SNF Nostos Run 2021: Running into the Future
26 July 2021

Experience the magic of the evening SNF Nostos Run as it returns in person on August 25.

Registration is open now at snfnostos.org!

After a difficult year cooped up at home, the magic of being together in person returns this summer! We’ll make up for lost time, having fun while we enjoy getting moving—together again at last. With this year’s SNF Nostos the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) brings a summer celebration open to all back to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens.

Novice and veteran runners alike will have the opportunity to participate in the SNF Nostos Run in person on August 25. For the seventh consecutive year, the much-loved event organized by SNF, in collaboration with NGO Regeneration & Progress, will bring runners together under the night sky in Athens. The race will include 10K and 6K routes, as well as a 1K race for Special Olympics athletes. The 10K and 6K routes start at the Panathenaic Stadium at 20:30 and 21:10 respectively, with the runners passing through the city center, down Syggrou Avenue, and finishing at the SNFCC. The SNF Nostos Run is not competitive in nature, but official times are kept so that runners can track their performance.

As noted in our previous announcement, to be able to offer a safe, fun race, this year’s SNF Nostos Run will be open to a maximum of 5,000 runners for the 10k and 6k routes (2,500 runners each), and additionally to Special Olympics athletes for the 1k route. Registration for the race, adhering fully to guidelines officially approved by the Greek state, will fall into two categories: 75% of spots are reserved for participants who have been fully vaccinated (with the final dose administered at least 14 days prior) or have recovered from the virus (with documentation dated within six months of the event), while the remaining 25% of spots are open to runners who have a negative PCR or rapid test (performed within 72 or 48 hours of the run, respectively).

As in years past, the SNF Nostos Run remains a race dedicated to a good cause. Each runner will have the opportunity to contribute a nominal participation fee, which will be donated in full to their choice of two nonprofit organizations that support inclusion through art and creative expressionAssociation of Social Responsibility for Children and Youth – SKEP and ARTOGETHER - Art of People with and without Disabilities.

SNF will double match each runner’s participation fee through a grant, tripling the amount given to these non-profit organizations. For example, for each €5 contribution (the minimum suggested amount), SNF will contribute an additional €10, meaning that the organizations will receive €15 for every €5 contribution from a runner.

Experience the magic of the SNF Nostos Run in person:
Register for the SNF Nostos Run at snfnostos.org.

Meet the organizations that will be supported through the race:
Association of Social Responsibility for Children and Youth – SKEP
The nonprofit organization Association of Social Responsibility for Children and Youth (SKEP) was founded in Athens in 2008, with a mission of championing social integration and equal opportunities for young people with disabilities. SKEP aims to promote inclusion in a society that is constantly changing and evolving.

Since inception, SKEP has conducted educational programs in schools to familiarize people with disability, ultimately aiming to change attitudes and promote diversity. The association also conducts interactive workshops, called “Fingerprints,” with students and youth with and without disabilities.

Support from runners and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) will contribute to the continuation of the “Fingerprints” interactive workshops.

ARTOGETHER – Art of People with and without Disabilities
ARTOGETHER - Αrt of People with and without Disabilities was founded in 1990, aiming to ensure equal access to art and culture for people with disabilities. Since its inception, ARTOGETHER has continuously supported the right of people of all abilities to participate in artistic expression, while also utilizing art as a vehicle to encourage cooperation between people of all abilities.

ARTOGETHER runs four inclusive art groups each week, organizes guided tours of museums and cultural sites for people with disabilities, and conducts inclusive educational and artistic programs.
Its work also includes the Traveling Art exhibition, which features works by artists of all abilities, aiming to promote inclusion and artistic expression by Greek artists with disabilities.

Support from runners and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) will contribute to the continuation of the innovative Traveling Art program.

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Runners’ contributions can be made to each organization online (via debit or credit card), through the nonprofit organization Regeneration & Progress, which supervises the organization of the SNF Nostos Run. Regeneration & Progress will then transfer the full amount designated for each of the two nonprofit organizations.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is a philanthropic organization that exclusively makes grants to nonprofit organizations. SNF does not solicit or accept donations from individuals, corporations, or other types of organizations.

The SNF Nostos Run is implemented through an exclusive grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), which covers all of the race’s expenses as part of SNF Nostos. The race is held under the organizational supervision of Regeneration & Progress and the medical supervision of the Department of Sports Excellence of the First Orthopedic Clinic of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), in collaboration with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) and the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC), with the contribution of the National Center for Emergency Care (EKAV), and under the auspices of the Hellenic Police.

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Please note that the SNF Nostos Run will be conducted in accordance with the laws and guidelines in effect at the time of the race as determined by the relevant authorities—always with the goal of safeguarding the health of the public and participants, and of limiting the spread of COVID-19. Registered runners will be informed in advance of any modifications to the conditions of participation, in addition to health measures to be followed before and during the race.