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1st Ierapetra Half Marathon

Crete | Ierapetra - Half Marathon

The 1st Ierapetra Half Marathon is a fascinating new running event taking place in southeast Crete, the Southernmost City of Europe "the bridge of the Libyan sea", giving the chance to experience running at the most sun-kissed holiday spot in the Old Continent, enchanting for its history, gorgeous for its natural beauty, ideal for day trips to mountainous and seaside villages.

Welcome
Welcome to the 1st Ierapetra Half Marathon, taking place at the longest beach in Crete, offering an endless choice of golden beaches with deep crystal blue waters, far away from industrial areas and ships passing by and the opportunity to enjoy the smoothest, almost rainless weather in Europe

What
Half Marathon

Where
Ierapetra, southeast of the Greek island of Crete

When
Sunday, 25th of August 2013

Why
Because it is the best way to combine running in a beautiful route with exploring a sun drenched paradise of long sandy beaches and isolated coves. It is an excellent occasion to swim and relax in beaches that are awarded with the European Committee's Blue Flags each single year. Furthermore, Ierapetra has been awarded again in 2012 with a Gold Medal from the Quality Coast Association.

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 Ierapetra including your entry to the race, to a full vacation plan in Ierapetra and the surrounding area!

Moreover, we can offer you training plans, actual training in the streets and routes of Ierapetra 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!
Race Date
Sunday, 25th of August 2013

Event Schedule
Starting time: 17:30

Distances: Half Marathon Race

Organizer: Municipality of Ierapetra

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)
- Participation diploma
- Commemorative Medal for participation
- Commemorative t-shirt
- Race bag
- Pasta party

Deadline registration
Registration is open until Friday, 23rd of August 2013. Participation can be obtained via online registration.

Route
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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 special health checkup for all runners, and members of their families.

Aid Stations
There will be seven aid stations to support the runners with isotonic, energy drinks and water.

Awards (Categories Age)
Men and Women: 18-39
Men and Women: Over 40
The first three male / female in each category as mentioned above will be awarded with an award medal and diploma. A commemorative medal and a diploma of participation will be given to all runners who finish the race.
Simple Running Offer: from €50 » BOOK NOW
The Simple offer is addressed to those who wish to come and stay in Ierapetra on their own. It includes all the logistics of the race entry, pasta party, transportation to and from the starting line, 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!

Running Offer: from €200 » BOOK NOW
This offer is ideal for those who want to experience Greece the "running way", and get the most out of their visit in Ierapetra. We have selected the ideal locations for you, and we will suggest you the ideal vacation plan. It includes the round trip from your hotel to the starting line and the hotel arrangements in Ierapetra. It also includes your registration to the race and all the logistics of the race entry, pasta party, 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, suggested vacation plan for all the days that you will be in Greece, and many more! It starts from €200 per person (runner or not) for a three days/two-nights accommodation in a 4star hotel. If you wish to stay longer, you may add as many nights as you want for an additional €60 per night per person.

Special Running Offer » Get a Custom Quote
Please tell us all your requirements and preferences, how many days you want to spend in Ierapetra or Greece, what other places you wish to visit (e.g.Athens, Greek islands etc) 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, pasta party, 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 Greece.

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, pasta party, 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 Greece.
Ierapetra is in southeast Crete, in an extremely strategic position controlling the south coast of Crete and the Libyan Sea. Crete is the largest island of Greece and the 5th in size in the Mediterranean Sea area, preceded by Sicily, Sardinia, Cyprus and Corsica. Steeped in history and culture, scented by thyme and wild herbs, Crete still has enough paradise to offer with its abundance of myths, legends and history, a breathtaking landscape, an exceptional blend of past and present, and a plentitude of choices.
Dramatic mountain ranges are dotted with caves and sliced by deep gorges, and its rugged interior is blanketed in olive groves, wild flowers and aromatic herbs.

Ierapetra is a beautiful and diverse place, with bright sun, smooth coastlines, endless beaches, wild mountains, forests and springs, that visitors will come to understand its name "Nymph of the Libyan sea". It combines a brilliant past with a present of economic growth and extension.
A tempting variety of shops, open-air cafes, bars, restaurants and traditional taverns, makes Ierapetra the ideal place to relax, enjoying shopping, eating, drinking or simply wondering around. Picking the peaceful cobbled streets of the old city in Kato Mera or the busier seafront, visitors will undoubtedly relish a walk in the charm of genuine Cretan sounds, smells, tastes, colours and handmade artifacts.

Some of the spots that are really worth seeing are the mosque opposite the Ottoman fountain, the Venetian castle "Kales" which is the most well-known site of the city, the "Napoleon’s House", where the great man is said to have stayed overnight in 1789.
A unique beach experience is the volcanic little island of Chryssi or Gaidouronisi (donkey island), which will take tourists away with its stunning natural beauty.
Human presence on the island dates back to the Minoan times but only recently the natural environment has been disturbed. The preservation of such a special place, apart from the ethical element, is also imposed by strict national and European law.





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