The Authentic Swimming Marathon, Greece’s Top Swimming Event, Returns to North Evia July 1-3


ATHENS – The Authentic Marathon Swim is reborn and returns for the 3rd consecutive year from July 1 to 3 in Artemision. Amateur and professional swimmers from Greece and abroad will have the opportunity to safely enjoy the historic sporting event in Pefki, Evia in the municipality of Istiea – Edipsos.

Take part in the authentic swimming course

After last year’s event with world-class names, and after 2,500 years, the authentic 14.5 km course “Skylias & Hydna” is reborn once again allowing swimmers from all over the world to swim on the wrecks of the naval battle of Artemision which took place in 480 BC, for the first time. The athletes will follow the example of Skyllias and his daughter Hydna, the very first “marathon swimmers”, according to the father of history Herodotus (8.8) and other historians, who aided the Greek forces in the historic naval battle of Artemision against the Persian fleet. . Swimmers will cover 80 furlongs or 14.5 km. The demanding route will take place in the Strait of Artemision, between Central Greece with Thessaly and the regional units of Evia, Magnesia and Fthiotida.

The Authentic Marathon Swim teaser video is available online:

Special offers until May 10

Participants can now register and take part in the impressive open water swimming courses of 14.5 km, 10 km, 5 km, 3 km and 1.5 km, taking advantage of preferential rates. Offers are valid until May 10 with up to 25% off. All citizens of Istiea-Aedipsos and people with disabilities can participate in the 5 km, 3 km and 1.5 km routes free of charge. Registration for the children’s 500m is free. The 5km, 3km, 1.5km and 500m courses. have Pefki beach as their starting and ending point. Register online now:

Drone photo of the open water swim race in Pefki, Evia, municipality of Istiea-Edipsos during the Authentic Marathon Swim. (Photo by Dimitris Andritsos Photography / Authentic Marathon Swim)

As part of the 3rd year of the event, Mayor Ioannis Kontzias of Istiea-Edipsos said: “Our municipality, despite the difficulties encountered by the fires of last year, is rebuilding thanks to tourism sport and the organization of the Authentic Marathon Swim, providing a reason for amateur and professional swimmers from all over the world, to travel again and visit the beautiful attractions of northern Evia. Our event highlights the history and cultural heritage of this place. We look forward to welcoming you to unite legend with history and experience once again unique moments.

Four awards at the Sports Marketing Awards

Drone photo of Lichadonisia in northern Evia. (Photo by Dimitris Andritsos Photography / Authentic Marathon Swim)

The event was recently honored by the most important institution for the promotion of sports marketing best practices in Greece, the Sports Marketing Awards, receiving four awards. Specifically, the event won the Gold Award as a Major Event in the “Summer Sports” category, two Silver Awards in the “Most Innovative Use of Content Creators & Influencers” and “Individual Sports (Swimming)” categories, and a Bronze Award in the “Sports Tourism” category.

All Authentic Marathon Swim courses were designed by swimming coach with Olympic Games and World Open Water Swimming Championship accolades, Nikos Gemelos. The event, prioritizing the absolute safety of its athletes, will once again provide everyone with a safety lifeline as its use by both professional and amateur athletes is mandatory. For each participant in the 14.5 km and 10 km routes, there will be an accompanying boat and its cost is included in the registration price.

The event is organized by the Municipality of Istiea-Edipsos, while ActiveMedia Group is responsible for its sports production.

The official hashtag of the event #authenticmarathonswim will again transfer the unique images of this year and the exciting moments that all participants will experience in the municipality of Istiea-Edipsos on social networks.

Pefki, Evia, Municipality of Istiea-Edipsos the magnificent setting of the Authentic Marathon Swim. (Photo by Dimitris Andritsos Photography / Authentic Marathon Swim)

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