Authentic Marathon Swim: Swimming at the historic straits of Artemision

Impressive footage of the swimming races at Pefki, of the Municipality of Istiaia-Edipsos (photo by Angelos Zymaras @ Authentic Marathon Swim)


Early Bird offers available until April 30


The preparations for the Authentic Marathon Swim continue with an undiminished pace, as the historic event will take place for the 2nd consecutive year, on July 2-4, 2021, at Pefki, in Evia, Greece in the Municipality of Istiaia – Edipsos.



Amateur and professional swimmers from Greece and abroad will visit North Evia again this year to discover the cultural and natural wealth of the region and to become part of history, in the birthplace of marathon swimming. Participants will swim with safety in the impressive 10km route (over the shipwrecks of the Naval Battle of Artemision that took place in 480 B.C.), the 3km, the 1.5km as well as the new and unique 5km route. Respectively, the younger fans of the sea will have the opportunity to test their swimming skills in the 800m children’s race. The 5km, 3km, 1.5km and 800m. routes will have Pefki beach as their starting and finishing point.


Authentic Marathon Swim_photo by Dimitris Andritsos Photography


 Early Bird offers until 30/4

A few days are left for the Early Bird prices of the Authentic Marathon Swim’s registration, reaching up to a 33% discount. Interested parties should hurry up to claim the offers that are valid until 30/04/2021. Registration for the 800m children’s race is free. The event also offers a special discount on group registrations of more than 10 people.

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Access to sports for all

In the context of the corporate social responsibility actions of the Municipality of Istiaia-Edipsos and the fight against social exclusion of vulnerable groups of the population, the Municipality decided to support all its citizens, offering them free access to sports through the Authentic Marathon Swim. All citizens of Istiaia-Edipsos will have the opportunity to take part in the 5km, 3km and 1.5km routes as well as the 800m. children’s race, completely free of charge.


Authentic Marathon Swim_photo by Elias Lefas


Accommodation packages & offers at the Municipality of Istiaia-Edipsos

The Authentic Marathon Swim already collaborates with more than 20 hotels in the region, with the aim of revitalizing the sports tourism industry of Northern Evia and strengthening the Greek tourism product. Up to this point, this year’s event is enormously supported with special offers and prices starting from 40 euros, by the following hospitality sponsors: Maria Louiza Apartments, Altamar Hotel, Ellaeon Throesma, Hydna Studios, Aktaion Hotel, Galini Hotel Edipsos, Island, Ilios Studios, Mirtia Hotel, Irene Studios, Aenaon Studios, Alex Spa Hotel, Apolonio, Evia Dream, Kerasiotis Apartments, Konstantinos Hotel, Lito Hotel, Maria Studios, Rodon Hotel, Sunset Pefki.

Luanvi is the event’s Official Clothing Partner.

At the same time, we are getting ready for the Authentic Marathon Swim with the Official Car Rental Partner, Avance, organizing our trip to the Municipality of Istiaia-Edipsos with absolute safety.

The event will be held in accordance with FINA regulations and the health protocol to be established by the experienced team of ActiveMedia Group, based on the instructions of the special scientists-collaborators of the Hellenic Swimming Federation and the recommendations of the Greek General Secretariat of Sports’ Health Scientific Committee, in order to ensure the health of athletes and attendees.

The Authentic Marathon Swim will be held under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization. The event is organized by the Municipality of Istiaia-Edipsos, while ActiveMedia Group is responsible for its sports production. The race has joined the swimming community of Global Swim Series (GSS).

Enjoy some of the highlights from the Authentic Marathon Swim 2020 in the following video:

Share your exciting moments and memories from the Municipality of Istiaia-Edipsos and the event using the official hashtag #authenticmarathonswim


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