Rio Olympic Champions at Santorini Experience 2019, October 4-6

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Open water swimming by Vikos at the Santorini Experience. Photo by Babis Giritziotis

ATHENS – Santorini Experience is approaching, on October 4-6, with the unique running and swimming races taking place for the 5th consecutive year in Santorini, the world-famous tourist destination of unparalleled beauty.

Santorini Experience is attracting global interest once again, among both professional and amateur athletes participating in running and open water swimming races. The running races will take place on Saturday, October 5, and the open water swimming on Sunday October 6, against the backdrop of the iconic Cycladic island.

In particular, on Saturday, the 15 km by Samsung and 10 km races will start at 8:15 AM, while the 5 km Aristides Alafouzos race will start at 11 AM. All races have as the starting point the Desalination Plant located in Oia.

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Trail running at the Santorini Experience. Photo by Babis Giritziotis

On Sunday, swimming will take place by the volcano. Participants will swim the 1.5 miles (2.4 km) route from the volcano to the old port of Fira with the imposing view of the island in front of them at the Open Water Swimming by Vikos. The race will start at 10 AM from the volcano. Swimming is held under the technical direction of federal coach and director, Nikos Gemelos, with the approval of the Hellenic Swimming Federation, following the FINA regulations and the safety provided by Boatmen Union Santorini, Lifeguard Patrol, Voluntary Lifeguards of Santorini, Atlantis Dive Center, and Santorini Nautical Club.

This year’s event will feature the Olympic silver medalist in open water swimming Spyros Gianniotis, Japanese Olympic champion in Rio Yasunari Hirai, and the dynamic presence of the elite of the Greek National Open Water Swimming Team including World Champion Kelly Araouzou, European Champion George Arniakos, and Greek Champions Dimitris Negris, Stellina Aplanti, Dimitris Manios, the twin Greek expatriates racing with the colors of the national team of Netherlands George and Timos Skotadis, as well as Andreas Georgakopoulos, Irene Diakoumakou, Maria Filopoulou, Konstantinos Konstantineskou, Panagiotis Alogakos, Maria Kirykou, Triantafyllia Diakoumakou, and Melina Trochalaki.

Check out the video with swimming tips from Spyros Gianniotis and Kelly Araouzou on the exciting swimming race:

More information about this year’s detailed program:

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Trail running at the Santorini Experience. Photo by Babis Giritziotis

Special offers & participation kit pick up at Alafouzos Sport:

Swimming and running registration continues now as well at the official sponsor Alafouzos Sport store in Fira.

A 25% special discount on registration costs per activity will apply to all participants for purchases over 15 euros at the sponsor’s store.

From Thursday, Oct. 3 to Saturday Oct. 5, participants can receive their participation kits at Alafouzos Sport store (Hours: 9 AM-11 PM). Otherwise, runners and swimmers can receive their registration numbers one hour before the start of their race from the starting point of their races, on Saturday, Oct. 5 and on Sunday, Oct. 6, respectively.

Meanwhile, participants may register at the event according to the final wave of registrations which lasts until the start of the event.

Register now online:

Take advantage of the offers available on ferry tickets, car rentals, and accommodation for Santorini Experience at the following link:

Attend Real Madrid Foundation Clinics in Santorini!

In the framework of Santorini Experience, and in cooperation with MGC Soccer Central, head coaches from the academies of Real Madrid will visit Santorini for the first time and specifically the facilities of the athletic center Playland, from October 3-6, and teach football to children ages 6-16, using the coaching methodologies of Los Merengues! Register now.

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Open water swimming by Vikos at the Santorini Experience. Photo by Babis Giritziotis

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Santorini Experience has joined the Greek actions of the #BeactiveHellas 2019 program of the European Commission and is under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Sports.

Santorini Experience is a co-organization of Municipality of Santorini, Municipal Sports Cultural Environmental Organization of Santorini (DAPPOS) and Active Media Group.

The event is held under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization with the approval of the Hellenic Swimming Federation.

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Official Hashtag: #SantoriniExperience