109 years later, one more Gold Olympic Medal in Pylos


Gold Paralympic medalist Nasos Ghavelas will be honored in Navarino Challenge 2021


The schedule of this year’s event

The top sports tourism fest of Navarino Challenge is approaching and will unite people of all ages and abilities for the 9th year, at Costa Navarino and Pylos, Messinia, on October 15-17, 2021.



Special Honorees

Navarino Challenge honors each year role-model athletes for their contribution to sports and society. This year, the Gold Paralympic medalist in 100m. Nasos Ghavelas and his guide Sotiris Garaganis will be honored. They both offered emotional moments and pride for Greece at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, while they also set a world record (with a time of 10:82) in the final. This is the second gold medal coming from Pylos, Ghavelas’ place of origin, after that of Kostis Tsiklitiras.

As part of this year’s event, Navarino Challenge will also honor the top international basketball player of all time, Olympian & Eurobasket MVP Evina Maltsi. Basketball fans will have the opportunity to meet her at the 4on4 tournament, while children will learn the sport’s basic principles by the great athlete, together with the Euroleague Legend, Joe Arlaukas.


The schedule of Navarino Challenge 2021

With its message “sport unites people”, the event promotes again this year the benefits of exercise, the Olympic values ​​and fair play with more than 30 sports activities and 15 Olympic sports. You may find the event’s detailed schedule here.




Bike Ride to Voidokilia & Indoor Climbing

With the experience and dynamics of Navarino Outdoors, participants will have the opportunity to make their favorite bike ride to the beautiful Voidokilia and enjoy the unique Messinian landscape. For more information & participation outdoors(at)

Respectively, another activity full of adrenaline awaits the whole family. At the Navarino Rocks indoor climbing wall, people of all ages will be able to take climbing lessons.


Register now for running

Run in one of the top Greek Half Marathons of 21.1km, together with the Greek-American ultramarathon runner Dean (Konstantine) Karnazes, in the 10km route or the fun 5km route by Samsung. Runners can participate by completing the available form through the following link. Moreover, the 1km children’s route will be held in two groups, for children 10-14 years old and kids up to 9 years of age. The children’s race is held for free.


Book your room now

Enjoy a weekend full of outdoor wellness activities for all ages. Book now the event’s accommodation package which is full of sports activities and includes half board. Live the unique sports and cultural experience that is offered to you. For more information on accommodation packages at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino you may send your email to booking(at) or call Vita N Travel at +30 210 3249070. Check the accommodation packages here.


Photo by Nikos Karanikolas / Hellenic Paralympic Committee


The event continues to innovate by having Samsung Electronics Hellas as its Official Technology Partner for another year. Following the successful contribution of the leading technology company, in achieving zero paper use for the purposes of the 2019 event, Samsung returns to the Navarino Challenge. The top technology company this year brings the third generation of folding premium smartphones, the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G and Galaxy Z Flip3 5G as well as the completely redesigned Galaxy Watch4 and Galaxy Watch4 Classic to provide the best functions for managing fitness. The Samsung wearables series is complemented by the Galaxy Buds2, the wireless headphones with premium, top sound and comfortable application. Samsung’s experience at the Navarino Challenge is completed with the Neo QLED TVs that offer an absolutely exciting, cinematic, viewing experience and the revolutionary MicroLED The Wall™ that can cover surfaces of any size and shape, offering vibrant and natural colors for an unsurpassed visual experience.


Vikos company supports the event as an Official Sponsor with the Vikos Natural Mineral Water and the Vikos Natural Mineral soft drinks spreading the message of the sports ideal and sportsmanship, while offering the necessary hydration and revitalization to all participants. Vikos Natural Mineral Water pushes with its flow the athletes to continue their effort and complete their exercise by providing them with the necessary balance, wellness and energy.


The favorite breakfast cereal bars FITNESS®, as the Official Breakfast Partner of Navarino Challenge, will be by the side of the participants at the high intensity training and pilates lessons, giving them the energy they need to meet the challenges they will encounter during this unique event! With their B-complex vitamins that helps release energy from food, they form the ideal choice for a delicious and balanced breakfast.


You may find the Discount Partners’ offers, which are valid throughout the 2021 Navarino Challenge for all participants here.


Samsung is the Official Technology Partner.

Vikos Natural Mineral Water is the event’s Official Sponsor.

Luanvi is the Official Sports Supplier.

Costa Navarino and The Westin Resort Costa Navarino are the Official Hospitality Sponsors.

Poseidonia and Karalis Beach Hotel are Navarino Challenge’s Official Supporters.

Messinian Spa is the Official Beauty Partner.

Nestlé FITNESS® is the Official Breakfast Partner.

The North Face is the Outdoor Partner.

Target Security, Fysiotek Sports Lab are the event’s Partners.

Avance is the Official Car Rental Partner.

π3 (pi3) is the Sustainability Partner.

SKAI is the Premium TV Partner.

National Geographic is the Strategic Partner.

Deree – The American College of Greece is the Educational Partner.

Explore Messinia, FitnessArt, F45 Barrio Salamanca, Navarino Golf Academy, Navarino Outdoors, Navarino Racquet Academy, Pilates by Mandy, Red Swim Academy, Swim Academy, Triantafyllidis Beach Arena, Vizantinos target sport club, Marathon Team Greece are Navarino Challenge’s Athletic Partners.

A Little Shelter, All For Blue, ANIMA, Diaforozo, Karkinaki, The Other Human, Pet Partners of Hellas are the event’s nonprofit organizations CSR partners.

Navarino Challenge is assisted by Vita N Travel, Karalis City Hotel & Spa, Lifeguard Patrol, Pylos Association of Enterprises for Tourism Development, Maritime Athletic Pylos Association “Nestor”, Pilia Express, Kayak.

Anazoe Spa, Attica Selections, Kessaris, Nargile, Panellinios Agora Games are the Discount Partners.


Navarino Challenge will be held under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, the General Secretariat of Sport of the Ministry of Culture & Sport, the International Olympic Academy and the Greek National Tourism Organization.

The event has joined the Greek actions of the #BeactiveHellas 2021 programme 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. All running races are co-organized with Messiniakos Gymnastic Club and EAS SEGAS Peloponnese Region.


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