More than 40 activities in the schedule of Navarino Challenge 2023 at Costa Navarino & Pylos
Photo: Photo from the activity of children’s running / photo by Elias Lefas @ Navarino Challenge
Olympian Emmanouil Karalis will be honored in this year’s event
Athens, October 6, 2023 – Navarino Challenge presents this year’s schedule of activities as the event will be held for the 11th year, on October 13-15, 2023, at Costa Navarino and Pylos. More than 40 sporting activities and 20 Olympic sports are expected to take place at the W Costa Navarino and The Westin Resort Costa Navarino hotels, and Pylos.
Official Luanvi technical t-shirt inspired by the history of Messinia
The top clothing company Luanvi, which plays a leading role in the field of running events and participates in major Marathons such as the one in Valencia, as the Official Sports Supplier of Navarino Challenge, will offer for one more year the event’s official technical t-shirt which will bear the Spiral pattern. The Spiral, which combines the shape of a circle and its dynamic movement, symbolizes time. As part of the smooth endless line, it also symbolizes growth, continuity, the rhythm of breath, and life itself and adorns several of the elements one can encounter when visiting the Palace of Nestor, located in the province of Pylia. All participants will receive a bag, a Luanvi technical t-shirt, a Messinian Spa product, and rich gifts from the sponsors.
The event honors the top pole vaulter Emmanouil Karalis
The best Greek pole vaulter, 4th Olympian in Tokyo in 2021, with three silver medals in European athletics championships and one bronze medal in world championships, the only Greek athlete in athletics with world records in 2 age categories, U18 and U20, Emmanouil Karalis, will be present at this year’s Navarino Challenge. The great athlete and ambassador of SIXT, a member of the MOTODYNAMICS group, will be present at Navarino Challenge for the first time and will be honored by the event for his overall contribution to sports.
Sports Unites People! Watch here the event’s relevant video.
With the central message “Sports Unites People”, this year’s schedule includes activities for everyone such as: football clinics powered by Hellmann’s with the European champion Giorgos Karagounis (for registration click here), basketball clinics powered by Knorr with the Olympic champion Evina Maltsi and the EuroLeague legend Joe Arlauckas, taekwondo powered by The Vegetarian Butcher with the Olympian Michalis Mouroutsos, beachathlon powered by That Gorilla Brand with the Olympian and European champion Periklis Iakovakis, pickleball induction & game play and King of the Court beach volley tournaments powered by Bacardi with Michalis Triantafyllidis, 4on4 basketball tournament powered by Trace ‘n Chase, wheelchair basketball demonstration powered by Trace ‘n Chase with the champion Georgia Kaltsi and the Paralympian Makis Kalaras, Knock out Challenge powered by Trace ‘n Chase, tennis demonstration powered by Miele with the Greek champion in wheelchair tennis and member of the Greek National team Giorgos Lazaridis, Masterclasses by Miele’s Chef Ambassador Panos Ioannidis, Sweet treats and Pasta day by Miele’s Chef Alexandros Synkiridis, Men’s & Women’s Round Robbin Tournaments with UTS format powered by Miele, climbing powered by That Gorilla Brand, golf clinics powered by Miele, flamingo e-bike ride powered by Europa, Voidokilia bike ride powered by Europa, tennis induction powered by Miele (ages 6 to 9 and 10 to 13 years old), high intensity training for all ages, crossfit, baby swimming up to 3 years powered by Vlaha, sunset beach pilates lessons powered by Europa, spinning challenge for all ages powered by Vikos, padel tournament powered by Miele, sunset beach yoga powered by Messinian Spa, water sports (kitesurfing, windsurfing, windsurfing foiling, wing foiling, SUP, tandem SUP, kayaking in Sphacteria, wakeboarding, waterskiing, wakesurfing), aqua aerobic, cleaning of Gialova beach powered by MOTODYNAMICS Cleaning Team in collaboration with Moraitis Watersports.
Check here the event’s full schedule.
Sustainability Principles with Phee
The event applies sustainable practices again this year, contributing to the protection of the environment. In particular, Navarino Challenge collaborates for another year with PHEE, a start-up company that has developed an innovative technology for the reuse of a range of vegetable waste, for the manufacture of bio composite panels, with commercial applications in architecture, furniture, and also in utilitarian objects. This year Navarino Challenge innovates again, as it will be the first event in the world to give participants a medal made from recycled Poseidonia leaves, while the prizes given at the honorary awards will be made from PHEE’s new material, based on espresso coffee waste. PHEE contributes to reducing the environmental footprint of Navarino Challenge 2023 through the substitution of conventional virgin plastics while raising awareness among participants of the principles of the circular economy.
Activities in Pylos
The activities schedule in Pylos includes primary care diagnostic tests under the auspices of the Medical Association of Messinia powered by Novo Nordisk, near Poseidonia Restaurant, on Friday, October 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., 2 km walking powered by Novo Nordisk in Pylos from the residence of the Olympian Kostis Tsiklitiras to Niokastro on Friday, October 13 from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and an information and awareness seminar for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases powered by Novo Nordisk at Karalis City Hotel & Spa, in Pylos on Saturday, October 14 at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
At the same time, the organization Free Movement Skateboarding, which is a recognized civil non-profit company, continues through the sport of skateboarding to support and promote the well-being, empowerment, and social cohesion of young people. In collaboration with the local businesses of Pylos, they will organize a skateboarding activity powered by Poseidonia Restaurant & Karalis Hotels, at the pier of the port of Pylos, in the Municipality of Pylos-Nestor. The public will be able to join in, on both Saturday, October 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., as well as on Sunday, October 15 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., while children will learn the great lesson of “getting up when you fall down”.
Register now at the running activities
Run for the first time in the Navarino Challenge Marathon by That Gorilla Brand with the ultramarathon runner Constantine “Dean” Karnazes, the Navarino Challenge Half Marathon by That Gorilla Brand, the 10km route powered by SIXT, member of the MOTODYNAMICS Group or the 5km route powered by Miele. Moreover, a 1km running route, for young people 10-14 years old powered by Europa and a 1km running route for children up to 9 years old powered by Vikos will also be held. Register through the special form available at the following link. The children’s race is held with free participation. All running races are co-organized with Messiniakos Gymnastic Club and EAS SEGAS Peloponnese Region.
We run for a good cause
All the proceeds from the Marathon race, as well as 50% of the proceeds from all the other running routes, will be donated through the initiative “That Gorilla Brand’s Adventures For A Cause”, by the Grand Sponsor That Gorilla Brand, the world’s biggest lifestyle brand dedicated to the protection of mountain gorillas, to improve sanitation facilities in Uganda.
Book your accommodation package now
Enjoy a weekend full of outdoor wellness activities for people of all ages. Book now the event’s accommodation package with breakfast and live this year’s unique sports experience. For more information on accommodation packages at the full of energy W Costa Navarino and luxury The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, you may send your email to the booking(at)navarinochallenge.com or call Vita N Travel at +30 210 3249070. Check the accommodation packages here.
Check here for the available offers from the event’s Discount Partners which are valid for participants during Navarino Challenge.
That Gorilla Brand is the event’s Grand Sponsor.
Miele and Europa are the Official Sponsors.
Novo Nordisk is the Strategic Healthcare Sponsor.
Knorr, Hellmann’s, The Vegetarian Butcher are the Official Supporters.
Vikos Natural Mineral Water is the Official Water.
Luanvi is the Official Sports Supplier.
SIXT, member of the MOTODYNAMICS Group, is the Premium Mobility Partner.
Costa Navarino and the hotels W Costa Navarino, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, and The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, are the Official Hospitality Sponsors.
DHL is the Logistics Partner.
Athens Medical Group is the Medical Partner.
Trace ‘n Chase is the Sports Memorabilia Partner.
Kois Optics are the event’s Official Optics Partner.
Messinian Spa is the Official Beauty Partner.
SKAI is the Premium TV Partner.
Liquid Media is the Premium Media Partner.
The Sports Footprint is the Sustainability Partner.
The University of Piraeus is the Educational Partner.
Vlaha, Poseidonia Restaurant, Karalis Beach Hotel, Municipality of Pylos-Nestor, Phee, Karalis City Hotel & Spa, Zoe Seaside Resort, Spalding, Fysiotek, Bombay Sapphire, Trata, and Pilia Express are the event’s Partners.
Angelic Yoga Arts, FitnessArt, Moraitis Watersports, Mouratoglou Tennis Center Costa Navarino, Navarino Golf Academy, Navarino Outdoors, Pilates by Mandy, Red Swim Academy, Swim O’ Clock, Triantafyllidis Beach Arena are the event’s Athletic Partners.
Navarino Challenge is Assisted by Vita N Travel, Pylos Association of Enterprises for Tourism Development, and Rania’s Flower.
The organization supports this year the following CSR Partners: The Other Human, Alma Zois in Patras, the Shelter for Unaccompanied Minors in Oreokastro “ARSIS”, Doctors Without Borders, Dogs’ Voice, Humanity Greece, Karkinaki, the Association of Cancer Patients, Volunteers, Friends, Doctors “K.E.F.I.” of Athens, the Association of Parents of Children with Neoplastic Diseases of Northern Greece “LAMPSI”, the Association of Single Parent Families “STIRIZO”, the Parents Association of Children with Cancer “Floga”. This year’s Silent Auctions will start in the next few days here.
Anazoe Spa, Apoella, Asoma, Attica Selections, Away Spa, Biblioteca, Bio & Pharma, Moraitis Watersports, Mouratoglou Tennis Center Costa Navarino, Nargile, Navarino Outdoors, Panellinios Agora Games, Tsamis Eyewear Boutique are the Discount Partners.
Navarino Challenge is held Under the Auspices of the Greek Ministry of Tourism and the Greek National Tourism Organization.
The event has joined the Greek actions of the #BeactiveHellas 2023 program of the European Commission and is held under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Sports.
The event is organized by ActiveMedia Group, which is also responsible for the event’s Sports Production.