Registrations For The 7th Navarino Challenge Are Now Open

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Registrations For The 7th Navarino Challenge Are Now Open

The award-winning “Navarino Challenge”, now an established date on the sporting calendar, celebrates sports tourism for the 7th consecutive year!

“Navarino Challenge” hosted over 2,500 professional and amateur athletes last year and will take place this year from 11-13 October 2019 in Messinia and Costa Navarino , with more than 10 Olympic sports and numerous activities for everyone.

Through its central message “sports unite people”, Navarino Challenge aims to promote sports with inter-generational activities catering to all age groups. For the 7 th consecutive year, the sporting event will continue to promote the fight against child obesity through information, and awareness of the benefits of the Mediterranean diet and exercise.

Running tracks
Participants will have the opportunity to choose between the Half Marathon (21.1km), 10km, and 5km (running & power walking). Starting from the Navarino Dunes of Costa Navarino, professional and amateur athletes will run along the picturesque coast to Pylos, crossing the beautiful Voidokilia beach, tracing history beneath their feet in King Nestor’s land. They will follow the trail mapped out in the Homeric era by Telemachus, Ulysses’ son, trying to find his missing father. It is the only trail run that combines soil, sand and asphalt. On the same day, the children’s 1km course will take place. The routes have been planned by the former marathon runner, current classic marathon course national record holder, running coach and director of All About Running, Nikos Polias. The event includes race timing for all runners.

Open water swimming
Open water swimming enthusiasts will have the chance to compete in a chip-timed event at the beautiful Navarino bay from the scenic Pylos harbour, covering the unique 1 mile (1.6 km) swimming route by Vikos. The route has been designed by the national federal technical coach, Nikos Gemelos (the coach who has given us countless Olympic and world-class honours in open water swimming).

Runners and swimmers can act immediately to take advantage of the early bird offer by registering to a 30% discount until 31 May (children’s participation is free of charge).

Entries for the award-winning sporting event are underway and interested parties can take part by completing the special form available HERE!  

Pre-sale is also available online via or by phone at 11876 as well as at all Viva pre-sale points. 2

“Navarino Challenge” participants who book their package at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and choose to take part in the main events (running, swimming) will also have the opportunity to enjoy the full activities programme. More information on premium hosting packages will be announced in the coming weeks. Watch the teaser video for the 7 th Navarino Challenge HERE!

 “Navarino Challenge”, has been consistently awarded with Ermis Awards, Tourism Awards, Event Awards and Sports Marketing Awards for its excellence in sports tourism.

Samsung is the official technology partner for another year. Official sponsors of the event are Ford Motor Hellas and the Natural Mineral Water “Vikos”. Luanvi is the official sports supplier of the event for one more year. Official supporters are Municipality of Pylos-Nestor, Poseidonia and Avance Rent A Car.
Navarino Challenge is co-organized by Costa Navarino , The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and Active Media Group with the support of the Municipalities of Pylos- Nestor and Trifilia. The event is part of the Global Swim Series (GSS) [numbering more than 150 swimming races]. This way, all participants in “Navarino Challenge” as well as in the rest of GSS races will earn a global ranking. The rating is based equally on participation and speed. The more races they do the higher their ranking will be. Respectively, “Navarino Challenge” has become part of the global community of World’s Marathons [numbering more than 4.410 running races worldwide].

Official Technology Partner: Samsung
Official Sponsors: Ford Motor Hellas, Natural Mineral Water “Vikos”
Official Sports Supplier: Luanvi Official Supporters: Municipality of Pylos-Nestor, Poseidonia, Avance Rent A Car Partners: Navarino Outdoors, Swim Academy, Triantafyllidis Beach Arena, FitnessArt, Vizantinos target sport club, Red Swim Academy, Fysiotek Sports Lab Assisted by: Lifeguard Patrol, Navarino Racquet Academy, Pylos Association of Enterprises for Tourism Development, Maritime Athletic Pylos Association “Nestor”, Explore Messinia, Navarino Golf Academy, Target Security, Athens Easy Transfers, Karalis City Hotel & Spa, Karalis Beach Hotel
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Photo credit: Mike Tsolis