The Navarino Challenge Continues To Innovate!

  • by XpatAthens
  • Wednesday, 21 October 2015
The Navarino Challenge Continues To Innovate!
Even though the “Navarino Challenge 2015” concluded a few weeks ago, the beautiful images and memories of the top sports tourism event still remain indelible! Watch the first 360-degree videos ever made for a Greek sports tourism event!

“Navarino Challenge” introduces for the first time in a sports tourism event in Greece, the 360-degree technology in its videos and brings back the unique moments we experienced this year!

The innovative event which combines the greatest number of sports and activities in relation to any other sports tourism event in Greece, presents two 4K 360-degree videos, created by Digitribe Mediahouse. The videos were created by the official portable GoPro camera of “Navarino Challenge” and the assistance of Drakos Digital, the only official exclusive distributor of GoPro products in Greece and Cyprus. Active Media undertook the coordination for the creation of both videos. Videos will also be available very soon, through the official facebook page of  “Navarino Challenge”

360-degree videos are visible through any computer and mobile screen and through a virtual reality headset. When videos play on facebook, the user can see them towards any direction in desktop computers and android systems. On desktop, this is done by using the mouse, while on mobile devices by moving the device. They are also visible on iOS through the official application of YouTube.

The first video is related to the activity of running at “Navarino Challenge 2015” which included a Half-Marathon (21,1km), 10km and 5km routes (Running & dynamic gait) and a children's 1 km route, with a starting and finishing point at Navarino Dunes of Costa Navarino.

You may see the video here:
The second video presents the activity of open water swimming held in the Bay of Navarino in the picturesque port of Pylos which included swimming routes of one mile for the adults and a half mile distance for children.

You may see the video here:
The Chief Executive Officer of Active Media, Mr. Akis Tsolis stated about this new innovation of the event: “We believe a lot in the effectiveness of new technologies in our events and in the virtual reality’s future. With the innovative use of 360-degree videos, we introduce for the first time this technology in sports tourism events, hoping thereby to open new perspectives in the field of tourism. Our goal is not only to attract visitors but also to create and promote the beautiful images of our country through these special technological applications. We are very proud to begin, although timidly, such practices in Navarino Challenge.”

The multiple award-winning sports tourism event “Navarino Challenge” is organized each year with the participation of people of all ages. The non-competitive event aims to raise awareness about the benefits of healthy living, exercise and the Mediterranean diet as well as the issue of childhood obesity through its numerous sports activities. The technologically pioneering event is also held each year with respect to the environment, to highlight the Greek natural beauty and also according to the sustainable tourism practices implemented at Costa Navarino.

The event was held under the Auspices of the Department of Nutrition and-Dietetics of Harokopio University of Athens and the Greek National Tourism Organization with the support of Costa Navarino and The Westin Resort Costa Navarino as well as the Municipalities of Pylos-Nestor and Trifilia. “Navarino Challenge” was included this year in the European Week of Sport (September 7-13, 2015).

“Navarino Challenge” renews its appointment for September 2016!

Official Sponsor: Allianz Greece
Official Airline Partner: Qatar Airways
Official Supporters: Hellenic Fuels S.A., Ford Motor Hellas, Natural Mineral Water “Vikos”, GoPro, Navarino Icons     
Assisted by: Health Runners Club of Messinia (SDYM), Pylos Association of Enterprises for Tourism Development, Maritime Athletic Pylos Association “Nestor”, Explore Messinia, Promopark, Aqua Divers Club, Digitribe Mediahouse, Drakos Digital, Navarino Outdoors, Safe Water Sports, NJV Athens Plaza, Poseidonia restaurant, ThaMa restaurant, Alpha (Athlima SA), Dole
Official Broadcaster: Novasports
Strategic TV Partner: National Geographic Channel
Official Travel Agent: The Travel Company Experts

Photo credits: Photo by Vladimir Rys