Navarino Challenge

The award-winning Navarino Challenge, now an established date on the sporting calendar, celebrates sports tourism for the 7th consecutive year!

Navarino Challenge hosted over 2,500 professional and amateur athletes last year and will take place this year from 11-13 October 2019 in Messinia and Costa Navarino, with more than 10 Olympic sports and numerous activities for everyone.

Running tracks

Participants will have the opportunity to choose between the Ford Go Further Half Marathon (21.1km), 10km powered by PlantBox and 5km (running & power walking). Starting from the Navarino Dunes of Costa Navarino, professional and amateur athletes will run along the picturesque coast to Pylos, crossing the beautiful Voidokilia beach, tracing history beneath their feet in King Nestor’s land. They will follow the trail mapped out in the Homeric era by Telemachus, Ulysses’ son, trying to find his missing father.

It is the only trail run that combines soil, sand and asphalt. On the same day, the children’s 1km course will take place. The routes have been planned by the former marathon runner, current classic marathon course national record holder, running coach and director of All About Running, Nikos Polias. The event includes race timing for all runners.

Open water swimming enthusiasts will have the chance to compete in a chip-timed event at the beautiful Navarino bay from the scenic Pylos harbour, covering the unique 1 mile (1.6 km) swimming route by Vikos. The route has been designed by the national federal technical coach, Nikos Gemelos (the coach who has given us countless Olympic and world-class honours in open water swimming).

For your participation in the event, you have to complete the following registration form, in which each participant accepts the event’s terms of participation:

Enjoy the full schedule of the event, by booking your accommodation package:

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Running 5km
Running 10km
Running Half Marathon
Swimming 1 Mile
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