Navarino Challenge Honored as Best Tourism Event in Greece

Kids participating in the Navarino Challenge. Photo by Mike Tsolis

ATHENS – The Navarino Challenge was honored with the gold award as the best tourism event in Greece at the Event Awards 2018.

The event, which will take place for the 6th consecutive year in Messinia and Costa Navarino, October 12-14, enriches its program with new activities for kids. This year’s event includes “beachathlon,” track and field races for children at The Dunes Beach under the supervision of Periklis Iakovakis, the Olympic and European Champion in 400 meters with hurdles.

Iakovakis said of the activity: “Classic sports have three general categories of racing: running, jumping, and throwing. This year at Navarino Challenge we will become acquainted with some of these races in a slightly different way. We will not conduct them at a stadium, nor at any other sports venue, but on the beautiful beach of Costa Navarino! Taking advantage of the unique facilities of this area we thought about creating a track and field event on the beach. That’s how we decided to create Beachathlon. On the sand, children will have the opportunity to test their strengths in various track and field sports that will be adapted to this environment. Our goal is to make this acquaintance with the classic sports activities even more entertaining and original and to give the opportunity to children of all ages to discover their abilities at Navarino Challenge Beachathlon! We are looking forward to seeing you all there.”

Kids athletics at the Navarino Challenge. Photo by Babis Gkiritziotis

Fysiotek Sports Lab will assist the award-winning sports tourism event Navarino Challenge with one more innovative activity. Fysiotek Sports Lab, as a pioneer in the field of rehabilitation and preventive medicine in sports, will cover the sports medical needs throughout the event and will support its activities, with a state-of-the-art recovery station in the established running races.

Navarino Challenge participants will have the opportunity during their stay at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino to enjoy special discounts from the sponsors and partners of the event. More information is available online:

Registration continues and can be completed through the special form available at the following link:

The pre-sale is available also via, by phone at 11876, as well as at the pre-sale points of the Viva network. Registration ends on August 31.

Navarino Challenge participants who book their accommodation package at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and choose to take part in at least one of the main activities (running, swimming, SUP) will also be able to enjoy the organization’s full program of activities free of charge, including: tae kwon do, climbing, cycling, pilates, basketball, golf, kick boxing, baby swimming, aqua aerobics, kids’ athletics, beach volley, tennis cross training, crossfit, beach yoga, boxing, beachathlon, and demonstration race with optimist boats.

More information about the accommodation packages may be found online:

Samsung is the official technology partner of the event for a 2nd consecutive year.

Running at the Navarino Challenge. Photo by Mike Tsolis

For another year Vikos SA as an official sponsor will spread the message of sporting energy with the natural mineral water Vikos, offering the necessary hydration and revitalization to all participants. The natural mineral water Vikos offers the necessary balance, well-being and energy that the athletes need during their exercise in order to be able to continue their efforts.

Ford Motor Hellas promotes sports and “fair play” and supports the efforts of the fight against childhood obesity while promoting healthy diet by participating for another year in the support team of “Navarino Challenge”. For the fifth consecutive year, athletes and organizers will move with the safety and efficient engines of the cars of Ford Motor Hellas, the official sponsor of Navarino Challenge.

Official supporters are Poseidonia, BIC®, BIC® Sport, Avance and the Municipality of Pylos-Nestor.

The 6th Navarino Challenge is co-organized by Costa Navarino, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and Active Media Group and with the support of the Municipalities of Pylos-Nestor and Trifilia. Navarino Challenge will take place with the approval of the Hellenic Swimming Federation, under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization.

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