Several thousands of people took part in the 28th Tour of Athens, which was held today in the Greek capital. The start of the event was at the Old Olympic Stadium Kalimarmaro. The runners started on three routes of 8.5 km, 2.5 km and a third route specifically designed for people with special needs. The honorary number one wore the mayor of Athens George Kaminis. In the tour of the city participated families with their children, groups of friends and inspired fans of jogging. "I want to thank you all for being here because this is a contribution to society, not just entertainment. By participating in these events we show how alive our town is. Can you give me the gun," the mayor spoke briefly and gave a shot to mark the start of the 28th tour of the capital.
At the Sports Day was also present the former mayor Dimitris Beis, who gave the start of the first tour of the city in 1983. "We congratulate you on your participation in the massive event. This year the 28th Tour of Athens is dedicated to the World Olympics games SPECIAL OLYMPICS ΑΘΗΝΑ 2011 and aims to spread the message for participation, social solidarity and inclusion of people with special needs. The tour of Athens is not a race for championship and we want in it to participate all people and for it to contribute to the adoption of sport in our everyday lives and continuous participation of people at sporting events and the full implementation of the idea of "Sport for All" in the modern society, said the chairwoman of the Organization for Youth and Sports Panayiota Psaraki.
All participants received diplomas at the final and refreshments, and for runners travelling by public transport was free when showing the numbers, which they run with, including by two o’clock in the afternoon. At Syntagma Square was set up a stage where the Greek band Onirama and Sabrina sang. Traffic in the city center was stopped at some specific places since eight o’clock in the morning and gradually continued until the end of the event as the cars were turned out of their ways to pass through neighboring blocks.