Special offers have been announced for the participants of the 5th Santorini Experience sports tourism event.
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“Santorini Experience” is approaching, as in October 4-6, the unique running and swimming races will take place for the 5th consecutive year in Santorini, the world-famous tourist destination of unparalleled beauty.
Santorini Experience will attract once again the global interest, where both professional and amateur athletes will participate in running and open water swimming races. The running races will take place on Saturday October 5, 2019 and the open water swimming on Sunday October 6, 2019 against the backdrop of the iconic Cycladic Island.
In particular, on Saturday 05/10, the races of 15 km by Samsung and 10 km will start at 08:15 am, while the 5 km “Aristides Alafouzos” race will start at 11:00 am. All races have as starting point the Desalination Plant located in Oia.
On Sunday 06/10, swimming will take place with the eruptive atmosphere of the volcano. Participants will swim the 1.5 miles (2.4 km) route from the volcano to the old port of Fira with the imposing view of the island in front of them at the Open Water Swimming by Vikos. The race will start at 10:00 am from the volcano. Swimming is held under the technical direction of federal coach and director, Nikos Gemelos, with the approval of the Hellenic Swimming Federation, following the FINA regulations and the safety provided by Boatmen Union Santorini, Lifeguard Patrol, Voluntary Lifeguards of Santorini, Atlantis Dive Center and Santorini Nautical Club.
This year’s event will feature the silver Olympic medalist in open water swimming Spyros Gianniotis, Japanese Olympic champion in Rio, Yasunari Hirai and the dynamic presence of the elite of the Greek National Open Water Swimming Team such as world champion Kelly Araouzou, European champion George Arniakos and Greek champions Dimitris Negris, Stellina Aplanti, Dimitris Manios, the twin Greek expatriates racing with the colors of the national team of Netherlands, George and Timos Skotadis, as well as Andreas Georgakopoulos, Irene Diakoumakou, Maria Filopoulou, Konstantinos Konstantineskou, Panagiotis Alogakos, Maria Kirykou, Triantafyllia Diakoumakou and Melina Trochalaki.
Check out the video with swimming tips from Spyros Gianniotis and Kelly Araouzou on the exciting swimming race:
More information about this year’s detailed program press here.
Special offer & participation kit pick up at Alafouzos Sport
Swimming and running registrations continue now as well at the store of the official sponsor Alafouzos Sport in Fira.
A 25% special discount on registration costs per activity will apply to all participants for purchases over 15 euros at the sponsor’s store.
From Thursday 3/10 to Saturday 5/10, participants can receive their participation kits from Alafouzos Sport store (open hours: 09:00 – 21:00). Otherwise, runners and swimmers can receive their registration numbers one hour before the start of their race from the starting point of their races, on Saturday 5/10 and on Sunday 6/10 respectively.
Meanwhile, participants may register in the event according to the final wave of registrations which lasts until the start of the event. Register now on the link here.
Transportation offer to participants
DNA Travel, as the official transport partner of the event, in order to facilitate the transportation of all athletes, running participants to Oia and swimming participants to the old port of Fira, will implement the routes below:
On Saturday, October 5, two itineraries will take place. The boarding point of the first itinerary will be the Church of Timios Stavros, in Perissa, at 05:30 am with one stop in Kamari (opposite the Soccer Field) at 05:50 am, next stop in Fira (opposite to the old Health Center) at 06:10 am and final destination the Desalination Plant in Oia. The second itinerary will start at 07:50 from Perissa (Church of Timios Stavros), with one stop in Kamari (opposite the Soccer Field) at 08:10 am, next stop in Fira (opposite to the old Health Center) at 08:30 am and the same final destination. When it comes to the participants return, another itinerary has been scheduled at 12:30 pm from the Desalination Plant in Oia to Fira, Kamari and Perissa.
In addition, on Sunday, October 6, the participants of the open water swimming race will be transferred from the Church of Timios Stavros, Perissa at 07:50 am with one stop in Kamari (opposite the Soccer Field) at 08:10 am, to the starting point of the race in the Old Port of Fira. The transportation of swimmers from the Old Port of Fira to the volcano will start at 09:30 am. DNA Travel has arranged another itinerary at 14:00 pm from Fira (opposite to the old Health Center) to Athinios port (the main port of Thira).
2019 Santorini Experience offers
Take advantage of the offers available on ferry tickets, car rentals and accommodation for “Santorini Experience” at the link here.
Attend Real Madrid Foundation Clinics in Santorini!
In the framework of “Santorini Experience”, and in cooperation with MGC Soccer Central, head coaches from the academies of Real Madrid will visit Santorini for the first time and specifically the facilities of the athletic center Playland, from October 3-6, 2019 and teach football to children aged between 6 and 16, using the coaching methodologies of Los Merengues! Register now. For more information press here.
Samsung is the event’s official technology partner for one more year.
Official sponsors of the event include Ford Motor Hellas, Athina Luxury Suites, Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa, “Vikos” Natural Mineral Water, Blue Star Ferries and Alafouzos Sport.
For another year, Luanvi is the event’s official sports supplier.
Official supporters of the event are: Santorini Hoteliers Association, Meltemi Hotels & Resorts and Boatmen Union Santorini.
Avance Rent A Car is the official rental partner.
On is the event’s official shoe partner for the first time.
National Geographic is the strategic partner of the event and 24MEDIA its premium media partner.
DNA Travel is the official transport partner.
“Santorini Experience” is assisted by West East Suites, Lifeguard Patrol, Voluntary Lifeguards of Santorini, Atlantis Dive Center, Santorini Nautical Club, Santorini Yacht Cruises, Caldera Yachting and Erotokritos.
Until now, this year’s effort is supported with special offers and prices by the following hospitality sponsors: Santorini Hoteliers Association, Meltemi Hotels & Resorts, Athina Luxury Suites, Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa, Canaves Oia, West East Suites, Andronis Arcadia, Vedema a Luxury Collection Resort, Mystique a Luxury Collection Hotel, Sienna Resort, Santo Houses, Desiterra Luxury Suites & Villas, 270 Oia’s View, Fanouris Condo, Monolithia, Casa Iphigenia, La Mer Suites & Spa, Antinea Suites & Spa, Beach Boutique Hotel, Bloom Travel, Loizos Stylish Residencies, Iokasti Villa, Olive Cave Houses, Panorama Studios & Suites, Esperas Santorini, Mesana Stone House and White Pearl Villas, while participation continues.
VitaNTravel is the event’s official travel agent.
“Santorini Experience” has joined the Greek actions of the #BeactiveHellas 2019 program of the European Commission and is under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Sports.
The event is held under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization with the approval of the Hellenic Swimming Federation.
More info here.