4th San­torini Ex­pe­ri­ence

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You are lucky to be in San­torini in the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber, as one of the big­gest sports events of San­torini is on its way. San­torini Ex­pe­ri­ence is for the 4th year on our is­land and ath­letes from all over the world are pre­par­ing to par­tic­i­pate in the events: run­ning from Oia to Fira and back and swim­ming from the vol­cano to the Old Port.

Stay tuned for the de­tails!

Run­ning

Re­gard­ing the rac­ing part of the event, on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 6th, the sched­ule in­cludes 3 dif­fer­ent trail run­ning routes es­pe­cially for fans of run­ning, which have as back­ground the unique im­ages of the vol­cano over­look­ing the Caldera as well as the stun­ning set­tle­ments at Imerovigli, Firoste­fani and Oia. In par­tic­u­lar, the 5 km “Aris­tides Alafouzos” route, is ideal for 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, who stressed: “It is a great plea­sure for us, to be on the beau­ti­ful is­land of San­torini, for the fourth con­sec­u­tive year, to live an­other breath­tak­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with 3 splen­did routes on the Caldera, hav­ing as a back­drop the is­land’s world­fa­mous vol­cano. Three quite de­mand­ing routes, with a 135m. min­i­mum al­ti­tude and a 334m. max­i­mum al­ti­tude. On a dirt path with re­cessed stones, with paved and as­phalt road in some points, mak­ing it even more dif­fi­cult for the run­ners. Our goal this year is to see as many run­ners as pos­si­ble from many places around the world, since last year we had the im­pres­sive num­ber of par­tic­i­pants from more than 40 coun­tries. San­torini Ex­pe­ri­ence has been es­tab­lished in the run­ners’ con­scious­ness and we wish ev­ery­one who chooses this event to be com­pletely sat­is­fied”.

“San­torini Ex­pe­ri­ence” has joined the World’s Marathons world run­ning com­mu­nity (which counts more than 4,146 races all over the world).

Swim­ming

As far as the open wa­ter swim­ming race is con­cerned, we must high­light that any event in­volv­ing an open wa­ter swim­ming race should take place only by hav­ing the ap­proval of the Hel­lenic Swim­ming Fed­er­a­tion, in ac­cor­dance with FINA’s safety rules; as is al­ways the case with “San­torini Ex­pe­ri­ence”. This year many great Greek ath­letes will par­tic­i­pate in the open wa­ter swim­ming race. Mem­bers of the Greek Na­tional Swim­ming Team, such as the world cham­pi­ons Kelly Araouzou and An­to­nis Fokaidis, Euro­pean cham­pion Gior­gos Ar­ni­akos and Greek cham­pi­ons Dim­itris Ne­gris, Stel­lina Aplanti, De­jan Jo­vanovic and Dim­itris Man­ios.

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