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As the registration is open, the top and highly successful sports tourism event in Greece, Santorini Experience, takes place for the 5th consecutive year on the beautiful Cyclades island on October 4-6, 2019.
For running fans, 3 different routes will take place on Saturday October 5, with the unique images of the volcano as their setting, overlooking the Caldera and passing through the settlements of Imerovigli, Firostefani and Oia. In particular, the 5 km route, named “Aristides Alafouzos” as of last year, deals with running and dynamic walking, the 10 km route is designed for the experienced runners and the 15 km route for those who love power, stamina, technique and adrenaline. All routes start from the desalination plant in Oia, including parts of trail track, and finish in Oia. The running routes are designed by the former marathon runner, Greek classic route record holder, running trainer and director of All About Running, Nikos Polias.
Open water swimming by Vikos, as always, takes place at the last day of the event, Sunday October 6, and includes the 1,5 mile (2,4 km) race. Participants will have the opportunity to swim from the volcano to the old port of Fira. Organization will provide amateur athletes with a high-quality safety lifeguard buoy, giving them extra motive to choose Santorini Experience.
Swimming route will take place with the upmost safety in the enchanting sea of Santorini (average water temperature of 20-22 degrees Celsius), under the technical direction of federal coach with Olympic and World Championship distinctions, Nikos Gemelos, who has designed this unique route. Once again, specialized lifeguards of Lifeguard Patrol will contribute in safety measures, providing staff as well as lifeboats. Distinguished age categories will be formed depending on the final participation entries, while an extra classification for those wearing wetsuits will be added.
Santorini Experience is a co-organization of Municipality of Santorini, DAPPOS and Active Media Group. The event is held under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization with the approval of the Hellenic Swimming Federation. More info on www.santorini-experience.com.
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.
More info on www.santorini-experience.com.
GTP Headlines is a media sponsor of the Santorini Experience 2019.