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“Navarino Challenge” Marathon In Greece Concludes With Great Success

Greek-American ultramarathon man Dean Karnazes running in Navarino Challenge 2014.

Greek-American ultramarathon man Dean Karnazes running in Navarino Challenge 2014.

Navarino Challenge 5km race.

Navarino Challenge 5km race.

The “Navarino Challenge” marathon wrapped up successfully for the second year in Messinia, in the Peloponnese, Greece.

The three-day event took place 19-21 September and welcomed more than 500 participants of all ages, who set the pace in four races together with Greek-American ultramarathon man Dean Karnazes.

Enjoying perfect sunny weather and the Greek Messinian nature, this year’s event took place in Kalamata and in Costa Navarino. “Navarino Challenge” aimed once again at raising awareness on the benefits of the Mediterranean diet as well as on the global issue of childhood obesity.

Twice Olympic medallist in taekwondo Alexandros Nikolaidis and the twice World Champion swimmer and Olympic medalist Spyros Gianniotis participating in the Navarino Challenge 5km race.

Twice Olympic medallist in taekwondo Alexandros Nikolaidis and the twice World Champion swimmer and Olympic medalist Spyros Gianniotis participating in the Navarino Challenge 5km race.

Also joining the 3-day event at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino was the twice Olympic medallist in taekwondo Alexandros Nikolaidis and the twice World Champion swimmer and Olympic medalist Spyros Gianniotis. The two athletes both had the chance to share the passion and knowledge of their respective sports taekwondo and swimming, with children and adults alike.

Navarino Challenge fiesta.

Navarino Challenge fiesta.

A great feast with traditional regional products was awaiting all participants to celebrate the end of activities, while a workshop about childhood obesity, the benefits of the Mediterranean diet and healthy living, as well as many more sports and fun activities took place during these three sports-filled days.

Photos provided by TEMES & Active Media.

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