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5km Road Race

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Saturday 9 November 2024


General Information

  • The 5km Road Race is open to participants 12 years old (born in 2012) or older. The age of the runners is calculated from the year of birth (not the calendar year).
  • The 5km Road Race will start at 17.00.
  • A time limit of 60 minutes (i.e. 1 hour) has been set for completion of the 5km Road Race.
  • All finishes will be completed by 19:20′ including the time delay of all consecutive starts and the start of the 5km Universities Night Run.
  • All runners participate in the race AT THEIR OWN RISK. The organizers are not responsible for any issues concerning the health of the participants due to lack of preventive medical check-ups. It is recommended that participants have undergone a recent medical examination before participating in the race. Particular attention should be paid by people who are experiencing any form of heart problems. It is also recommended that all participants, regardless of age, have a full cardiac check up before participating in the race. The organizers will not ask for medical certificates from any athlete, as all participants compete at their own risk

Before the Race

Α. Transportation of Runners to the Starting Area

  • Participating runners go to the starting area of the race at their own risk.
  • It is recommended to use the Metro to get to the starting point and to avoid transport by car.
  • Runners must be at Vasilisis Amalias Avenue (at the level of Bodossaki Hall), heading towards Syntagma, at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before the start of the race.
  • On Saturday 9 November 2024 there will be a full traffic ban in the center of Athens from 16.00 and especially on Vass. Amalias Ave. from 15:00.
  • Runners can warm up on Vas. Amalias Ave. at the level of Hadrian’s Gate, behind the starting area or on the grounds of the Zappeion.
  • Warming up in front of the start line will not be allowed.

B. Management of Personal Items & Clothing

Clothing Bags

  • The clothing bag is collected along with the bib number and the corresponding bib number sticker from the Runners’ Center & Marathon EXPO.
  • The sticker with the runner’s bib number must be placed on the bag in a way that it is clearly visible, making it easier for volunteers to return it to the right runner after the finish.
  • Runners must place their required personal belongings and clothing inside. Ideally it should contain only clothing. It must not contain travel documents, money, valuables or medicines. SEGAS and the Organizing Committee of the event do not bear any responsibility in case of loss of valuables.
  • The Organizing Committee does not accept any other backpacks, bags etc., except for the special bags that it provides to the runners.
  • The bag must be delivered to the specially designed area within the Alea of Zappeion no later than 30 minutes before the first start of the 5km Road Race, i.e. by 16:30.
  • After the finish line, the bags can be collected by showing your bib number at the same place where you handed it in.

Attention: Bags that are not properly collected by participants after the end of the race, will be collected and stored at the Marathon Office of SEGAS for a period of 15 days.
After this time the bags and their contents will be discarded.

Start of Race

Starting blocks – Positioning of Runners at the Start

  • All runners are positioned in blocks at the starting area. The block is indicated on the bib number of each runner.
  • The distribution of runners in blocks is based on their best finish time during the last three years (2022-2024) in a race with a certified route (see the here), as registered by them in their registration form and checked by the SEGAS’ Marathon Office. Failure to indicate a best finish time or if an incorrect/invalid finish time is stated on the entry form, will result in the automatic allocation of the runners in one of the last blocks.
  • Runner warm-up must be completed twenty (20) minutes before the start.
  • Fifteen (15) minutes before the start all athletes must have taken their place in their respective block.
  • Entry to the blocks is from the back.
  • Early entry to the block can ensure a place in the first rows of the block and is essentially a “reward”.
  • The starting blocks are defined along Vas. Amalias Ave. (at the level of Bodossaki Hall), heading towards of Syntagma.

Starting Procedure

  • A “wave start” system is used.
  • After the start of each block, the rest of the blocks move gradually until it is their turn to start.
  • A total of seventeen (17) consecutive starts are given with a few minutes between each start.
  • Athletes starting from blocks to which they are not assigned are checked electronically and will be automatically disqualified and deleted from the results table.
  • The starting time for each block is indicative and will be finalized two weeks before the race.
TimeStart of the 5km Road Race
17:001st block– distinguished athletes & the 1200 best performers <25m
17:032nd block – the next 1500 best performers <30m
17:063rd block – the next 1500 best performers <36m
17:104th block – next 1500 performers >36m – no best performance
17:155th block – next 1500 best performers >36m – no best performance
17:206th block – next 1500 best performers >36m – no best performance
17:257th block – next 1500 best performers >36m – no best performance
17:308th block – next 1500 best performers >36m – no best performance
17:359th block – next 1500 best performers >36m – no best performance
17:4010th block – next 1500 best performers >36m – no best performance
17:4511th block – next 1500 best performers >36m – no best performance
17:5012th block – next 1500 best performers >36m – no best performance
17:5513th block – next 1500 best performers >36m – no best performance
18:0014th block – next 1500 best performers >36m – no best performance
18:0515th block – next 1500 best performers >36m – no best performance
18:1016th block – next 1500 best performers >36m – no best performance
18:1517th block – next 1500 best performers >36m – no best performance
18:20The last runner crosses the start line
19:20End of time limit to complete the Race


Α. Map & Route Description

The route is as follows: – Amalias Ave., Panepistimiou Str., Riga Feraiou Str., right Akademias, left Vas. Sofias Ave., turn around on Vas. Sofia – intersection NIMITS, Vas. Sofias (in front of the Hilton), Irodou Attikou, enter the Propylaea of Panathinaikos Stadium – Enter Panathinaikos Stadium and finish running on the tracks of the Stadiumon the left side.

Β. Services

Health Coverage on the Route

  • The Organizing Committee of the event provides health coverage for the race.
  • EKAB (National Emergency Aid Centre) and rescue teams provide health coverage.
  • Medical assistance is provided along the race route at each station.
  • Ambulances are scattered along key spots
  • An ambulance follows the last runners.
  • Paramedics/ First Aid Volunteers are present along the entire route of the race, providing first aid and communicating with race health officials.

Supply stations – Water supply

  • Bottled water is provided to runners at the start and finish.
  • There is 1 supply station along the route at 2.8 km.

Electronic timekeeping

  • Runners must wear their bib number (with the embedded timing chip) on their chest.
  • The bib number must be visible and not be covered. Otherwise it is possible that the intermediate times will not be recorded and the athlete will not be included in the results of the race.
  • The runner’s bib number with the embedded timing chip is the athlete’s ID for the specific race.
  • If the runner needs assistance, his/ her details will be retrieved from the online platform through their bib number.
  • At 1,3 and 4th kilometer, there are electronic timing control zones for recording intermediate times.
  • Any athlete who does not have an electronic sign at the start, the split timing zones and the finish will not be included in the official results.

In order to be included in the final results – where their final performance and intermediate times are announced – and to receive a certificate of participation and performance, runners must:

  1. Validly participate in the race (valid registration, bib number, etc.)
  2. Start from the correct block
  3. Show a time indication in the electronic control zones; and
  4. Finish within the time limit for completion of the race.


  • A vehicle with a digital timer on its roof will precede the first runner
  • Timers will also be available at points along the route.
  • There is a digital timer at the finish line.

Toiletes – WC

  • Chemical toilets are available at the race supply stations.
  • At each station there will be four toilets (2 men’s – 2 women’s) and one for disabled participants.

Kilometric Indications

There is an indication at every kilometer of the race route.

Collection of Runners who Drop Out of the Race

A very important service for runners is their recovery if they have to drop out of the race.

The last runners are followed by a vehicle of the Organizing Committee, which takes those who cannot or do not wish to complete their effort to the finish line.

If a runner drops out, they should head to the nearest supply station or contact an official or volunteer of the Organizing Committee at any point along the route.

 If a runner does not require medical assistance, they can:

  1. remain at the place where they stopped, until they are picked up by a vehicle of the organization that will take them to the finish line
  2. wait for the vehicle following the last runners, which collects athletes who drop out,
  3. head towards the finish line at their own risk.

Any athletes who continue their effort beyond the specified time limit, at any point of the course, must be aware that they do so at their own risk. The Traffic Police will gradually open the race route to traffic, after the last runner has passed through the supply stations within the specified time limit.


  • The regulations of World Athletics (WA), the International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and the Hellenic Athletics Association (SEGAS) are adhered to.
  • Participation of athletes with racing or manual wheelchairs (category H1-5) is permitted provided that they have been registered and that the Organizing Committee is aware of this.
  • For this category there is a separate start 5 minutes before the start of the race (1st starting block).
  • The values of fair play are intertwined with the values of the races of the Authentic Marathon. This requires mutual understanding and assistance between the runners before, during and after the race, as required by sporting ideals and ethics. Individual runners and groups of runners must respect their teammates and not interfere with each other in their efforts.
  • Any runner who does not complete their effort within the specified time (60 minutes), must stop their effort and be transported to the finish line by Organizing Committee officials. For this reason there are specific transit times from the supply stations (See below “Time limits for completion of the race”). If they decide to continue on their own risk, they must move to the pavement and continue their effort there. This is necessary for the safety of the runners, as after the indicated hours the route of the race is gradually opened to vehicular traffic.
  • Use of headphones during the race is allowed at a low volume, so that all runners are aware of their surroundings and are able to hear any announcements made by the Organizing Committee.
  • Participation in the race is not permitted without sports clothing.
  • Participation of runners accompanied by pets is not permitted, nor is participation with the support of a motorbike or other means, e.g. bicycle, scooter, skates, rollers
  • Movement of escorts among athletes, obstruction of their movement, failure to show the special permit and non-compliance with the instructions of the Traffic Police and the organizers of the organization will result in the immediate expulsion of offenders from the route and disqualification of accompanied athletes.
  • Athletes may not be accompanied by non-motorized or motorized means (e.g., bicycle, motorcycle).

Time Limits for Completion of the Race

1st station 2.8km18:51
Inversion 3.05km18:55

In case of non-compliance with the rules, the race judges and the Organizing Committee officials may exclude athletes and delete them from the results table after the race, after evaluating objections, electronic and visual material.

Access to the Race Route – Observing the 5km Road Race

All race routes are free of vehicular traffic. Non-participants (spectators, escorts, etc.) do not have the right to circulate in the stream of the road where the athletes are running regardless of means of transport. The lanes next to the ones where the athletes are running remains at the disposal of the Traffic Police, the ambulance and the support vehicles of the event.

Observation of the event races by spectators, escorts and friends of the runners and their movement is allowed only in the ways indicated on the special maps (Metro, public transport outside the race route).

Finish Line

  • Runners without a bib number are not allowed to participate in the race and finish. Their entry to the Panathenaic Stadium will be blocked.
  • The runners finish by running the last 170 meters on the tartan of Panathenaic Stadium.
  • The course to the finish is indicated by judges and volunteers and is marked by cones.
  • The athletes finish on the left side of the Stadium.

Procedures after the Finish

Services – Pickup Procedure

  • After finishing all runners must continue walking towards the exit to avoid crowding and to facilitate the finish of the remaining athletes.
  • Medical assistance, if needed, will be provided by the medical staff at the finish area.
  • The runners receive their finish medal and head towards the exit of the Stadium.
  • Using the special ramp they reach the stadium’s forecourts.
  • There they are provided with water, juice and bananas.
  • Runners head to the area where they dropped off their bags to be picked up with their personal belongings.
  • Runners can return to the stadium stands by following the instructions of the volunteers to watch their teammates finish.
  • Only runners who have a bib number and complete the race, as well as the members of the Organizing Committee who have the relevant accreditation, will have access to the stadium’s competition area.

Awarding of Prizes

All runners who successfully finish the race are awarded a commemorative medal.

Trophies (medal and certificate) are awarded only to the first three in the overall ranking of Men and Women of the 5km Road Race. A Cup is awarded only to the first athlete of the race.

Results & Certificates of Participation

During the race there will be continuous information about the results on the event’s website. At the end of each race, the official results of the first runners are announced immediately.

The unofficial results for all participants will be announced on the event’s website after the end of the races, allowing anyone interested to submit a written objection within five (5) calendar days. Once any objections have been recorded, investigated and resolved the Official Results are posted.

After the announcement of the Official Results and within a few days, the runners included in the results will be able to download their individual Certificates of Participation free of charge, from the website of the official Photo Agency of the event:

Photography Services

The Organizing Committee collaborates with the international photo agency Marathon Photos. Participants can purchase personal photos of the race from the website: within 48 hours after the end of the event.

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