Zagori Mountain Running: The biggest mountain
running race on July 23-25, 2021
11 years later, a celebration of sports tourism
that no one should miss!
Tsepelovo, July 8, 2021 – The history of mountain running starts and is being written in the “place beyond the mountain”. 11 years ago, Zagori Mountain Running, took its first steps, gradually transferring the unique cultural and sports images of Zagori and the Epirus region around the world. On July 23-25, 2021, Zagori is reborn with the “anniversary edition” of Zagori Mountain Running that reaches its 10 years of racing while returning stronger than ever with many surprises.
Zagori Mountain Running is an integral part of the cultural harmony of Epirus, which connects the unique geographical, historical and architectural unity of Zagori and highlights the 46 villages, with their special natural beauty and of course the warm people who have embraced it until today.
4 races – 2 brand new routes
Zagori Mountain Running is a multi-speed event that meets the needs of both the most demanding mountain runners and those athletes who test their strength as amateurs, combining sports with entertainment. This year’s anniversary edition includes the well-known and traditional routes TeRA 80km and Marathon 44+, as well as the two brand new Half Marathon 21km and Entry Race 10km routes with starting and finishing points at Tsepelovo.
With respect to the mountain & the environment
The organizing committee of the race, every year with respect to the unique place where the race is held, which is part of the cultural heritage of Zagori and is visited by hundreds of people from around the world; takes care of the race’s trails maintenance and the preservation of a zero environmental footprint.
The race’s collectible BUFF is added to this year’s innovations of Zagori Mountain Running. As a sponsor of the event that represents the leading outdoor companies and is the most specialized sports activity store, Fifth Element offers exclusively for purchase the collectible BUFF of Zagori Mountain Running 2021. This way, it contributes to the work for the protection and conservation of the Vikos-Aoos Geopark’s unique biodiversity.
Sold Out Registration Record
People’s love for the race that promotes mountain running around the world is truly unprecedented. Zagori Mountain Running’s registrations, as expected, closed with a great response. A fact that proves that this is the greatest mountain running race in Greece. The event will be held following a strict health protocol that has received the approval of the Health Scientific Committee of the General Secretariat of Sports. Always in communication with the responsible bodies (based on the pandemic’s current conditions), the registrations for the 10th anniversary Zagori Mountain Running will be opening again for two days, from Friday 09/07/21 at 09:00 until Sunday 11/07/21 at 21:00, thus giving a second opportunity to those athletes who did not manage to register before!
What participants should know
Based on the current measures and the current period, all participants must bring an EU Digital Covid-19 Certificate in order to enter the event’s venue. Alternatively, they must have conducted a rapid test or a PCR test against Covid-19 within 48 hours before the start of their race and provide confirmation of their negative result. With the exception of those who will provide a vaccination certificate or a certificate that proves that they have recovered from Covid-19 within the last 2 to 9 months. Finally, if there are consecutive race days for a participant, it is recommended to do 1 test before the first race.
The 1km ZAGORAKI children’s race
Τhe children’s favorite race returns with the coolness and hydration offered by the Natural Mineral Water ZAGORI. ZAGORAKI, the children’s 1 km distance running race, will take place this year at the village of Tsepelovo, in the afternoon of Saturday, July 24, 2021. Its goal is the contact of children with running in nature, through an entertaining activity that highlights the values of sports. For the 1km children’s race, children 3 to 12 years old can participate. Each child will be awarded with a commemorative medal and a collectible technical t-shirt. Children’s participation is FREE.
The Natural Mineral Water ZAGORI, the event’s grand sponsor, will offer the necessary hydration and revitalization to all athletes, in the new sustainable GO GREEN bottles of 30% r-PET. With the message “we do not need rules to make the right move, our conscience is enough”, we gain environmental awareness and recycle our bottles in the designated bins and in the mobile recycling kiosk with photovoltaics that will be at the event, as all ZAGORI packaging materials are 100% recyclable.
Try The North Face’s revolutionary VECTIV technology
In a milestone year in the history of The North Face in the footwear category, the leading outdoor clothing and equipment company The North Face, always staying true to its principles, comes to highlight once again the value of sports and the benefits of exercise and exploration, as its “Never Stop Exploring” message states. All participants will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the VECTIV series pioneering technology which turns energy into momentum and propels all young athletes forward with the motto “Power Further”. In addition, the company will hold many parallel activities and surprises that will enrich the races’ schedule. Among other things, young explorers will be able to discover and connect with nature in the designated venue of the Camping by The North Face. At the same time, the young explorers will be expecting the unique climbing wall of The North Face, while the schedule will also include speeches by experienced outdoor explorers.
Collectible bracelet for a good cause
Zagori Mountain Running is a race that aims at contributing to society as a whole, through its values and principles all these years. This year, the event has prepared the Zagori Mountain Running collectible/anniversary bracelet, along with the “Respect the Mountains” ecological message that is present every year, which is identical with the race’s whole philosophy. The participants will be able to purchase it and contribute to the society as a whole, as all the proceeds from its sale will be given to support the work of the Association of Parents of Children with Neoplastic Disease “Floga” of Ioannina.
Natural Mineral Water ZAGORI, The North Face and Fifth Element are the event’s Grand Sponsors.
Hyundai Gartzonikas, Mouzaki V. & SIA EE and Nomad Premium Greek Honey are the event’s Official Supporters.
The event is co-organized by the Region of Epirus and the Municipality of Zagori.