02 October 2020, 11am
The Athens Marathon has been cancelled. The organisers have issued the following statement:
It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Athens Marathon scheduled to take place on 7-8 November 2020. All possible efforts were made during discussions and cooperation with the relevant Greek Health Authorities in order to make sure that every possibility for this annual Historic Race to go ahead was explored.
Even by following very strict rules and regulations, staging only the Marathon Race and not the shorter races, reducing the number of participants and having all participants to go through a COVID-19 test before the race (at SEGAS’ expense) was not enough. It seems that even such measures would not secure the absolute safety of runners’ health, which is the top priority. Taking into consideration all the above, we are extremely sorry to announce that the 2020 Athens Marathon will not be held.
Within the coming days the Athens Marathon Organising Committee will contact each of the registered runners via personalised email to inform him or her about the options they have, either deferring registration to next year’s event (2021Athens Marathon) or receiving a full refund of the entry fee already paid.
We are optimistic that after this pandemic is over we will all run together in our races in 2021, a very important year for Greece since it coincides with the bicentennial of the Greek Revolution. Furthermore, and still being in 2020, we wish to inform you that we are proceeding with launching of a new, Special Edition Virtual Race, to be announced within the next days. It is going to be a race for all, full of surprises, that will allow you to test yourself either running alone on the route of your choice, or being joined by a small number of friends and/or family members. The Athens Marathon Organising Committee has decided to proceed with such a Virtual Race, sharing the quest of the international running community for alternative ways in race running participation and offering a way of benefitting from all the hard training they have done over the past few months.
We thank all parties that contributed towards the excellent preparation for the event, and especially OPAP S.A., the Athens Marathon Grand Sponsor, as well as the Attica Region, the Cities of Athens and Marathon, the Hellenic Olympic Committee and the rest of our Sponsors and Supporters. But most of all we thank and applaud the protagonists of the Athens Marathon; the staff members, the thousands of volunteers and participants that through all these years have shown such love and confidence for the Athens Marathon, turning it into a unique race of international status.