The award-winning Navarino Challenge sports tourism event took place on 11-13 October 2019, in Messinia and at Costa Navarino in southern Greece. More than 2,700 participants of all ages enjoyed ‘ideal weather conditions, with a rich program of more than 30 activities.’ The event, hosted by The Westin Resort Costa Navarino was recently recognized as the best sports event in Greece.
Focusing on the global issue of inactivity of youth, the event exhorted young people to get involved in games and sports, through the Active Kids program, and the addition of more kids’ activities in 2019. Navarino Challenge brought together athletes, families and children from 40 countries, including among others, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Lebanon, Netherlands, Moldavia, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Ukraine, USA.
Aiming to protect the environment and the adoption of a more eco-friendly strategy, the event proceeded with the following actions, among others:
- Declared the start and end points of the Navarino Dunes runways as strictly smoke-free areas;
- Declared Voidokilia beach, which the runners crossed, as strictly plastic-free; and
- Offered participants an eco-friendly bag by Luanvi, the event’s official sports supplier.
The event added another surprise. This year’s participants received a medal made only of seagrass from the event’s official supporter, PHEE, a company that innovates by promoting the principles of ‘green’ entrepreneurship and the re-use of natural resources.
The event also offered each participant an olive tree by PlantBox. At the same time, all participants received high quality cosmetics by Messinian Spa.
As the official sports supplier of Navarino Challenge, Luanvi provided the official t-shirt of the event (made 100% of cotton).
The event worked alongside Samsung, official technology partner. During the running routes, participants had the chance to try the next-gen Galaxy Fit, tracking live fitness stats. Meanwhile, Samsung assisted in ‘achieving the zero footprint of the event, contributing to a paperless registration with the use of the innovatory Galaxy Tab S6.’
During the event, Samsung created a special Samsung Βusiness Lounge providing participants of Navarino Challenge with entertainment, while informing them on the business solution of the company, the Samsung Dex. Participants also got to know the smartphones Galaxy Note10 | Note 10+, viewed Samsung QLED 8K TVs and made use of the QLED Gaming Monitor and browsed the multiple functions of the brand’s interactive Flip monitor.
Ford Motor Hellas promoted sports and fair play as the event’s official sponsor and supported the efforts of the fight against childhood obesity. For the sixth consecutive year, athletes and organizers utilised the cars of Ford Motor Hellas, while the brand-new Ford Ranger Raptor was present at Navarino Challenge 2019.