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The Authentic Marathon Swim in Greece to Welcome World Class Athletes

Japanese Olympic champion, Yasunari Hirai will take part in The Authentic Marathon Swim (photo by Danijela Bogdanovic)

This article is brought to you by Active Media Group

Top athletes from all over the world will participate in The Authentic Marathon Swim, a prime sports tourism event scheduled to take place on the Greek island of Evia from September 4-6.

The Authentic Marathon Swim race comes 2,500 years later, at the place where it started, in Artemision.

The interest of swimmers from all over the world, to participate in the authentic marathon swimming route and other swimming activities, is gradually peaking, as the date of the great sporting event approaches, occurring on September 4-6, 2020, at Pefki, Evia, of the Municipality of Istiaia – Edipsos.

World class athletes will attend

The number of participating swimmers listed among the elite of marathon swimming is enriched with major names on a daily basis. Further to the confirmation of the first two hall of famers, the silver Olympic medalist Spyros Gianniotis and the Hungarian swimmer Attila Manyoki, the swimming Olympic champion Petar Stoychev is the third consecutive hall of famer to confirm that he will be taking part in The Authentic Marathon Swim. The Bulgarian champion has participated in 4 Olympics, has 11 consecutive titles in major international open water marathon swimming FINA series and holds the impressive achievement of being in the Ice Swimming Hall of Fame.

The race will also be honored with the participation of the Japanese Olympic champion in Rio, Yasunari Hirai. Top names from Greece will also take part in The Authentic Marathon Swim. Specifically, the open water masters’ world champion, Vicky Kouveli and the bronze medalist in 2011 world open water swimming championship, with 4 participations in Olympics and 37 gold Greek championships, Marianna Lymperta will also compete in the event, together of course with the elite of the Greek national open water swimming team.

Bulgarian Olympic champion & hall famer, Petar Stoychev will take part in The Authentic Marathon Swim (photo by instagram)

In the afternoon of Saturday, September 5, the action will begin with the 3km and 1.5km open water swimming races. Respectively, in the morning of Sunday, September 6, the event will culminate with the revival of the authentic 10km marathon swimming route, while at the same time the 800m children’s race will be taking place.

All swimming routes will be executed with absolute safety at Pefki, Evia, of the Municipality of Istiaia – Edipsos. The Authentic Marathon Swim will be held with the approval of the Hellenic Swimming Federation, according to FINA regulations.


Entries for the event are underway and all interested parties can participate by completing the available form through the following link:

The event, always prioritizing the participants themselves, offers a refund of their registration costs until July 31.

Accommodation packages & offers

The Authentic Marathon Swim already collaborates with more than 30 hotels in the region, with the aim of revitalizing the sports tourism industry of Northern Evia and strengthening the Greek tourism product. Up to this point, this year’s event is enormously supported with special offers and prices starting from 40 euros, by the following hospitality sponsors: Maria Louiza Apartments, Hotel 40 Platania, Altamar Hotel, Ellaeon Throesma, Artemision Hotel, Galini Hotel Edipsos, Ilios Studios, Villa Anastasia, Κochili Apartments, Hydna Studios, Island, Irene Studios, Aidipsos Hotel, Aktaion Hotel, Aenaon Studios, Alex Spa Hotel, Anesis Pefki, Artemis Rooms Pefki, Arethousa Hotel, Avli Hotel, Dimitra Apartments, Ermis Spa Hotel, Evia Dream, Galini Hotel Pefki, Kallithea Hotel, Katerina Apartments, Lito Hotel, Mitho Hotel, Jenny Studios, Papadioti Αpartments, Rodon Hotel, Drosia Studios, Garden Studios Pefki.

Impressive drone footage from Pefki, Evia (photo by the Municipality of Istiaia-Edipsos)

Participants and visitors can take advantage of the special offers, providing reduced accommodation prices and late check out while discovering beautiful hotels in the areas of Pefki, Loutra Edipsos, Artemision, Istiaia, Kanatadika, Neos Pyrgos, Orei and Agiokampos.

Check the event’s specially designed page and discover the accommodation packages and special offers which are valid for the participants:

The Authentic Marathon Swim remains in contact with the state bodies. With its main priority on ensuring public health, organizers work for the event’s smooth and safe operation.

The Authentic Marathon Swim is held under the Auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization and it is listed in the “Thermopylae-Salamis 2020” Anniversary framework. The event is organized by the Municipality of Istiaia-Edipsos while Active Media Group is responsible for its sports production.

The Authentic Marathon Swim has joined the Greek actions of the #BeactiveHellas 2020 programme of the European Commission and is held under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Sports.

The event has joined the swimming community Global Swim Series (GSS).

Official Sponsor: Philosofish
Official Water: Vikos Natural Mineral Water
Official Clothing Partner: Luanvi
Official Sports Supplier: Mosconi
Official Car Rental Partner: Avance
Official Beauty Partner: Messinian Spa
Security Partner: Target Security
Partners: Syconia, Dirfis Mushrooms, Fysiotek Sports Lab
Athletic Partners: Red Swim Academy, Swim Academy, Leandros,, LA Elite Fitness
Media Partner:
Assisted by: Lifeguard Patrol, Meliriton, To Kochili
Sports Production: Active Media Group


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