The top sports tourism event “Santorini Experience” organized for the 3rd consecutive year in the enchanting Santorini on October 6-8, 2017 is ready to excite all professional and amateur swimmers and runners from around the world! “Santorini Experience” will take place under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization and the Hellenic Swimming Federation with the co-organization of the Municipality of Santorini, DAPPOS and Active Media Group.
This year’s schedule begins on Friday, October 6th 2017 with a focus on children. At 10:00 am the 1km kids running race will be held at the Indoor Hall DAPPOS, in Fira. On Friday, at 12:00 pm the Meet & Greet will be held with the presence of the silver Olympic medalist Alexandros Nikolaidis, the Olympic & World Champion in 400 m with hurdles Periklis Iakovakis, the World Champion in open water swimming Kelly Araouzou as well as top athletes from the Greek open water national team, at Alafouzos Sport store (official sponsor of the event) at Fira. Respectively, the twice Silver Olympic Medalist, Alexandros Nikolaidis will undertake for one more year to introduce the secrets of TaeKwonDo martial art to beginners (at 15:00 pm) and advanced athletes (at 16:00pm) at the Indoor Hall of DAPPOS, at Fira.
Running and swimming are the dominant activities in “Santorini Experience” again!
On Saturday, October 7, 2017, professional and amateur runners will have the chance to run and live the adrenaline of the Caldera with the starting of the 10 km and 15 km running routes taking place at 08:15 am in the morning, and the starting of the 5 km “Aristides Alafouzos” route at 11:00 am. All routes start from the desalination plant in Oia.
On Sunday October 8, 2017, professional and amateur swimmers will be able to feel their energy erupt and the atmosphere of the volcano with the imposing view of the island in front of them! The 1.5 mile (2.4 km) unique swimming race of “Santorini Experience”, will start at 11:00 am from the volcano and finish at the old port in Fira. The swimming route will be carried out with absolute safety in the magical waters of Santorini, under the auspices of the Hellenic Swimming Federation and under the technical direction of the Federal Technical Coach, Nikos Gemelos who has designed this unique route. The race will be held with the participation of the World Champion in open water swimming, Kelly Araouzou as well as athletes from the Greek open water swimming national team.
Registrations in swimming and running continue with an undiminished pace until September 28th through the official page of the event or at the Alafouzos Sport store at Fira (in Santorini). From Thursday, October 5 to Saturday, October 7, 2017, 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 7, 2017, from the desalination plant in Oia while the swimming participants may also receive their numbers one hour before their start on Sunday October 8, 2017, from the old port in Fira.
Samsung will stand by the event’s side for the first time as the official technology partner, with the eco-system of Samsung Galaxy devices. Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, combined with the camera Gear 360 and Gear VR, will enrich the experience of the participants and the spectators of the event with unique 360 degrees content.
VitaNTravel, as the official travel agent of the event, will take care and assist all athletes and escorts with information about the ferry routes, ferry tickets, car rentals and accommodation in the island. Click here for more information.
The hospitality sponsors supporting the event are: Aqua Vista Hotels, Athina Luxury Suites, Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa, Vedema A Luxury Collection Resort Santorini, Canaves Oia, West East Suites, Desiterra Luxury Suites & Villas, 270 Oia’s View, Central Fira Hotel, Memories Hotel, Loizos Stylish Residencies, Fanouris Condo, Monolithia HotΨλιel, Esperas Santorini, Sienna Residencies, Hotel Rivari Santorini, White Pearl Villas.
Official Hashtag: #SantoriniExperience
Official Airline Partner: Ryanair
Official Sponsors: Blue Star Ferries, Alafouzos Sport, Athina Luxury Suites
Official Technology Partner: Samsung
Official Supporters: Ford Motor Hellas, “Vikos” Natural Mineral Water, Avance Rent A Car, Aqua Vista Hotels, Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa, Wyndham Grand Athens, Santorini Boatmen Union
Hospitality Sponsors: Aqua Vista Hotels, Athina Luxury Suites, Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa, Vedema A Luxury Collection Resort Santorini, Canaves Oia, West East Suites, Desiterra Luxury Suites & Villas, 270 Oia’s View, Central Fira Hotel, Memories Hotel, Loizos Stylish Residencies, Fanouris Condo, Monolithia Hotel, Esperas Santorini, Sienna Residencies, Hotel Rivari Santorini, White Pearl Villas
Assisted by: Sunset Oia Sailing Cruises, Alios Ilios, Lifeguard Patrol, National Lifeguards of Santorini, Aegean Divers
Official Travel Agent: VitaNTravel