The participation in the 5km was great. from politicians, athletes, celebrities and runners of all ages. The Undersecretary of Sports, among others, took part in the route Lefteris Avgenakis, the Minister of Tourism Vassilis Kikilas, the mayor of Athens Costas Bakogiannis and the Secretary General of Sports. Due to the pandemic, the health protocol may significantly reduce the number of runners, however runners of all ages were present. The Undersecretary of Sports Lefteris Avgenakis ran with the holder of the national record in the race, Spyros Andriopoulos, as well as other associates in the ministry.
“It is a celebration for Athens, for the country, for everyone, the return to normalcy but with strict rules. The bet is big, the bet of life. We all enjoyed the race, those who competed, those who took to the streets to applaud and encourage the athletes. It is a very beautiful feeling to walk the city, to hear the sound of shoes, it is a pleasure. I wish health to the whole world, to be here in 2022, all and even more. The street movement is evolving rapidly, our Government is strengthening it institutionally. Sport is a way of life. To love sports “, said the Undersecretary.
The Minister of Tourism was among the runners of the Marathon Vassilis Kikilias. The former basketball player gives his “present” every year to the big celebration of sports, which did not take place due to the coronavirus pandemic. The minister put on his sportswear, ran the 5 km race and congratulated those who took part.
“Celebration for sports and the joy of participation! Well done to everybody”, wrote o Vassilis Kikilias in a post on Instagram.
THE Jenny Balatsinou Proud of her husband she wanted to congratulate him on his effort. She uploaded a story to her personal Instagram account, which shows Vassilis Kikilias to run. Accompany the photo with emoji hearts, but also with the victory sign.
Consistent and the mayor of Athens, Costas Bakogiannis who ran the 5km: “It’s a celebration for the city. We feel joy and excitement to meet again safely. We run for people with diabetes. “Every day 1,450,000 people fight diabetes with us and we want to express our respect and support to them.” said the Mayor of Athens, who was waiting for his wife at the finish Sia Kosioni and their son.
The finish line at 5km. passed many old athletes like the Niki Bakoyannis and the Source Devetzi, The Giourkas Seitaridis and the champion in the 400m. obstacles, Dimitra Gnafaki.
There were many celebrities who attended the event.
Duchess of Nomikos
“Good morning to everyone! A quick #photodump from today’s Authentic Athens Marathon! Well done to everybody. We did it”, wrote in her post the Duchess of Nomikos.
The pregnant woman also went on the trip with her family Clelia Pantazi with her husband and their son. “Fun fact: the last time we took a photo with the medal of the classic marathon of Athens, I had Michael-Angelos in my belly !! Now we are waiting for his brother !! Go get your kids to applaud the runners’ efforts! It is the biggest celebration of our city and it is the best for our children to have such images !! Congratulations to everybody”.
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