checked, at the start, on the route (via the electronic control and timing points) and at the finish.

• Having previously maintained a mandatory waiting position for the start, the runners start in succession - maintaining the pre-existing distances between them in every direction. The runners will start in 5-6 rows (about 50 participants).

• It should be noted that the runners are allocated in the starting blocks (without the possibility of arbitrary change) based on their performance, thus ensuring a unified movement rate for those belonging to a specific starting block, resulting in the least possible runners overtaking throughout the race and the smallest possible crowding with other runners, in addition to those around.

• The distance from the end of the 1st to the beginning of the 2nd starting block is set at 3-5m.

• The start time delay from block to block can extend up to 10 minutes. To the time required to evacuate the starting block is added a) the time required to place the runners of the next block in the mandatory individual waiting position / stop for the next start and b) an additional time of 3-4 '.

• For a distance of at least 200m - 300m (3,000 m2) after the start, there will be a flow indicator in order to point out the course and the distances that need to be maintained.

Race Procedure - Finish and After Finish

• During the race it is recommended and will be supervised that the runners keep as long distances as possible and adapt to the following:

✓Running side by side is safe only when a distance of 2m is maintained between the runners.

✓Running in a stepped formation (one in front and the other rear right or left) is safe only when an imaginary lateral distance of 2m is observed between the runners.

✓Runners should not be allowed to run in groups with distances shorter than those listed above.

• Runners should wear a T-shirt, which in no case should be removed before, during or after the finish until the pick-up of the bag with their clothes.

• The race schedule and the partial start of the runners' blocks are done in such a way as to make the gathering of the runners completely manageable and controlled, both during the route and at the finish.

• The Finishing Area of ​​the Half Marathon Race is located at the top of Syntagma Square (in front of the Unknown Soldier Monument).

• The Award Ceremonies to the first three winners of the race will be held in full compliance with the rules of social distancing and limitation of contacts and only with the presence of the winners.

• After the finishers come across the Finish Feed Zone and , they are given bottled water, refreshments and/ or isotonic drinks. At the same time they receive the finisher medal. This procedure is contactless. The volunteers leave on the table in front of them drinks along with the medal and the runner picks them up himself/herself.

• Finally, runners receive back their clothing kit bag from the designated area, having disinfected their hands with antiseptic hand gel or liquid that is available there.

• Then, the participants leave for their place of residence according to the instructions of the National Public Health Organization on travel.

• Spectators and accompanying persons will move exclusively outside the railings that have been placed to the right and left of the road that is to be used by the participants. With continuous announcements through speakers but also with the encouragement of the volunteers and the staff of the event, a recommendation will be made to the spectators to maintain social distances and the rules of the event.

• The transportation of participants / volunteers / employees / judges / collaborators for the purposes of the event both before and after the race will be carried out in accordance with the Health Protocol of the National Public Health Organization that will be valid in September 2021. In cases where vehicles by the event are used, it is necessary to use double protective mask.



RACE SUPPORT – ORGANIZING COMMITTEE STAFF

All Organizing Committee Staff and Volunteers shall be well trained and in full awareness of the procedures, rules and regulations to be followed during the Event. All Organizing Committee Staff involved in supporting the event will be fully vaccinated against COVID 19 or hold proof of recovery from COVID-19 or have undergone: a 48-hour PCR molecular test or rapid test within 24 hours before the race, but also before each procedure (Registration Center).

Employees / volunteers / judges / associates will wear a protective mask. Gloves will be worn by water station volunteers throughout their involvement in the event. The protective mask will be changed regularly as per the instructions of the National Public Health Organization. Waste bins shall be available in all areas, where masks and gloves may be thrown.

There shall be strict access control at every support area of the Event during the Race Day. Access will be allowed only to those that have the appropriate credentials on their accreditation. The number of persons that may be present at each area shall be relevant to the size (sqm) of the area and on the condition that the social distancing rule of 1.5m is always followed.

Among the support areas of the Event, a certain isolated room will be foreseen, where potential health incidents (one or more) shall be treated, whether they concern runners, volunteers, staff and/or partners.  The use of a double mask is strongly recommended in the closed area of ​​isolation of a potential health incident. For covid-19 case management in participants, technical or volunteer staff, the instructions of the National Public Health Organization for the general population shall be followed:

https://eody.gov.gr/wp-ontent/uploads/2020/11/COVID19-lixi-karantinas apomonosis.pdf

Support areas shall be thoroughly cleaned regularly throughout the day of the race and will be preceded by extensive disinfection before use, according to the instructions of the National Public Health Organization for cleaning / disinfection of non-sanitary areas:

https://eody.gov.gr/odigies-gia-ton-perivallontiko-katharismo-mi ygeionomikon-monadon-poy-echoyn-ektethei-ston-io-sars-cov-2 /


 

INFORMING THE PARTICIPANTS

 All Participants will be constantly informed about all aspects of the Event, Rules, Regulations and Procedures to be followed

In order to keep the runners informed, the Organizing Committee will:

• Send out regular newsletters and personalized emails. As we get closer to the Race Day such communication will become more frequent.

• Install specific signage in all areas at the Registration Center as well as in several areas along the race course, the Start Area and Finish, during the Race Day.

• Make Regular Audio Announcements during the Race Day, reminding runners of the rules that apply and the procedures to be followed, the instructions and guidelines issued by the Organizing Committee, the National Public Health Organization and the General Secretariat of Sports.