Over 6,000 Visitors to the Races in Santorini
Santorini was at the center of global interest by professional and amateur athletes, escorts and visitors who traveled to the enchanting island of the Cyclades on 5-7 October 2018 for the needs of the 4th “Santorini Experience”.
According etravelnews top sporting tourism event in Greece was completed with absolute success and a record of participations in the running and swimming races gathering over 6,000 visitors in Santorini. In fact, 60% of the visitors stayed in Santorini for more than five nights. Participations from the five continents in Santorini For one more year. Foreign entries surpassed every precedent as Santorini was hosted athletes from a total of 45 states and from the five continents, America, Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania. Indicatively, attendees were recorded in swimmers and runners from Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, USA, Russia, Qatar, South Africa, United Kingdom, Japan and China. World Class Names as well as the elite of the national offshore swim team gave the present The leading Hungarian swimmer Atilla Manioki, who excelled in offshore swim matches with several successes and is a member of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) one year at the Global Swim Series (GSS). He also swam for the first time, the British, two silver Olympic swimmer Jazz Carlin, who won two silver medals at the Rio Olympics in 2016, as well as the two-nation diaspora Greeks who compete with the colors of the national Netherlands, Giorgos and Timos Scott. Dynamic were the swimming pools with top professional athletes and the elite of the national team consisting of Giorgos Arniako, Dimitri Negri, Stella Apolandi, Dejan Giovanovic, Dimitris Manio, Irene Diakoumakou, Maria Filopoulou, Maria Liossi, Anastasia Kyrili, Konstantinos Konstantinescu, Panagiotis Alogakos, Maria Kirykou, Triantafyllia Diakoumakou, Marianota Elmalis and Melina Trohalogaki.
The federal coach and technical director of the 1,5 km (2,4 km) offshore swim action by Vikos Nikos Gemelos put in place on Sunday, October 7th, FINA’s regulations and completed the race with the approval of Kolymbiki Federation of Greece, observing all safety rules. At the same time, the event took care of the amateur athletes with the addition of the safety luggage, of high standards and quality.
The swimmers started in two groups from the volcano ending the old port of Fira, having the imposing view of the island in front of them. Men’s winner was Dimitris Negris, with Giorgos Arnikos taking 2nd place and Dejan Jovanovic in 3rd place. In Women 1 was the Olympic Champion Jazz Carlin, with 2nd Eirini Diakoumakos and 3rd Maria Filopoulou. A day earlier on Saturday, October 6, the beginnings of the 15 km, 10 km and 5 km run runs were “Aristides Alafouzos“. All the routes were based on the desalination plant in Oia, with signs of a dirt trail and the “background” of the magnificent images from the volcano overlooking the Caldera, as well as the settlements of Imerovigli, Firostefani, Oia and ending again in Oia. The routes are designed by the former marathon runner, Panhellenic Classic Runner, Running Trainer and All About Running Manager, Nikos Polia. Santorini Experience has joined the global community of World’s Marathons.