Whether you run to add days to your life, or run to add life to your days, the Athens Half Marathon presents the perfect fitness challenge. Kick off the new decade by setting your sights on this annual springtime event that marks the first big milestone of the Athens sporting calendar. As usual, the 21km road race starts and finishes in Syntagma Square, in front of the Greek Parliament, after two laps around Athens’ historic centre. For those who want the adrenaline rush without the agony, there’s also 3km and 5km events, as well as a 1km special route for children and people with disabilities. You can read more detail about the routes and prices of the various events in English on the website. Registrations opened on 13 January and close on 9 March. Heed our advice though and sign up pronto to dodge disappointment: this race gets bigger every year.