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Athens Marathon given green light

Runner's World UK logo Runner's World UK 13/07/2020 Mollie Mcguigan
a person holding a sign: Runners will be split into two waves © ANGELOS TZORTZINIS - Getty Images Runners will be split into two waves

The 2020 Athens Marathon will be staged as planned on 7-8 November 2020 with the event split into two individual races of 5,000 runners in each, an hour apart.

The event’s 10km race will take place on the Saturday, while the 5km, Kids Run and marathon will be held on the Sunday. Participants for each starting wave are yet to be announced. There will be no elite athletes at this year’s event.

Athens Half Marathon, which was supposed to take place on 22 March, will take place on 20 September.

Greece has begun easing its lockdown, with holidaymakers now allowed into the country and UK flights to Greece due to resume on 15 July. However, there has been a spike in imported cases of coronavirus, leading Greek authorities to consider returning to stricter lockdown measures if necessary.

Athens Marathon is one of the few city marathons to take place this autumn. Of the World Marathon Majors events, Boston, New York and Berlin have been cancelled, while March’s Tokyo Marathon will only be open to professional runners. Chicago and London are still on – for now.

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