The Messinian land, with its special place for the Greek Revolution of 1821, through historical battles, great heroes and fighters, is reborn 200 years later, through Run Messinia. The historic event will take place from October 2 to 11, 2021 in 8 municipalities in Messinia, Laconia and Arcadia and will include a total of 10 marathons, over 10 consecutive days
The event will present all areas associated with the Greek revolution in Messinia, both culturally and touristically. Run for Freedom will start on Saturday October 2 from Areopoli in East Mani Municipality, cross Stoupa in West Mani Municipality and end in Kardamyli. On Sunday October 3, departing from Kardamyli, will pass through Verga of the Municipality of Kalamata and end in the Town of Kalamata. On Monday, October 4, the athletes departing from Kalamata will cross Nedousa and finish in Alagonia. On Tuesday, October 5, the riders starting from Alagonia will pass through Dyrachio and Neochori from the municipality of Megalopoli and finish their effort at Poliani from the municipality of Kalamata. From Poliani, on Wednesday October 6, participants will cross Skala and meet in Paloukorahi of the municipality of Oichalia.
On Thursday, October 7, the course will highlight the historic places of the municipality of Oichalia, while the athletes departing from Paloukorahi will cross Katsarou, Solaki, Meropi, Loutro, Diavolitsi, Ano Psari, Dorio and will end at the statue of Kolokotronis in Ramovouni. On Friday October 8, starting from Ramovouni, the runners will pass through Zerbisia from the municipality of Messini, Kalogeresi, Saint Nikitas Sellas and Tripyla from the municipality of Trifylia, to join Maniaki from the municipality of Pylos-Nestor. On Saturday October 9, the participants will depart from Maniaki, pass through Agios Andreas of the Municipality of Messini and Kato Minagia and finish in Koroni. On Sunday October 10, the route will travel exclusively in the municipality of Pylos-Nestor de Koroni, in Methoni then in Pylos. The 10th and final run of Run for Freedom to be held on Monday, October 11, starting from Pylos, will offer runners the opportunity to go through Niokastro, observe Sphacteria and Paleokastro, while crossing Kremmidia and Schinolakka.
All routes start at 8:15 am.
With a true Greek soul, the ultra-marathoners who will participate in this historic race are listed in alphabetical order:
Marios Giannakou, finisher of the Al Marmoom Desert Ultramarathon (270 km)
Ioannis Dimopoulos, Finisher Spartathlon Ultra Race (246km), Coach Running, Spartan Runners Club
Dean (Konstantine) Karnazes, The Ultra Marathon Runner, 50 Marathons – 50 States in USA – 50 Days, one of the 100 most influential people in the world, according to TIME magazine
Vasiliki Karpouza, ultra marathon runner
Vasilis Koumanakos, Finisher Marathon des Sables (Sahara 250km), Health Runners Club of MessÃ©nie (SDYM)
George Lazaridis, wheelchair tennis champion and member of the Greek national team
Christos Mavrikios, Finisher Spartathlon Ultra Race (246km)
Georgia Mitsiou, Badwater Ultramarathon finisher (217 km), Spartathlon Ultra Race finisher (246 km)
Athanasios Michas, ultra marathon runner
Angela Terzi, Finisher Spartathlon Ultra Race (246km)
Apostolos Tzoumakas, ultra marathon runner
Dimitris Troupis, Pyrenees Stage Run finisher (240km)
Runners from the Health Runners Club of Messinia (SDYM)
Spartan Runners Club runners
None of this could have happened without the invaluable support of Vikos Natural Mineral Water, the Official Water of the event. Thanks to the power of its flow, Vikos Natural Mineral Water, will encourage athletes to continue their efforts and complete their race by providing them with the necessary balance, well-being and energy.
The invaluable support of municipalities for Greek history
The partner municipalities supporting Run Messinia and contributing to the successful implementation of the event are as follows, in Greek alphabetical order: Municipality of East Mani, Municipality of West Mani, Municipality of Megalopoli, Municipality of Messini, Municipality of Oichalia, Municipality of Pylos-Nestor, Municipality of Trifylia.
The Karalis Beach Hotel, Karalis City Hotel, Poseidonia Restaurant in Pylos and Elite City Resort are the silver sponsors of Run Messinia.
The North Face is the official sporting supplier for the event.
Avance is the official car rental partner.
Target Security and Laconia Juices are the partners of the event.
Run Messinia will leave a legacy for the future of the place, as it highlights and promotes through its social networks, historical places, battles and all monuments, through which runners will pass.
The event will be held under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization. The difficult task of planning and implementing the event has been undertaken by the best sports marketing agency in Greece, for the past three years, ActiveMedia Group through its sports production department, while the award-winning Angelos Zymaras will be the official photographer for the event.