The Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS) announced today that the 2020 Athens Marathon is cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday November 7 and 8. The plan was to split the field into two lots of 5,000 runners for each day.

SEGAS said that a virtual race would go instead. The details of the virtual event will be announced soon.  

The pandemic has decimated the annual race calendar, especially the mass events. All races have been affected by either complete cancellation, having elite only fields or virtual races.

So far 34,241,865 cases have been recorded, 1,020,116 have died while approximately 73 per cent have recovered or 25,491,134 according to

SHOESTRINGS: The most anticipated marathon race of the year is the Virgin London Marathon, which is slated as the showdown between the two best marathon runners of all-time, current world record holder Eliud Kipchoge (2:01:39) and Kenenisa Bekele (2:01:41), from Kenya and Ethiopia, respectively.