Authentic Marathon Swim
On July 2-4, 2021, the legend meets history!

The Authentic Marathon Swim returns, after its historical revival, for the 2nd consecutive year, on July 2-4, 2021, at Artemision. Amateur and professional swimmers from Greece and abroad will have the opportunity to enjoy the great sports event, at Pefki, Evia of the Municipality of Istiaia – Edipsos, with absolute safety.

The Authentic Route
Further to last year’s participation of world-class names, after 2,500 years, the authentic 10km route revives once again allowing swimmers from around the world to swim over the shipwrecks of the naval battle of Artemision that took place in 480 B.C. Athletes will follow the example of Skyllias and his daughter Hydna, the very first “marathon swimmers”, according to The Father of History, Herodotus, who helped the Greek forces in the historic naval battle of Artemision against the Persian fleet. The demanding route will be held at the straits of Artemision, connecting Central Greece with Thessaly and the regional units of Evia, Magnesia and Fthiotida

Early Bird Registrations – A new 5km route is added
Participants can now register and take part in the impressive 10km, 3km, 1.5km routes, as well as in the new 5km route that will be held this year for the first time, taking advantage of the early bird prices. Offers are valid until 30/04/2021, reaching up to a 33% discount. Registration for the 800m children’s race is free. The routes of 5km, 3km, 1.5km and 800m. have Pefki beach as their starting and finishing point.

 Get ready for another exciting experience!
Watch the Authentic Marathon Swim’s teaser video HERE!  

Safety In All Races
Last year’s absolutely successful adherence of the safety measures and the historical revival of the authentic marathon swimming route, set an example and composed a guide for the safe implementation of all races, again this year. The event will be held in accordance with FINA regulations and the health protocol to be established by the experienced team of ActiveMedia Group, based on the instructions of the special scientists-collaborators of the Hellenic Swimming Federation and the recommendations of the Greek General Secretariat of Sports’ Health Scientific Committee, in order to ensure the health of athletes and attendees.

All routes of The Authentic Marathon Swim have been designed by the Greek national swimming coach with distinctions in Olympic Games & world open water swimming championships, Nikos Gemelos. The event prioritizing the absolute safety of its athletes, will provide once again everyone with a safety lifeguard buoy since its use by professional and amateur athletes is mandatory. 2

The event is organized by the Municipality of Istiaia-Edipsos, while ActiveMedia Group is responsible for its sports production. The event’s official hashtag #authenticmarathonswim is again this year, the way of communicating on social media, for the use of unique images and videos from the exciting moments and memories of the participants in the Municipality of Istiaia-Edipsos.

Register for the Authentic Marathon Swim HERE

XpatAthens is proud to be a Media Sponsor of  The Authentic Marathon Swim

Photo Credit: Elias Lefas