First Athens Virtual Marathon

The COVID-19 pandemic has suspended many major running events, however it did not stop the first Athens Virtual Marathon! Read the full story.

”In this strange and frustrating Covid-19 period, for all sport enthusiasts and especially for runners, we couldn’t have a more powerful tool to offer to race organizers who postponed their races in order to keep contact with their running friends. Among other successful virtual events, Virtual Athens Marathon, not only as our national marathon but as a recognised world class event, was a showcase. Using the MYLAPS Virtual Event App, it spread a message of hope and solidarity throughout the world running community and gave a meaning to the effort that thousands of runners put in during their training. Runners from all over the world took part in the Virtual Athens Marathon with the hope that next year we will celebrate the best edition of this historical event!”

– Nikos Polias
Managing Director at All About Running

The first ever Virtual Athens Marathon (November 8th-29th) organized by SEGAS, was concluded successfully, with more than 7,000 participants from all over the world (25% runners from outside Greece!).

”This virtual edition of the Athens Marathon could not have become reality, if not for the “Athens Marathon and Half” mobile app, developed by MYLAPS.”

– Makis Asimakopoulos
General Manager of Athens Marathon, The Authentic, Athens Half Marathon, Run Greece & SEGAS Marketing at Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS)

The application is essentially a series app that includes SEGAS’ milestone running events (Athens Marathon & Athens Half Marathon), and it debuted during the Virtual Athens Marathon event, highlighting a vast variety of interactive features, like the event registration & results buttons. Moreover, runners could use this app to take selfies and savor their special moment using the event’s selfie filters, while also listening to our personalized playlist that they could also find within the app. Runners also received notifications with run safe tips, event’s important updates, and special sponsor offers.

Downloading the app was essential to participate in the event, as all participants should have uploaded the result through the application to successfully finish their race.”

Overall, the “Athens Marathon and Half” mobile app lead the way to a successful Virtual Athens Marathon event, and ensured the smooth operation of this first effort to adjust in the covid-19 era, while delivering first-class runner services to our participants.”

– Makis Asimakopoulos
General Manager of Athens Marathon, The Authentic, Athens Half Marathon, Run Greece & SEGAS Marketing at Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS)

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