Luxury Greek destination Costa Navarino has reportedly been hailed as ‘an outstanding triathlon venue’, following the hosting of the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Greece.
The event welcomed more than 4,500 athletes, visitors and volunteers to the Peloponnese peninsula in southern Greece on April 14, 2019. Race participants swam 1.9km in the Ionian Sea, cycled 90km through picturesque villages, ancient olive groves and pine-covered hills, before running 21km alongside beaches and paths towards the finishing line at The Romanos, a luxury resort at Costa Navarino.
IRONMAN 70.3 Greece 2019 offered 30 qualifying slots for the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France.
In a release, the Costa Navarino tourism authority noted that ‘The breath-taking scenery and natural beauty of the area made the gruelling challenge a little more bearable for the athletes as they enjoyed one of the most spectacular landscapes in the Mediterranean – surrounded by unrivalled views of mountains, forests, rivers and the sea.’
The region boasts landscapes, a cultural heritage spanning 4,500 years and inviting year-round weather conditions, making it an ideal destination for an IRONMAN 70.3 race… ‘With a heritage that includes the rich tapestry of kings and queens, honour and tradition, war and friendship, Costa Navarino provides the perfect base from which to explore and discover a fascinating history.’
Athletes and their travelling companions can visit Neolithic settlements, Mycenaean palaces, Classical temples, Byzantine churches and Medieval castles, all within easy reach both from Messinia as well as in the broader region of the Peloponnese.
Costa Navarino’s sporting offering includes two golf courses, a race track for go-karting and a 95m2 climbing wall to help prepare those keen to also take on the Messinia cliff faces in the area. Facilities for tennis, squash, football, basketball and bowling make it a destination for sports enthusiasts.
The 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Greece will take place at Costa Navarino on April 5, 2020.