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World’s Top Swimmers Stoychev & Hirai at The Authentic Marathon Swim

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Japanese Olympic champion Yasunari Hirai will take part in The Authentic Marathon Swim. (Photo by Danijela Bogdanovic)

ATHENS – The Authentic Marathon Swim revives the historic race at Artemision, 2,500 years later. Swimmers from all over the world will participate in the authentic marathon swimming route and other swimming activities September 4-6 at Pefki, Evia, in the Municipality of Istiaia - Edipsos.

Participating swimmers include the elite of marathon swimming with major names being added on a daily basis. Besides the first two Hall of Famers confirmed for the event, Olympic silver medalist Spyros Gianniotis and Hungarian swimmer Attila Manyoki, Olympic champion Petar Stoychev is the third Hall of Famer to confirm that he will be taking part in The Authentic Marathon Swim. The Bulgarian champion has participated in four Olympics, has 11 consecutive titles in major international open water marathon swimming FINA series and holds the impressive achievement of being in the Ice Swimming Hall of Fame. The race will also be honored with the participation of the Japanese Olympic champion in Rio, Yasunari Hirai. Top names from Greece will also take part in The Authentic Marathon Swim. Specifically, the open water masters' world champion, Vicky Kouveli and the bronze medalist in 2011 world open water swimming championship, with four Olympics under her belt and 37 golds in the Greek championships, Marianna Lymperta will also compete in the event, along with the elite of the Greek national open water swimming team.

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Bulgarian Olympic champion and Hall of Famer Petar Stoychev will take part in The Authentic Marathon Swim. (Photo: Instagram)

On Saturday, September 5, the action will begin with the 3km and 1.5km open water swimming races. On Sunday, September 6, the event will culminate with the revival of the authentic 10km marathon swimming route, while at the same time the 800m children's race will be held. All swimming routes will be executed with absolute safety at Pefki, Evia in the Municipality of Istiaia - Edipsos. The Authentic Marathon Swim will be held with the approval of the Hellenic Swimming Federation, according to FINA regulations.

Registration for the event is underway and all interested parties can participate by completing the available form through the following link: https://www.myrace.gr/en/event/2407/registrations.html

The event, always prioritizing the participants themselves, offers a refund of their registration costs until July 31.

Accommodation packages and offers in the Municipality of Istiaia-Edipsos are also available.

Participants and visitors can take advantage of the special offers, providing reduced accommodation prices and late check out while discovering beautiful hotels in the areas of Pefki, Loutra Edipsos, Artemision, Istiaia, Kanatadika, Neos Pyrgos, Orei and Agiokampos.

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Drone footage from Pefki, Evia. (Photo by the Municipality of Istiaia-Edipsos)

More information about accommodation packages and special offers for participants is available online: https://www.authenticmarathonswim.com/accommodation/

The Authentic Marathon Swim is held under the Auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization and it is listed in the “Thermopylae-Salamis 2020” Anniversary framework. The event is organized by the Municipality of Istiaia-Edipsos while Active Media Group is responsible for its sports production.

The Authentic Marathon Swim has joined the Greek actions of the #BeactiveHellas 2020 program of the European Commission and is held under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Sports.

The event has joined the swimming community Global Swim Series (GSS).

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