Navarino Challenge, 12-14 October 2018, Messinia


Registration is open for the 6th “Navarino Challenge”, the established sports tourism event and standard choice in the calendar of the fans, since 2013!

This year’s event will take place on 12-14 October 2018, in Messinia and Costa Navarino, anticipating hundreds of professional and amateur athletes, who will take part in its numerous activities.

The multi-awarded sports tourism event, that promotes sports and fair play as its main goal, will be, once again, full of activities for all ages. “Navarino Challenge”, with the most Olympic athletes ever participating as ambassadors in a sports event, returns again to Messinia, including more than 10 Olympic sports and 20 sports activities! Running, swimming, SUP, as well as the successful recipe of Tae Kwon Do (with two-times silver Olympic medalist, Alexandros Nikolaidis), being examples of the sports featured.

photo by Elias Lefas

Running routes

Participants will be able to choose between the Half-Marathon (21.1km), 10km and 5km run and dynamic walking. Starting from Navarino Dunes of Costa Navarino, professional and amateur athletes will run along the coast to Pylos crossing the beautiful Voidokilia beach in the unique trail run that combines soil, sand and street parts. At the same day, respectively, the 1km kids running race will be held. Start and finish of each race will be the same, while the participation fee for running will be 20€ (kids’ race is free of charge). The routes are designed by ex-marathon runner, holder of the best classic route record in Greece, trainer and director of All About Running, Nikos Polias. All participants will be timed.

Open water swimming race

The fans of open water swimming will compete and be timed for the first time ever at the beautiful Navarino Bay, at the port of Pylos, covering the 1 mile (1.6km) special swimming route, designed by the Federal Swimming CoachNikos Gemelos. The cost will be 20€.

Stand Up Paddling race

Right after swimming and for the third consecutive year, the Stand Up Paddling by BIC® Sport relay race will be held. At the port of Pylos, “Navarino Challenge” presents the innovative sport of Stand Up Paddling (SUP), that has become highly popular around the world. The participation cost will be 15€. The race is supported by the surf club, Surf Salad!

The registration for the multi-awarded sports tourism event is open and those interested can participate, filling the special form. At the same time, pre-sale has begun online via, via telephone on 11876 as well as via the Viva network pre-sale points. Registration ends on August 31 2018.

Please, be informed that participants who book their accommodation package at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and choose the standard activities (running, swimming, SUP) will be able to enjoy free of charge the event’s full activities schedule

The renewed program includes activities for the whole family at The Westin Resort Costa Navarinotae kwon do (with two-times silver Olympic medalist, Alexandros Nikolaidis), indoor climbing, bike ride in Voidokilia, pilates (with Mandy Persaki)basketball, golf, kick boxing (with the champion Alexandros Nikolaidis), baby swimming, aqua aerobic, kids’ athletics (with Olympic & World Champion in 400m. with hurdles Periklis Iakovakis), beach volley (by Triantafyllidis Beach arena & international volleyball player Michalis Triantafyllidis), tennis cross training, crossfit (with Dimitris Moros), beach yoga, beachathlon (survivor games for kids with Periklis Iakovakis), Optimist boat exhibition race and boxing (with Christos Gatsis).

Navarino Challenge”, in its five year successful course, has been awarded with Ermis Awards, Tourism Awards, Events Awards and Sports Marketing Awards, setting new booking records for The Westin Resort Costa Navarino.

photo by Elias Lefas

The 6th Navarino Challenge is co-organized by Costa NavarinoThe Westin Resort Costa Navarino and Active Media Group with the support of the Municipalities of Pylos-Nestor and Trifilia. Navarino Challenge will take place with the approval of the Hellenic Swimming Federation, under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization.

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