The 2020 Athens Half Marathon that was rescheduled to take place on on September 20th, has now been cancelled.
It was initially planned to take place on March 22, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Following the decision recently made by the Health Committee of the Hellenic Secretariat of Sports that prohibits the staging of running outdoor/off-stage events with more than 100 persons involved (participants and staff), the Hellenic Athletics Federation and the City of Athens, in consultation with the Attica Region, announce that the 2020 Athens Half Marathon, scheduled to take place on September 20th, is now cancelled,” the announcement reads.
It also noted that the rescheduled date was approved by all relevant authorities, as health protocols including strict social distancing regulations and measures protecting the Public Health, were authorised.
“The decision for the cancellation of the 2020 Athens Half Marathon event is truly an unpleasant one, which upsets our runners and volunteers. It is evident that at this late stage, the Hellenic Athletics Federation had already proceeded to significant expenses regarding the staging of the race. However, protection of public health is and will always be our top priority,” the announcement continues.
Those who were already registered in the 2020 Athens Half Marathon event will receive a personal email within the next days with information regarding their entry and the possibility to either defer their participation into next year’s event or receive back the entry fee.