Dare we say it? Yes, we think we will. Last year, we had to do our warm-up stretches just to keep up with the on-again-off-again fate of the super popular Athens Half Marathon, as the world grappled with the first wave of pandemic.
Now, it looks like this annual spring favourite might actually get off the blocks this year - two months later than usual, but still in springtime nonetheless. This is great news for the city’s marathon-starved runners.
Organised by the Hellenic Athletics Federation and the City of Athens, and kicking off from Syntagma Square, the Half Marathon is the ideal event for regular and novice runners of all ages, as there’s also a 5km Race and 3km Race, along with the classic 21km route. Plus, all routes take you past significant and cultural monuments of Athens (The Greek Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Academy and Athens University, and the National Archaeological Museum – to name drop a few).
And if the Half Marathon 2021 should happen to find itself back on the bench again, thanks to Covid? There’s already a back-up date: September 12. But don’t mind us while we continue to do our stretches and hope for the best.