Taking place between 30 June and 2 July 2017 on the island of Patmos, in Greece, the organising team behind the Patmos Revelation has hailed the inaugural event a success, with ‘hundreds of participants embracing the swimming & running races on the Greek island.’
Patmos Municipality, the region of South Aegean and Active Media cooperated to deliver the event. More than 200 professional and amateur athletes from 9 countries (Australia, England, France, Germany, Italy, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey and Greece) visited Patmos to experience the event by swimming in the Aegean waters and running on unique routes that passed through two UNESCO World Heritage Sites (the historic centre of Chora, ‘Holy Monastery of St John the Theologian’, and the ‘Sacred Cave of the Apocalypse’).
The Patmos Revelation event program started with Kids’ Athletics – established by a special panel of scientists from the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) and officially implemented in Greece by the Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS) in cooperation with the Ministry of Education.
On the second day of the event the open water swimming race was held at Grikos bay (event distance of the 1 mile/1.6km). The route was designed by the Federal Technical Coach of Swimming Nikos Gemelos – while the safety of athletes was taken care of by Katerini’s Lifeguard School, Lifeguard Patrol. The swimming race was held under the auspices of the Hellenic Swimming Federation with the presence of the Greek national open water swimming team, headed by the European champion, Antonis Fokaidis.
During the third day, running races of 15km, 5km and 1km (for children) were held – with Skala as the starting point. All routes were designed and edited by the director of All About Running, Nikos Polias. The 15km running route was characterized with similar difficulty level to a marathon race by experts and experienced participant runners.
Participant athletes and supporters travelled in the ‘sacred island of the Dodecanese’ with top Greek shipping company Blue Star Ferries, that facilitated the audience with additional ferry routes and discounts.
Bottled water firm Vikos supported all children’s activities as a sponsor and quenched the thirst of both participants and spectators with its eponymous natural mineral water.
As an official supporter of Patmos Revelation, local 5-star hotel Patmos Aktis Suites & Spa, of the Divine Hotels group, held an event in the presence of media, ambassadors and representatives from the Holy Monastery and Patmos Municipality.
Commemorative gifts were offered by Archimandrite Father Vartholomaios to the Federal Technical Director in Swimming, Nikos Gemelos, by the Mayor of Patmos, Grigoris Stoikos, to the World Champion Periklis Iakovakis and by Patmos Municipality Head of Tourism & Sports Giannis Skebes to the European Swimming Champion of open water swimming, Antonis Fokaidis.
AB Vassilopoulos supermarket chain supported Patmos Revelation by offering products to participants and volunteers.
Another shipping company, Dodekanisos Seaways, also supported logistics for the event. With routes from and to Leros, Kalymnos and Samos, the company ‘enhanced the tourist traffic of the island of Patmos with special discounts.’
At the same time, the event was supported by Sixt rent a car, which covered the event and all visitors’ car rental needs with its fleet. Joining a raft of sponsor partners, the event was supported by the following hospitality sponsors: Patmos Aktis Suites & Spa, Allotina Houses, Skala Hotel Patmos, Onar, Chris Hotel, Archontariki, Alykes Studios, Porto Scoutari, Stefanos Katsaros Studios, Hotel Athina, Hotel Rodon, Villa Zacharo, Grikos Hotel, Hotel Effie, while participants were also served by the official travel agent VitaNTravel.
Patmos Police Station, Patmos Port Authority, Patmos Health Center as well as the volunteers, rescuers and Lifeguards Corps of Hellenic Red Cross Kos helped in the smooth implementation of the races.
The event was held under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization and the Hellenic Swimming Federation.
Assistance was also provided by: SEGAS, IAAF Kids Athletics, GoPro, T & G auto moto rentals, A1 yacht trade consortium, Lifeguard Patrol, Giannaros Theologos. Hospitality sponsors were: Patmos Aktis Suites & Spa, Allotina Houses, Skala Hotel Patmos, Onar, Chris Hotel, Archontariki, Alykes Studios, Porto Scoutari, Stefanos Katsaros Studios, Hotel Athina, Hotel Rodon, Villa Zacharo, Grikos Hotel, Hotel Effie.
The Official Travel Agent was VitaNTravel and the event’s strategic TV partner was National Geographic.