The 1km running for children at the Navarino Challenge. (Photo by Elias Lefas / Navarino Challenge)
ATHENS – The most prestigious and prominent multi-sport event in Europe, Navarino Challenge, which will take place on October 13-15 at Costa Navarino and Pylos, continues to enrich its activities. More than 40 sports activities and many surprises await this year’s participants at the W Costa Navarino and The Westin Resort Costa Navarino.
The event honors the top race-walking athlete, Antigoni Ntrismpioti
The best Greek racewalker of all time, two-time European gold medalist, bronze medalist in world athletics championships, and Olympian Antigoni Ntrismpioti will be present at this year’s Navarino Challenge event. The great athlete and ambassador of SIXT, a member of the MOTODYNAMICS Group, who is a role model for everyone and proves every year that age is just a number, will be next to young athletes and amateurs and will be honored by the event for her overall contribution to sports.
Miele Masterclasses with Panos Ioannidis
Miele, the event’s Official Sponsor, innovates and presents for the first time at the event, which stands for exercise and proper nutrition, the magical world of gastronomy, with two masterclasses that will bear the signature of the great Greek chef Panos Ioannidis. With the message “eat well, run well, live well,” participants will have the opportunity to meet him at the Miele Open House and learn the “little secrets” behind his magical recipes.
More than 17 children’s activities
With the message “sport unites people,” Navarino Challenge presents more than 17 sports activities bringing young people and amateurs closer to healthy sports again, alongside Olympians and world-class names. The event follows the purpose of the Olympic Movement, which is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world, without discrimination through sport and promotes the benefits of information and exercise. At the same time, it encourages young people, through the Active Kids program, to play and do sports, enriching its program with more children’s activities.
Taekwondo lessons with the Olympic gold medalist Michalis Mouroutsos
Also taking part in this year’s Navarino Challenge is top taekwondo athlete and Olympic gold medalist Michalis Mouroutsos. The European champion will implement a taekwondo workshop in memory of the two-time Olympic silver medalist Alexandros Nikolaidis, with the participation of children from the region of Messinia, who will learn alongside him the discipline and concentration that this great Olympic sport requires.
This year’s schedule includes activities for children such as: football clinics powered by Hellmann’s with European champion Giorgos Karagounis, for registration click here: https://shorturl.at/krFNZ, basketball clinic powered by Hellmann’s with the Olympian Evina Maltsi and EuroLeague legend Joe Arlauckas, beachathlon powered by That Gorilla Brand with Olympian and European champion Periklis Iakovakis, climbing powered by That Gorilla Brand, golf clinic powered by Miele, e-bike tour to Gialova lagoon to watch the flamingos, bike ride to Voidokilia, tennis instruction powered by Miele (ages 6-9 and 10-13), baby swimming up to 3 years old, Pilates lessons, spinning challenge for all ages powered by Vikos, pickleball, paddle tournament powered by Miele, yoga powered by Messinian Spa, and, of course, a 1km running route for young people 10-14 years old powered by Europa, and a 1km running route for children up to 9 years old powered by Vikos.
In the activity of the 1km powered by Europa, the event will bring with the assistance of Europa, children from all over Messinia, who will have the opportunity to meet the Greek and world champions, to run with them but above all, their role-models will introduce them to the secrets of their favorite activities.
The children will also be introduced to the principles of sustainability. The individual bottles of the athletes will be offered by Europa in a recyclable bag, applying a zero-waste policy. The company’s goal is to guide people to make lifestyle changes that imitate sustainable natural cycles.
As part of this year’s event, the global pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, as a Strategic Healthcare Sponsor, will organize a seminar to inform and raise public awareness about the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. The keynote speaker will be the Doctor of Oxford University Dr. Konstantinos Manolopoulos.
Moreover, Novo Nordisk will give the opportunity to Navarino Challenge participants to take part in a 2km walk, which will take place in the Municipality of Pylos-Nestor and the beautiful Messinia, overlooking the Navarino Bay, starting from the residence of the Olympian Kostis Tsiklitiras in Pylos and finishing at the imposing castle – fortress Niokastro.
Run for the first time in the Navarino Challenge Marathon by That Gorilla Brand with the ultramarathon runner Dean Karnazes, the Navarino Challenge Half Marathon by That Gorilla Brand, the 10km route, or the 5km route powered by Miele. Register through the special form available at the following link: https://shorturl.at/krFNZ.
The children’s race is held with free participation. All running races are co-organized with Messiniakos Gymnastic Club and EAS SEGAS Peloponnese Region.
All the proceeds from the Marathon race, as well as 50% of the proceeds from all the other running routes, will be donated through the initiative ‘That Gorilla Brand’s Adventures For A Cause’, by the Grand Sponsor That Gorilla Brand, the world’s biggest lifestyle brand dedicated to the protection of mountain gorillas, to improve sanitation facilities in Uganda.
For more information on accommodation packages at the full of energy W Costa Navarino and luxury The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, you may send your email to the booking(at)navarinochallenge.com or call Vita N Travel at +30 210 3249070. Navarino Challenge is held Under the Auspices of the Greek Ministry of Tourism and the Greek National Tourism Organization.
The event has joined the Greek actions of the #BeactiveHellas 2023 program of the European Commission and is held under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Sports.
The event is organized by ActiveMedia Group, which is also responsible for the event’s Sports Production.
More information on this year’s additional activities will be announced in the coming weeks.
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