The coronavirus pandemic has cancelled many events this year including the 2020 Athens Authentic Marathon. But that didn't stop the organising committee from planning a special virtual edition.
"Cancelling the 2020 Athens Marathon event was a very sad decision not only for the Organizers but for the entire running community in Greece and abroad. However, we are optimistic that a new era will dawn soon, the sanitary and health situation will get better, and the world will rise stronger after this difficult period of uncertainty. All together, we will create the circumstances for a healthier and brighter 2021. The running community has a unique dynamic and vividness that, not only, was not restricted, but in the contrary, was enlarged all this time," the announcement said.
The “Athens Marathon. The Authentic – 2020 Virtual Special Edition” or otherwise “Virtual Athens Marathon 2020” will take place from November 8th to 22nd, offering the opportunity to those who wish so, to participate in an alternative event.
Participants may choose between the distances of Marathon, 10km or 5km, and run any course of that distance, on any day from November 8th to 22nd, while they may run the desired distance more than once, improving their time and climbing up to the results ranking.
The Virtual Athens Marathon 2020 entry race kit includes a special medal of this virtual race, the official adidas running t-shirt of the event, and a personalised Participation Certificate. Furthermore, each participant will receive his/her bib number by email along with the entry confirmation note.