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Greece’s ‘Authentic Marathon Swim’ Scheduled for July 2-4

Impressive photo from the swimming of the Authentic Marathon Swim (photo by Elias Lefas @ Authentic Marathon Swim)

Following its historical revival in Greece, the Authentic Marathon Swim will return for the second consecutive year during July 2-4 at Artemision.

Amateur and professional swimmers from both Greece and abroad will have the opportunity to enjoy the exciting sports event at Pefki, located in Evia of the Municipality of Istiaia – Edipsos, with absolute safety.

The authentic route

Impressive photo from the 10km swimming race at the straits of Artemision (photo by Angelos Zymaras @ Authentic Marathon Swim)

Further to last year’s participation of world-class names, the authentic 10km route will revive once again after 2,500 years, giving swimmers from all over the world the opportunity to swim over the shipwrecks of the naval battle of Artemision that took place in 480 B.C. Athletes will follow the example of Skyllias and his daughter Hydnareferred to as the very first “marathon swimmers” by ancient Greek historian Herodotuswho helped the Greek forces in the historic naval battle of Artemision against the Persian fleet. The demanding route will be held at the straits of Artemision, connecting Central Greece with Thessaly and the regional units of Evia, Magnesia and Fthiotida.

Early Bird registrations – New 5km route added

Impressive drone footage of the swimming races at Pefki, of the Municipality of Istiaia-Edipsos (photo by Dimitris Andritsos Photography @ Authentic Marathon Swim)

Participants can now register and take part in the exciting 10km, 3km and 1.5km routes, as well as in the new 5km route that will be held this year for the first time, taking advantage of the early bird prices. Offers are valid until April 30, reaching up to a 33 percent discount. Registration for the 800m children’s race is free. The routes of 5km, 3km, 1.5km and 800m. have Pefki beach as their starting and finishing point. Registrations can be made here: https://bit.ly/2ZdTRFF 

Safety in all races

Drone footage of the safe distances kept at the starting line of swimmers during last year’s event (photo by Dimitris Andritsos Photography @ Authentic Marathon Swim)

Last year’s strict adherence to safety measures will be used as a guide for the safe implementation of all races this year. The event will be held in accordance with FINA regulations and the health protocol to be established by the experienced team of Active Media Group, based on the expert instructions of the Hellenic Swimming Federation and the recommendations of the Greek General Secretariat of Sports’ Health Scientific Committee, in order to ensure the health of athletes and attendees.

All routes of the Authentic Marathon Swim have been planned by the Greek national swimming coach with distinctions in Olympic Games & world open water swimming championships, Nikos Gemelos. The event prioritizing the absolute safety of its athletes, will provide once again everyone with a safety lifeguard buoy since its use by professional and amateur athletes is mandatory.

The event is organized by the Municipality of Istiaia-Edipsos, while ActiveMedia Group is responsible for its sports production.

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