In order for someone to participate in the 5km & 10km Road Race, he/she should be at least 12 years old.
BEFORE LEAVING YOUR RESIDENCY
Make sure you have the following:
• Bib number and safety pins (timing chip is integrated into the bib number),
• Kit plastic bag and baggage label attached on it so that it is clearly visible.
GETTING TO THE START
Participants are kindly requested to reach the start area on Vas. Amalias Avenue, Syntagma (near the Bodossakis Foundation Mansion where Eurobank is housed) using public transport. Please bear in mind that runners need to be at the start area at least one (1) hour before the start of their selected race (7:00 a.m. for the 5km and 8:05 a.m. for the 10km race). Also, note that no vehicles will be allowed in the centre of Athens and in front of Panathinaikon Stadium on Sunday 10/11/2013 from 07:00 a.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Runners may warm up just behind the start area on Vas. Olgas Ave. and Vas. Amalias Ave. (near Adrianos Gate). Warm up will not be allowed in front of the start line.
The “Wave Start” system will be applied. Three (3) different “Wave Starts” are planned for each race with a time gap of a few minutes between the blocks.
All participants are kindly requested to follow the rules of the Organising Committee and pay attention to the instructions of the race volunteers.
Runners will be placed in different blocks at the start area according to the colour of their bib number. Blocks are written on the bib numbers. They are advised to take their place at the starting blocks in time. All runners should be in their blocks 15’ minutes at the latest before the race starts (7:45 a.m. for the 5km race and 8:50 a.m. for the 10km race).
Please note that runners are placed in the starting blocks according to the best personal time they have achieved during the years 2011-2013, as stated by themselves in their application form and cross-checked by the Organising Committee. Runners who do not state their best personal time in the application form will be placed in the last starting block.
Please note that any athlete who will start from a different block than the designated one will be automatically disqualified and, consequently, his/her results will not be included in the final results.
STARTING THE RACE
The start line of the 10km and 5km road races is on Vas. Amalias Avenue (near the Bodossakis Foundation Mansion where Eurobank is housed) in the direction of Syntagma.
5km race start time: 8:00 a.m.
10km race start time: 9:05 a.m.
CLOTHING & PERSONAL BELONGINGS MANAGEMENT
Runners must hand in the kit bag with their personal belongings and clothes to the volunteers at the areas designated by the Organising Committee at least 30 minutes before the start of each race (7:30 a.m. for the 5km race and 8:35 a.m. for the 10km race).
The designated areas are: The parking lot of the “Aegli Zappiou” multiplex (entrance on Vas. Olgas Ave.) for the 10km road race and the exit of Zappion on Vas. Olgas Ave. (after the fountain) for the 5km road race.
After finishing the race, runners, assisted by volunteers, may collect their personal belongings by showing their bib number.
DURING THE EVENTS
There are kilometre (km) markers at every kilometre of both race courses.
TOILETS – WCs
WCs will be available at the Start and the Finish, as well as at the support stations of the 10km race.
The Organising Committee is responsible for providing medical services to the runners by organising and operating medical stations and units at the Start, Finish and throughout the course of all races. The National Center of Immediate Help (EKAB) will be providing medical aid services to the runners. An ambulance will be following the last group of runners in all races.
Bottled water will be offered to the runners at the Start and the Finish. For the 10km road race there will be two more support stations with bottled water at the 3.5km and 7.5km. For the 5km road race, water will also be provided in the middle of the course.
TIME LIMIT FOR THE 5KM & 10KM ROAD RACES
The time limit for finishing both the 5km and 10km road races is 90 minutes. The 5km race should be completed by 9:20 a.m. at the latest, as the start of the 1000m Special Olympics will follow. The 10km race should be completed by 10:45 a.m. at the latest, as the start of the 700m Children's Run will follow, as well as the finish of the Marathon Race immediately after. After 9:20 a.m (5km race) and 10:45 a.m. (10km race) no participant will be allowed to enter Panathinaikon Stadium and finish his/her race due to the races that will follow (Special Olympics, Children's Run), as well as the arrival of the Marathon Race winner.
All runners will receive a timing chip from the Registration & Distribution Center at Τae Kwo Do (Faliro), along with their bib number. These two indicate the athlete’s identity and starting block in the electronic system. By using the timing chip, runners will be registered in the official results list and will be informed about their split times. Split timing zones are located at the 1km and 3km for the 5km road race and at the 1.2km, 5km and 5.8km for the 10km road race.
Only the athletes who a) participated in accordance with the rules, b) were placed in the right starting block, c) have timing indications at the Start, the split timing zones and the Finish, and d) complete the race within the time limit will have their final time and time splits included in the official results list and will receive a participation certificate.
RULES AND FAIR PLAY
The observance of the rules and regulations set by the International Athletics Association Federations (IAAF), the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and the Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS), is substantial for the safe and equal participation of all runners in this huge sport event.
The ideas of fair play and noble competition characterise the Athens Classic Marathon, therefore, mutual understanding and support among the participants are essential in promoting the Olympic ideals and sports as a way of living. Everyone should respect his/her co-runners and try not to block their way and the flow of the race.
ACCESS TO THE RACE ROUTE – 5KM & 10KM RACE OBSERVATION
All race routes will be free of vehicles. It is strictly prohibited for anyone (spectators, coaches, etc.) other than the runners to move in all race lanes, in any type of vehicle. Parallel race lanes will also be free of traffic and dedicated to the Organising Committee accredited vehicles (ambulances, police vehicles, etc.). All spectators of the 5km and the 10km races are kindly requested to move by public transport (Metro and buses outside the race routes), indicated in the map given to them.
Particularly for the 5km & 10km races, the athletes' escorts are not allowed to move in the opposite stream of the race by any means of transport on the lane right next to the race stream.
The movement of escorts in any of the race lanes or the lane right next to the race stream, or disobeying police orders, will directly lead to the expulsion of the escorts from the race route and/or the opposite stream and the disqualification of the athletes they escort.
AT THE FINISH AND AFTERWARDS
Participation without a bib number is not permitted. Runners who do not have a bib number will not be allowed to enter Panathinaikon Stadium.
FINISHING THE RACE
All runners entering the finish area in Panathinaikon Stadium need to follow the route marked by cones and indicated by judges and volunteers. Runners who enter Panathinaikon Stadium have to run the last 170m of the race inside the Stadium.
ATTENTION: The Finish is no longer where it used to be. Athletes will now finish the race on the left side of the Stadium.
PROCEDURES AFTER FINISHING THE RACE
Runners who finish the race need to keep walking. If any of the participants needs medical assistance, medical staff will be present at the Finish to offer first aid services.
Right after the Finish, all runners will be given a commemorative medal and will be asked to move towards the exit using the special ramp that passes over the left marble wall next to the entrance gates and leads to the Propylaea of the Stadium.
Outside the Stadium, participants will be provided with water, isotonic drinks, orange juice, bananas, etc. All participants will collect their clothes and personal belongings from the same place where they handed them in.
Only the athletes who a) participated in accordance with the rules, b) were placed in the right starting block, c) have timing indications at the Start, the split timing zones and the Finish, and d) completed the race within the time limit will have their final time and time splits included in the official results list and will receive a participation certificate.
ACCESS TO THE FINISH AREA
Access to Panathinaikon Stadium (finish venue), where everything mentioned above will take place, is permitted only to the runners having a bib number and the staff of the Organising Committee with specific credentials on their accreditation. Friends, family members and coaches should not try to enter this area, as this will result in congestion and cause inconvenience to the runners exiting the Stadium and the staff of the Organising Committee who will be trying to offer services to the runners. In addition, it is prohibited for anyone to enter Panathinaikon Stadium with any type of vehicle (skates, bicycle, wheelchair, etc.). Runners must inform their friends and family members about these regulations.
Medals, Cups and Certificates will be awarded to the first three athletes (men-women) to cross the finish line.
RESULTS & PARTICIPATION CERTIFICATES
The split times of the runners are announced on our website throughout the race. After the end of the race, the official results for the first runners are immediately announced. The unofficial results for the rest of the participants will be announced on our website a few hours after the end of the race. Runners will have the opportunity to submit an appeal within the next five (5) calendar days. The official results for all categories will be announced on our website about ten (10) working days after the race. All runners can obtain their participation certificate through the official website of the event a few days after its end (www.athensclassicmarathon.org).
Photo services will be provided by the world-renowned photo agency MarathonPhotos.com. This agency covers most of the Marathon Races globally. All participants will be able to download or purchase their photos a few hours after the event from the website: www.marathon-photos.com.