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“Run Greece 2015” to Dash to Six Greek Towns, Dates Announced

the president of the marathon’s organizer President of SEGAS (Greek Athletics Federation), Kostas Panagopoulos.

President of SEGAS (Greek Athletics Federation), Kostas Panagopoulos.

run_greece_1Following two successful events, “Run Greece” is inviting residents and visitors of six towns in Greece to take part this year in a major celebration of sports and culture that will last all the way until October.

The dates of the Run Greece 2015 races went public last week during a press conference by the organizer SEGAS (Greek Athletics Federation), regional and municipal authorities and the event’s main sponsor Wind.

The races included in Run Greece are a 10km Road Race, a 5km Road Race and a 1,000m Children Road Race. The first stop of this year’s event is Larissa (March 29). Run Greece will then “run” to Heraklio (April 26), Ioannina (May 10), Kastoria (May 17), Alexandroupolis (September 27) and Patras (October 11).

Apart from the three standard races, “Run Greece Kastoria” also includes a Half Marathon with a route around the town’s lake.

Last year’s six races attracted over 15,000 residents/runners from all over Greece.

run_greece_patraAccording to SEGAS, the event aims for Greece’s local communities to pass on a strong message to residents and visitors in favor of sport, perseverance entertainment, sportsmanship and solidarity.

“Three years ago we had two goals, to get residents in the streets and bring them closer to a better lifestyle and to create a festival in the center of the cities where the games are hosted. We are getting closer and closer to our goals”, SEGAS President Kostas Panagopoulos said during the press conference.

The federation aims for over 20,000 runners of all ages to take part in all six Run Greece races this year.

“Each year, more and more athletes are running and these races are a good example of the cooperation between local authorities and the federation”, Mr. Panagopoulos added.

A few words by the city representatives

Run_Greece_Evripidis_Koukiadakis_CreteVice Governor of Crete Evripidis Koukiadakis: “This year we thought to launch a three-day package that will also offer runners a destination, because we want to make the organization more than a race.”

Run_Greece_Konstantinos_Vardavas_CreteDeputy Mayor of Heraklio Kostas Vardavas: “2015 is a sporting year for Heraklio and Run Greece will be of particular importance for us.”

Run_Greece_Pantelis_Kolokas_IoanninaDeputy Mayor of Ioannina Pantelis Kolokas: “This organization shows that everyone wants to participate.”

Run_Greece_Anestis_Aggelis_KastoriaMayor of Kastoria Anestis Angelis: “Everyone is looking for something different and Run Greece gives such an opportunity.”

Run_Greece_Grigoris_Alexopoulos_AchaiaVice Governor of Achaia Grigoris Alexopoulos: “It is very essential that SEGAS not only deals with pure racing, but also with the social aspect.”

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