New Date for the 2020 Athens Half Marathon due to anti-Covid 19 measues - To be held on 20 September 2020

Given the approved Health Protocal on Road Races by the appropriate authorities of the Greek State, there are changes in the time schedule and structure of the 2020 Athens Half Marathon event


You need to know that...

In order for anyone to be eligible to participate in the Half Marathon Race, he/she needs to be at least 18 years old (born in 2002 or older).


Course- NEW ROUTE: Ring Route (Rigillis - Mesogeion Avenue - Omonoia)
The New Half Marathon Route goes as follows:

Syntagma Square, Amalias - Panepistimiou – Aiolou (left) – Stadiou (left) – Syntagma Square – Amalias (right) – Amalias/Olgas Junction – Amalias (Andrianou Arch) – Athanasiou Diakou (left) - Kalirrois/Vouliagmenis/Arditou Junction – Arditou (left) - Olgas/Vas. Konstantinou Junction – straight on Vas. Konstantinou (Fokianos) – Vas. Konstantinou to Eratosthenous – Vas. Sofias – Mesogeion (right) – Feidippidou (left) - Vas. Sofias/Kifisias/Alexandras Junction – Alexandras (right) – Alexandras/Patision Junction – Patision (right, Kypseli side) – U turn on Kefallinias – Patision (Sepolia side) – Marnis (right) – 3rd September (left) – Omonoia – Panepistimiou (left) - Patision (left) – Stournari (Polytechnio side towards Patisia – Alexandras (right of Egypt Square) – Alexandreas (city centre side) – Vas. Sofias/Kifisias/Alexandras Junction – Zacharof (right) – Vas. Sofias (city centre side) – Vas. Konstantinou (city centre side) – Vas. Georgiou (right) – Rigillis (right) – Vas. Sofias (left) – Akadimias (right) – Chalkokondili – Patision (left) – Panepistimiou (left) – Finish: Amalias


Before the Race

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 SERAFEIO SPORTS & EXHIBITION CENTRE.

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

Runners need to be at the Start area at least one hour before the race starts. After 05.00am no vehicles circulation will be allowed anywhere in the city centre of Athens.


Warm-up Area

Runners may warm up on Amalias Avenue, behind the Start area (towards Vas. Olgas Avenue).


Starting Blocks

All runners need to take their place behind the start line at least 15 minutes before the start of the Race. Detailed information on blocks layout and placements will be announced within the next days.

Starting the race from a different block than the designated one will result to the disqualification of the runner while no indication of his/her finish time will appear in the Official Results of the Race.


Feed Zones

Feed zones for those participating in the Half Marathon Race are available along the course as below.

Feed Zone (km) Services Timing
Start MED WC Water     Timing Zone
3.2 & 13.8km MED WC Water     Control Zone (1.6 &16.7km)
6.2 & 16.7km MED WC Water Power Drink   Control Zone (9.5km)
9.3km MED WC Water     1km Timing Zone
11.7km MED WC Water Power Drink   Control Zone (19.2km)
19.2km MED WC Water     Control Zone (13.3km)
Finish(21.1km) MED WC Water Power Drink Bananas Timing Zone

Time Limit

The Half Marathon Race is completed at 11.35am, 4 hours after the start, taking under consideration the real start time of the last group of runners. In case you need more time to complete the race (see timetable and feed zones closing hours below), you should know that you continue ON YOUR OWN responsibility. For your own safety, you are asked to continue running/walking on the closest pavement

This is a mandatory rule for reasons related to the safety of runners and vehicles circulation. Runners are asked to make sure that they follow these instructions in all cases.


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.


Timelines and Feed Zones Hours

Feed Zones


First and Last Runner




3.2 & 13.8km

Fokianos – Vas. Konstantinou


6.2 & 16.7km

Alexandras Ave. & Panormou Str.



Patision Ave. & Pipinou Str.



Klafthmonos Square



Egypt Square – Alexandras Ave. & Patision Ave.


21.1km / Finish

Syntagma Square


It is anticipated that the 1st  Winner of the Half Marathon race will finish at about 1h07' - 1h09'.

Runners to continue running/walking beyond the above timelines at any part of the course, should be aware that they run/walk ON THEIR OWN RESPONSIBILITY. After closing of each feed zone as above, vehicles circulation is gradually allowed on the relevant roads/streets.



Digital chronometer is available at the Finish line as well as on the top of the car moving in front of the leading group of runners.


Timing - Results

Electronic timing will be recorded at both the Start and the Finish, as well as at the 10km (split time). Additional timing check points are found along the Half Marathon course as shown in the table above. The runners who have no timing indication at the Start, the Finish, the 10km 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.

Especially for 2020, Race Results and Ranking will be announced based on the runners' net time.


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 alley leading to the Zappeio Megaro coming from Amalias Avenue.



Distincion Medals will only be 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, from the website of which runners are able to view and order their personal photos 24 hours after the event (