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Greece’s Zagori Mountain Running Races Attract Thousands

Zagori mountain running athletes passing Kokkori Bridge.

Zagori mountain running athletes passing Kokkori Bridge.

TheNorthFaceZagori_2014Over 1,300 Greek and European athletes participated in the recent mountain running competitions of the North Face Zagori Mountain Running 2014 event and ran through picturesque and challenging landscapes of the region of Zagori in Greece.

The mountain running event was held for the fourth consecutive year on 26-27 July with the launch of four races: the Ultra (80km), the Mountain Marathon (42.195m), the Half Marathon (22km) and the Top Ten (10km).

The start of the 21km Zagori Mountain Running 2014 race

The start of the 21km Zagori Mountain Running 2014 race

Runners crossed the unique Vikou-Aoou National Park and had the opportunity to see the very impressive Vikos Gorge (the deepest gorge in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records) along with Timfi mountain, Drakolimni lake, Voidomatis river and the villages known as Zagoria (Zagorohoria).

According to organizers The North Face, the three-day event attracted over 9,000 visitors to the Zagori region. Zagori is a network of 46 villages spread all over the mountains on the north east of the city of Ioannina.

Winners in photos

The event was held under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organisation.

Photos © Kostas Stathopoulos (www.themonitor.gr)

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