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Navarino Challenge 2016

Peloponnese

"Navarino Challenge 2016" is taking place in one of the most breathtaking and unspoiled landscapes in Greece, where the film "Before Midnight", sequel to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, was wrapped and shot. It aims to the awareness regarding childhood obesity and the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, an idea of the world's leading Greek American Supreme Marathon runner, Dean Karnazes.

Welcome
Welcome to the "Navarino Challenge 2016", offering the opportunity to runners to enjoy a magnificent route in a charismatic place that is bounded on the east by Mount Taygetus, on the north by the river Neda and the Arcadian Mountains, satisfying all tastes and wishes.

What
Half Marathon, 10km, 5km (running and dynamic walking), kids race-1km
Swimming (1km), SUP (Stand Up Paddling)

Where
Messene, in the region of Peloponnese

When
Weekend 9-11 September 2016

Why
Because it is the best way to combine running in a beautiful route and exploring one of the most interesting, exciting and historic cities. Touring around Messinia is like traveling back to the most important phases of Greek history: Homeric cities, Mycenaean tombs, classical temples, ancient theatres, Byzantine churches, Medieval castles, are only few of the landmarks in this magical trip. Messinia offers a wide range of landscape, as visitors can cross its watery ways, enjoy the sea breeze and rest under the shadow of its mythical mountains.

How
Contact us and we will make you an unbeatable offer to suit your needs and preferences:
We offer several options varying from short weekend breaks in Messinia including your entry to the race, to a full vacation plan in Messinia and the surrounding area!

Moreover, we can offer you training plans, actual training in the streets and routes of Messinia and of course we will run with you!

For more information and detail please call: +30 6978 524 433
Or email: info[@]runningreece.com

We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Happy runs!
Races date: Weekend 9-11 September 2016

Races
Half Marathon, 10km, 5km (running and dynamic walking), kids race-1km, Swimming (1km), SUP (Stand Up Paddling)

Entry fee
Your participation to the race is paid and secured by RunninGreece.

The participation includes the following benefits
- Electronic timer (official time and place)
- Commemorative Medal for participation
- Commemorative t-shirt
- Clothing and personal belongings management

Deadline registration
Registration is open until Friday,2nd of September 2016 or until a specific number of applications is reached.

Event schedule

Saturday, 10th of September 2016
08.30-10.30 Receive the Numbers at Pylos Port
10.00 Start of 1mile swimming race from Pylos Port
10.30-11.30 Kids’ Athletics for kids 5 to 12 in the main square of Pylos
11.30 SUP Demonstration race by BIC Sport at Pylos Port
12.30 Demonstration race with Optimist and Laser Boats
13.00 Ceremony and Events at Pylos Port

Sunday, 11th of September 2016
07.15 Receive Numbers from Navarino Outdoors/Costa Navarino after the Westin Tennis Court
08.05 Warm- up with the team of the Pilates instructor
08.15 Start of Half- marathon route (21.1) km
08.15 Start of 10km route
08.20 Warm- up with the team of the Pilates instructor
08.30 Start of 5km route (for running and dynamic walking)
09.15 Warm- up with the team of the Pilates instructor
09.30 Start of 1km route for children
09.45 Cooking Challenge
10.00-10.30 Ceremony and Events
12.00 End of Activities

Route
All running routes start and finish inside the facilities of Costa Navarino.
Beginning from Costa Navarino -Coastal Direction towards Pylos, with parts of trail track, arround Voidokilia - Return to Costa Navarino


Swimming (1km): Port of Pylos
SUP (Stand Up Paddling): Port of Pylos


Awards and prizes
Awards will be given to each of the first three winners of the general category (men and women). All participants in all runs will receive a commemorative medal.

Health coverage
In any case all runners participate solely at their own risk. The organizers have no responsibility for whatever happens to the runners related to health issues or is due to lack of preventive medical check. It is highly recommended that the participants undergo a thorough medical examination before entering the race. The organizers will not ask for medical certificates from any athlete (male and female, since they all participate at their own exclusive risk and responsibility (children are at the liability of their parents or guardians). we will also provide offers for the special health checkup for all runners, and members of their families.

Electronic time
All participation will be timed using an electronic timing system.
Single Activity Offer: from €20 » BOOK NOW
The Single Activity offer is addressed to those who wish to come and stay in Messinia on their own. This offer is ideal for those who want to experience Messinia the “running way”, and get the most out of their visit in Messinia.
Select your favorite activity: Running, Swimming or SUP and we will make the rest for you… We will also provide you with tips for your activity and vacation plan to make the most out of your time in Messinia!
It includes:
• BIB number
• Timing Chip
• Commemorative Medal for participation
• Technical running t-shirt
• Special RunninGreece starting pack
• your registration to the race and all the logistics of the race entry
• special RunninGreece starting pack
• safe keeping of your belonging during the race
• many more like: tips and advice for the specific race, training schedule depending on your personal targets

The Single Activity offer is addressed to those who wish to come and stay in Messinia on their own. It includes all the logistics of the race entry, tips and advice for the specific race, training schedule depending on your personal targets and safe keeping of your belonging during the race. If you really want to feel like a champion, we are here to support you!

Multiple Activities Offer: from €30 » BOOK NOW
The Multiple Activities offer is addressed to those who wish to come and stay in Messinia on their own. This offer is ideal for those who want to experience Messinia the sports way and test themselves in more than one activities. Select any of your favorites between Running, Swimming or SUP and we will make the rest for you…
We will also provide you with tips for your activity and vacation plan to make the most out of your time in Messinia!
It includes:
• BIB number
• Timing Chip
• Commemorative Medal for participation
• Technical running t-shirt
• Special RunninGreece starting pack
• your registration to the race and all the logistics of the race entry
• safe keeping of your belonging during the race
• many more like: tips and advice for the specific race, training schedule depending on your personal targets

The Mutliple Activities offer is addressed to those who wish to come and stay in Messinia on their own. It includes all the logistics of the race entry, tips and advice for the specific event and of course suggestions to enjoy this unique area.
If you really want to feel like a champion, we are here to support you!

Running Offer #1: from €230(3 days-2 nights accommodation) per person » BOOK NOW
This offer is ideal for those who want to experience Costa Navarino, and get the most out of their participation to Navarino Challenge. We have selected the ideal locations for you, and we will suggest you the ideal vacation plan.
It includes:
- Accommodation in the Westin Resort Costa Navarino, deluxe garden view for 2 nights
- Rich Breakfast buffet
- Transfer to the participants of the swimming race to Pylos Port
- Participation in more than 15 sports activities: golf, boccia, pilates, Tae Kwo do, climbing, kick boxing, dancing, baby swimming, Aqua Aerobic, kids Athletics, basketball, diving, special prices for bike ride in Voidokilia
- Free access to the Westin Workout Gym
- A “Night to Remember” bu Qatar Airways, Cocktail Night/Awards Ceremony
- The registration and all the logistics of the race entry in any of the activities you wish
- Technical running t-shirt
- Special RunninGreece starting pack
- Commemorative diploma for participation
- Tips and advice for the specific race
- Training schedule depending on your personal targets
- Safe keeping of clothing and personal belongings during the race.
- The above (3days/2nights) offer is per person, double occupancy

Running Offer #2: from €260 (3 days-2 nights accommodation) per person » BOOK NOW
This offer is ideal for those who want to experience Costa Navarino, and get the most out of their participation to Navarino Challenge. We have selected the ideal locations for you, and we will suggest you the ideal vacation plan.
It includes:
- Accommodation in the Westin Resort Costa Navarino, deluxe garden view for 2 nights
- Rich Breakfast buffet
- Buffet Dinner ( without drinks) at the hotel’s main restaurant in the Westin Resort Costa Navarino
- Transfer to the participants of the swimming race to Pylos Port
- Participation in more than 15 sports activities: golf, boccia, pilates, Tae Kwo do, climbing, kick boxing, dancing, baby swimming, Aqua Aerobic, kids Athletics, basketball, diving, special prices for bike ride in Voidokilia
- Free access to the Westin Workout Gym
- A “Night to Remember” bu Qatar Airways, Cocktail Night/Awards Ceremony
- The registration and all the logistics of the race entry in any of the activities you wish
- Technical running t-shirt
- Special RunninGreece starting pack
- Commemorative diploma for participation
- Tips and advice for the specific race
- Training schedule depending on your personal targets
- Safe keeping of clothing and personal belongings during the race.

- The above (3days/2nights) offer is per person, double occupancy

Running Offer #3: from €300 (3 days-2 nights accommodation) per person » BOOK NOW
This offer is ideal for those who want to experience Costa Navarino, and get the most out of their participation to Navarino Challenge. We have selected the ideal locations for you, and we will suggest you the ideal vacation plan.
It includes:
- Accommodation in the Westin Resort Costa Navarino, deluxe garden view for 2 nights
- Rich Breakfast buffet
- 2 Buffet Dinners ( without drinks) at the hotel’s main restaurant in the Westin Resort Costa Navarino
- Transfer to the participants of the swimming race to Pylos Port
- Participation in more than 15 sports activities: golf, boccia, pilates, Tae Kwo do, climbing, kick boxing, dancing, baby swimming, Aqua Aerobic, kids Athletics, basketball, diving, special prices for bike ride in Voidokilia
- Free access to the Westin Workout Gym
- A “Night to Remember” bu Qatar Airways, Cocktail Night/Awards Ceremony
- The registration and all the logistics of the race entry in any of the activities you wish
- Technical running t-shirt
- Special RunninGreece starting pack
- Commemorative diploma for participation
- Tips and advice for the specific race
- Training schedule depending on your personal targets
- Safe keeping of clothing and personal belongings during the race.

- The above (3days/2nights) offer is per person, double occupancy

Running Offer #4: from €335 (4 days-3 nights accommodation) per person » BOOK NOW
This offer is ideal for those who want to experience Costa Navarino, and get the most out of their participation to Navarino Challenge. We have selected the ideal locations for you, and we will suggest you the ideal vacation plan.
It includes:
- Accommodation in the Westin Resort Costa Navarino, deluxe garden view for 3 nights
- Rich Breakfast buffet
- Transfer to the participants of the swimming race to Pylos Port
- Participation in more than 15 sports activities: golf, boccia, pilates, Tae Kwo do, climbing, kick boxing, dancing, baby swimming, Aqua Aerobic, kids Athletics, basketball, diving, special prices for bike ride in Voidokilia
- Free access to the Westin Workout Gym
- A “Night to Remember” bu Qatar Airways, Cocktail Night/Awards Ceremony
- The registration and all the logistics of the race entry in any of the activities you wish
- Technical running t-shirt
- Special RunninGreece starting pack
- Commemorative diploma for participation
- Tips and advice for the specific race
- Training schedule depending on your personal targets
- Safe keeping of clothing and personal belongings during the race.

- The above (4days/3nights) offer is per person, double occupancy

Running Offer #5: from 60 € (2 days-1 night accommodation) per person » BOOK NOW
This offer is ideal for those who want to experience Messinia the “running way”, and get the most out of their participation to Navarino Challenge. We have selected the ideal locations for you, and we will suggest you the ideal vacation plan
It includes:
- Hotel accommodation for one night in 3 star or better hotel in Pylos (Hotel Navarone, 12Gods hotel and many more… (depending on availability)
- The registration and all the logistics of the race entry in any of your favorite activities
- Special RunninGreece starting pack
- Technical t-shirt
- Special RunninGreece starting pack
- Commemorative diploma for participation
- Tips and advice for the specific race
- Training schedule depending on your personal targets
- Safe keeping of clothing and personal belongings during the race.

It starts from €60 per person (runner or not) for a two days/one-night accommodation. If you wish to stay longer, you may add as many nights as you want for an additional €30 per night per person.

- Single supplement: €20

Special Running Offer » Get a Custom Quote
Please tell us all your requirements and preferences, how many days you want to spend in Messinia, what other places you wish to visit and we will come back with a tailor-made offer specific for you! We can add trainings, running tours, car/bike rental, excursions, family activities and many more. In any case our offer will include the hotel arrangements, transportation to and from your hotel, participation to the race and all the logistics of the race entry, transportation to and from the starting line, tips and advice for the specific race, training schedule depending on your personal targets, safe keeping of your belonging during the race and suggested vacation plan for all the days that you will be in Messinia.

Group Running Offer » Get a Custom Quote
If you are a group of people, please tell us all your requirements, how many of you are running, what you like and what you do not like and we will come back with a tailor-made offer specific for you and your company!
We can add trainings, running tours, car/bike rental, excursions, family activities and many more. In any case our offer will include the hotel arrangements, transportation to and from your hotel, participation to the race and all the logistics of the race entry, transportation to and from the starting line, tips and advice for the specific race, training schedule depending on your personal targets, safe keeping of your belonging during the race and suggested vacation plan for all the days that you will be in Messinia.
Messenia is a prefecture in the Peloponnese, a region of Greece. Messenia is bounded on the east by Mount Taygetus, on the north by the river Neda and the Arcadian Mountains, and on the west and south by the Mediterranean Sea, more specifically on the west by the Ionian Sea, and on the south by the Gulf of Messenia.

Messinia is being habited for thousand years, with a great history as a background. Witnesses of its long history are the countless classical, byzantine and newer monuments in the prefecture. Monuments and cultural inheritance of Messinia, in combination with the beautiful landscape that surrounds them, give a magic power to Messinia,that captures even the most demanding visitor.

Some of the places that are worth visiting are Kalamata city, Pilos, Methoni, Koroni towns, Ancient Messene, Neda River, Voidokilia beach, Kardamili village, Pollimnio Waterfalls.
Ancient Messene is a significant ancient city in terms of its size, form, and state of preservation, and still has much to offer. It possesses not only sanctuaries and public buildings, but also imposing fortifications, and houses and tombs. Αmidst the peaks of Mt. Tetrazio, at the northern end of Messinia, Neda, the only female-gender river of Greece, flows towards the gulf of Kiparissia. Kardamili is a spectacularly beautiful seaside village located in Mani, the coast of Greece defined by travel connoisseurs as the New Côte d'Azur.

Set dramatically against a backdrop of crystalline aqua-blue waters, majestic cypress trees, wild olive groves, verdant rolling hills and distant snowcapped mountains, it is one of the prettiest of villages that overlook the calm seas and splendid sunsets of the Messinian Gulf. Voidokilia beach, which is situated at 12 km from the city of Pylos, in the north of the Navarino bay, is not only one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, but maybe also in the Mediterranean Sea.
The sheltered bay is referred to in Homer's Odyssey and archaeologists believe it was used by King Nestor as a port in ancient times. Polilimnio Canyon is a magic place with waterfalls and lakes, beautiful wooden bridges that seems it is a hidden paradise.


Ancient Messene is a significant ancient city in terms of its size, form, and state of preservation, and still has much to offer. It possesses not only sanctuaries and public buildings, but also imposing fortifications, and houses and tombs. Αmidst the peaks of Mt. Tetrazio, at the northern end of Messinia, Neda, the only female-gender river of Greece, flows towards the gulf of Kiparissia.
Kardamili is a spectacularly beautiful seaside village located in Mani, the coast of Greece defined by travel connoisseurs as the New Côte d'Azur. Set dramatically against a backdrop of crystalline aqua-blue waters, majestic cypress trees, wild olive groves, verdant rolling hills and distant snowcapped mountains, it is one of the prettiest of villages that overlook the calm seas and splendid sunsets of the Messinian Gulf.

Voidokilia beach, which is situated at 12 km from the city of Pylos, in the north of the Navarino bay, is not only one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, but maybe also in the Mediterranean Sea.
The sheltered bay is referred to in Homer's Odyssey and archaeologists believe it was used by King Nestor as a port in ancient times. Polilimnio Canyon is a magic place with waterfalls and lakes, beautiful wooden bridges that seems it is a hidden paradise.

Visitors will be astonished by the wealth waiting for them in the form of local cuisine and will surprisingly discover the fundamental relation between food and enjoyment to the Greek everyday life.

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