Everything is ready for the top sports tourism event “Santorini Experience 2016”, which is expected to surpass itself, in its second consecutive year of implementation, with the interest being directed outside the country’s borders as it will include entries from Greece and abroad! Amateur and professional athletes in running and swimming give this year’s appointment on 7-9 October 2016, in Santorini!
This year’s event will have an unprecedented international promotion, as FOX Sports of FOX Networks Group, as the Official Broadcaster of “Santorini Experience” will display the event’s sports documentary, to millions of homes in Europe, Asia and Africa, creating a unique television product.
The schedule of “Santorini Experience 2016” has been enriched this year with additional activities, presented for the first time in the event.
More specifically on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at 09:00 am, the activity of Kids’ Athletics will be presented for the first time in Thira Stadium at Fira by the Olympic and World Champion in 400m. hurdles Periklis Iakovakis. The activity aims at getting children acquainted with the track and field sports, as it has been developed and established by a special panel of scientists from IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) and is officially implemented in Greece by the Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS) in cooperation with the Ministry of Education.
On Friday, October 7, 2016, at 10:00 am, students will run the 1km running route starting from the Hall of DAPPOS, at Fira.
Respectively at 15:00 and 16:00 pm, the twice Silver Olympic Medalist, Alexandros Nikolaidis will undertake to introduce the secrets of the TaeKwonDo martial art to beginners and advanced athletes at the Indoor Hall of DAPPOS, at Fira.
On Friday, at 18:30 pm a Meet & Greet will be held with the great Olympic Medalists Spyros Gianniotis and Alexandros Nikolaidis and top athletes such as the World Champions Kelly Araouzou and Anthonis Fokaidis, the European Champion Giorgos Arniakos and the Greek Champion Dimitris Negris, at Alafouzos Sport store (official sponsor of the event) at Fira.
You may find this year’s event schedule clicking here.
Online Registrations in swimming and running will continue until September 30th through the official page of the event. From October 1st all last minute registrations will be implemented at Alafouzos Sport store at Fira (in Santorini). From Thursday, October 6 to Saturday, October 8, 2016, all participants will be able to receive their numbers from Alafouzos Sport store (hours: 09:00-21:00). Alternatively the running participants may also receive their numbers one hour before the start of their route on Saturday October 8, 2016, from the desalination plant in Oia while the swimming participants may also receive their numbers one hour before their start from the old port in Fira.
The event has taken care of the transfers of the participants who wish to be at the start points of their routes right before their race. More specifically, on Saturday, October 8, 2016, two bus transfers will be held (at 06:30am and 08:30am) from Fira (bus station) to Oia (desalination plant) with the event’s buses that will serve participants who wish to get at the start point of their running route. Similarly, the return of participants will be held at 12:30 at noon from Oia to Fira. Those who are interested to be transferred on Sunday, October 9, 2016, from Oia to the old port of Fira, for the start of their swimming route, they will be able to take the bus of the event from Passagio Santorini Oia, at 08:15 in the morning.
The official airline partner Ryanair has added extra flights to serve the event while other sponsors such as Alafouzos Sport, Blue Star Ferries, Avance Rent A Car and Passagio Santorini Oia continue with significant benefits and special offers to support the “Santorini Experience”. For more information about the offers of the event you may click here. For the second consecutive year, athletes and organizers will move with the safety and efficient engines of the cars of Ford Motor Hellas, the official supporter of “Santorini Experience”. The athletes who will take part in the event will also have the opportunity to quench their thirst with the Natural Mineral Water “Vikos” that contributes to the good functioning of the body during sports. The event will officially be supported by Demilmar Restaurant Beach Bar and Aeromotion Aerial Video Photography.
Take advantage of the special prices offered in one of the hospitality sponsors of the event. For more information you may address your request to Aqua Vista Hotels, Santorini Hoteliers Association, Meltemi Hotels & Resorts, Aegean Plaza Hotel, Athina Luxury Suites, Santorini Secret Suites & Spa, Vedema A Luxury Collection Resort Santorini, Sunday Suites Santorini, Caldera Collection, West East Suites, 270 Oia’s View, White Pearl Villas, Suites of the Gods Spa Hotel Santorini, Central Fira Hotel, Memories Hotel, Loizos Stylish Residencies, Esperas Santorini, Maistros Village Hotel and Sienna Residencies which are available here.
“Santorini Experience” innovates with the new service of chatbot which is provided for the first time in the event!
In cooperation with the MPASS the event is ready to serve, directly and reliably via Facebook Messenger, all the participants of the event who need to have all the necessary information for the top sports tourism event!
Chatbot allows you to find, through your personal Messenger, the news and information that interest you, via a brief automated conversation. By typing the specific keywords or by selecting the appropriate category from the menu, the application will directly send information and a brief preview of each theme.
Through “Santorini Experience” Chatbot, participants, when writing their bib number will be able to receive a message with their time, at the time of their finishing, be informed on offers that will be active during the event, and on individual activities which will take place. Similarly, they will be able to evaluate the event!
“Santorini Experience”is a collaboration between the Municipality of Santorini, the Municipal Sports Cultural Environmental Organization of Santorini (D.A.P.P.O.S.) and Active Media Group and it will be held with the kind support and under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization and the Hellenic Swimming Federation.
Official Broadcaster: FOX Sports
Official Sponsors: Alafouzos Sport, Blue Star Ferries, With the Kind Support of the Greek National Tourism Organization, Santorini Boatmen Union
Official Airline Partner: Ryanair
Official Supporters: Ford Motor Hellas, “Vikos” Natural Mineral Water, Avance Rent A Car, Aqua Vista Hotels, Aegean Plaza Hotel, Saucony, Arena, Village Cinemas, Santorini Yachting Club, Demilmar Restaurant Beach Bar, Passagio Santorini Oia
Hospitality Sponsors: Aqua Vista Hotels, Santorini Hoteliers Association, Meltemi Hotels & Resorts, Aegean Plaza Hotel, Athina Luxury Suites, Santorini Secret Suites & Spa, Vedema A Luxury Collection Resort Santorini, Sunday Suites Santorini, Caldera Collection, West East Suites, 270 Oia’s View, White Pearl Villas, Suites of the Gods Spa Hotel Santorini, Central Fira Hotel, Memories Hotel, Loizos Stylish Residencies, Esperas Santorini, Maistros Village Hotel, Sienna Residencies
Assisted by: Diana “exoplizein”, Kassimatis Cycling, Science In Sport, Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS), IAAF Kids Athletics, Grafistes, Aeromotion Aerial Video Photography