Taking place between 30 June and 2 July 2017 on the island of Patmos in Greece, the inaugural Patmos Revelation is a new race experience incorporating a run event and a swim event – wrapped up with a sports tourism focus.
The run event has a 5km route (starting from Skala, following the coastal route to Grikos and returning to Skala) and a 15km route (starting from Skala, following the coastal route to Grikos, crossing the town of Chora and returning to Skala).
The scenic routes have been designed by the director of All About Running, Nikos Polias – a Greek marathon runner who is also the official timer of a number of major running events in Greece.
The open water swimming component has been designed by Greek Federal Technical Coach of Swimming Nikos Gemelos, and will be held at Grikos Bay. Here, swimmers will have to cover a 1 mile (1.6km) distance. The safety of athletes will be taken care of by Katerini’s Lifeguard School and Lifeguard Patrol.
Nikos Gemelos said “For the first time we will be on the beautiful island of Patmos to organize an open water swimming race with the best possible safety standards. This top Olympic sport will be included in the program of the event and our goal is to promote Greece abroad through sports tourism.”
A proportion of revenue from Patmos Revelation will support the local Patmiada Ecclesiastical School. The event will offer a full entertainment package to participants. The Municipality of Patmos, in cooperation with the Region of South Aegean and Active Media, aims to highlight the element of sports tourism and to ‘attract as many tourists as possible to participate, to compete and to experience a part of history’.
In terms of travel and accommodation for those who participate in Patmos Revelation, the race organizing team has ensured special ferry routes by Blue Star Ferries as well as other travel and accommodation packages. VitaNTravel, as the official travel agent of the event, will take care of this element of the sports tourism package.
Official sponsors of the event include: Blue Star Ferries and Vikos Natural Mineral Water. In addition to VitaNTravel as official travel agent, other event supports are: Patmos Aktis Suites & Spa and 1001 flights.