September 1, 2015

Navarino Challenge 2015
11-12-13 September
Greece’s multiple-award winning event “Navarino Challenge” has been included by the European Commission and the Greek General Secretariat of Sports in the European Week of Sport, a new initiative that will take place for the first time in September 2015. Scheduled to run September 7-13, the European Week of Sport, aims to inform on the benefits of practicing sports or physical activity and motivate citizens to take up a regular activity. The initiative takes place at EU, national, regional and local level, and is structured to include themes and activities that appeal to all audiences. The European Week of Sport has included the “Navarino Challenge” among the events taking place across Europe throughout the month of September! The “Navarino Challenge” event, which aims to raise awareness on the benefits of the Mediterranean diet and on the global issue of childhood obesity, is gearing up to welcome all during September 11-13 in Messinia and Costa Navarino in the Peloponnese in Greece. The 2015 event will welcome the Greek-American ultramarathon runner Dean Karnazes and ambassador of “Navarino Challenge” for the third year in a row. The event collaborates every year with top Greek athletes who are moral models and exemplary athletes for the younger generations. Alongside the ambassadors of the event, the name of the World Champion in the open water swimming Kelly Araouzou has been added. Kelly Araouzou, who won the silver medal a month ago at the World Open Water Championship in Kazan, will swim in the beautiful Bay of Navarino in the picturesque port of Pylos, where this year’s one mile (1.6 km.) and half mile (0.8 km) for young participants, swimming routes will be held. Kelly will experience the “Navarino Challenge”, almost a year before the big challenge of the Olympic Games in Rio. “Navarino Challenge”, in cooperation with the GoPro, Digitribe Mediahouse, Drakos Digital and WeThePeople companies, will create and present for the first time in Greece the first 360o YouTube video that will include activities like running and open water swimming. Registrations for “Navarino Challenge”, will continue until Friday, September 4, 2015, through the official website of the event  or alternatively via online and 150 locations throughout Greece (Viva Points / The Mall Athens, Public Shops, Papasotiriou, Ianos, Seven Spots, Reload Stores, Media Markt).

“Navarino Challenge” 2015 routes schedule

Saturday 12-09-2015 Swimming at Pylos Port (1mile route & 0,5mile for children) 08:30-10:30: Receive the numbers at Pylos Port 10:00: Start of 1 mile swimming route with the Olympic & World champion ambassador in swimming, Spyros Gianniotis at Pylos Port 11:00: Start of 0,5 mile swimming route for children at Pylos Port 11:30-12:00: Ceremony & Events at Pylos Port Demonstration race with Optimist and Laser boats by the Maritime Athletic Pylos Association “Nestor” 12:30: End of activities
Sunday 13-09-2015 Running: Start from Costa Navarino – runners follow the coastal road towards Pylos with the route including several off road parts, while athletes of all distances will enjoy the spectacular backdrop of Voidokilia beach – Return to Costa Navarino [Routes: Half-marathon (21.1km), 10km, 5km – For children: 1km route for children in the premises of Costa Navarino] 07:30-08:30: Receive numbers from Navarino Outdoors, after the Westin Tennis Courts 08:30: Warm-up with the team of the pilates instructor, Mandy Persaki 08:45: Start of Half-marathon route (21.1km) 09:00: Start of 10km route 09:15: Start of 5km route (for running and dynamic walking) 10:30: Start of 1km route for children 11:00-11:30: Ceremony & Events 12:00: End of activities  


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