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Navarino Challenge 2019 goes green


In its 7th edition, the organising team at this year’s Navarino Challenge note that the event continues to innovate with a roster of environmentally friendly activities. The sports tourism event in Greece will be held from 11-13 October 2019, in Messinia and at Costa Navarino.

With a view to adopting a more eco-friendly strategy, the organizers:

  • Have declared the start and end points of the Navarino Dunes runways as strictly smoke-free areas
  • Have declared Voidokilia beach, through which the runners cross, as strictly plastic-free; and
  • Will offer participants an eco-friendly bag by Luanvi, the event’s official sports supplier.

This year, the event will further promote charity by supporting: the Institute of Preventive Medicine, Environmental and Occupational Health; Prolepsis with a program on food aid; as well as the promotion of healthy nutrition with DIATROFI.

Additionally, the Captain Vasilis and Carmen Konstantakopoulos Foundation will support WWF Hellas and Karkinaki. All event participants can contribute any sum they wish through the GivenGain online platform.

The Navarino Challenge team add that the event allows participants to be informed and involved in its activities to support the ‘sacred goal of combating childhood obesity through exercise, and awareness of the benefits of a Mediterranean diet.’

As part of this year’s Navarino Challenge, Barney Spender and Roddy Gibson’s award-winning documentary ‘The Road to Sparta’ will be screened at the Agora, Costa Navarino, on Friday, October 11. The documentary recounts the effort of four runners, including that of Greek-American ultramarathon athlete Dean Karnazes (who participated with the Navarino Challenge Support Team) to run the Sparthathlon race.

Running routes
Participants can choose between the Ford Go Further Greek Half-Marathon (21.1km), 10km by PlantBox, and 5km (running & walking). Starting from the Navarino Dunes of Costa Navarino, professional and amateur athletes will run along the coast to Pylos, crossing Voidokilia beach. The run events combine a mix of soil, sand and asphalt.

Open water
Open water swimming participants will be timed at Navarino Bay, in the port of Pylos, covering the 1 mile (1.6km) swimming route.

The olive tree, a key symbol of Ancient Greece, the Olympic Games, and the Mediterranean diet, and of Messinia in particular, is given its due place of honour at Navarino Challenge. Peloponnese-based PlantBox will offer an original olive tree package to each participant. Participants will also receive high quality cosmetics by Messinian Spa, a range of cosmetics based on Kalamata olive oil and other natural Greek products.

Navarino Challenge participants who have booked their package at the Westin Resort Costa Navarino, taking part in the main events (running, swimming), can also enjoy a full programme that includes more than 20 sporting activities.

Samsung is the event’s official technology partner for another year. Official sponsors of the event are Ford Motor Hellas and the Natural Mineral Water Vikos. Luanvi is the official sports supplier of the event.

Official supporters are Poseidonia, Municipality of Pylos-Nestor and PlantBox. Messinian Spa is event’s the Official Beauty Partner for the first time. Partners of the event are Pylos Poems, Fysiotek Sports Lab and Athens Easy Transfers.

Avance Rent A Car is the official rental partner. National Geographic is the strategic partner of the event and 24 Media is its media partner.

Navarino Challenge is held under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization with the approval of the Hellenic Swimming Federation. Navarino Challenge is co-organized by Costa Navarino, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and Active Media Group with the support of the Municipalities of Pylos-Nestor and Trifilia.



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