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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 6th consecutive year on the beautiful Cyclades island on October 2-4, 2020.
For running fans, 2 different routes will take place on Saturday October 3, 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 10 km route is designed for the experienced runners and the 15 km route, named “Aristides Alafouzos” 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 routes of Santorini Experience have been designed on the enchanting path that connects Oia with Fira, featuring breathtaking views. Runners will discover the totally white, majestic settlements built on the edge of the Caldera, with the picturesque cobbled streets and the impressive churches. Athletes will run at a maximum altitude of 334 meters above sea level, with a wonderful view of the clear blue waters of the Aegean and the islet of Nea Kameni while they will find themselves only a breath away from the sky. The exciting 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, as always, takes place at the last day of the event, Sunday October 4, 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 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 award-winning Active Media Group is responsible for the event’s Sports Production. The event is held with the approval of the Hellenic Swimming Federation. The 10km race will be organized along with AS Ifestos Thiras and EAS SEGAS Cyclades Region and is approved by the Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS).
Santorini Experience has joined the Greek actions of the #BeactiveHellas 2020 program of the European Commission and is under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Sports.
Check the event’s specially designed page and discover the accommodation packages and special offers that are valid for the participants.
More info on www.santorini-experience.com.
GTP Headlines is a media sponsor of the Santorini Experience 2020.