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The Athens Marathon, the “Authentic” as well as the associated half marathon have been given the okay to take place on the November 8 weekend, with some social distancing rules in place.

The event was scheduled for September 20.

Greece is one of the few countries to have kept the pandemic down to a manageable level.

The marathon will have two starts set well apart and with 5,000 in each corral. The half-marathon will start at a different time during that weekend.

Unfortunately, there will be no elite field. The race will be available primarily to Greek runners and those wishing to travel will have to follow strict social distancing protocols.

The Athens Marathon is called the “Authentic” because the race follows the route that the Greek messenger Pheidippides followed when he delivered the news that the Greeks had defeated the Persians and then subsequently died.

SHOESTRINGS: London Marathon continues to be scheduled for October 4. Normally run in April, it was also rescheduled due to the pandemic. Meanwhile, marathons in Boston, New York, and Berlin have been cancelled. Expect London to be altered or cancelled, closer-to.

Globally there have been a total of 12,941,811 known coronavirus cases.  There have been 569,297 attributed to the virus and 7,539,128 people have apparently recovered according to Worldometers.