Navarino Challenge returns September 19th-21st 2014
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Navarino Challenge returns September 19th-21st 2014

“Navarino Challenge” one of the main sporting events in Greece last year, is set to return for a second run from 19th to 21st of September 2014. The Greek-American ultramarathon man Dean (Konstantinos) Karnazes will set the pace across the three day running event in the Messinian region, southwest Peloponnese, and through his participation, will contribute once again to raising awareness of the global issue of childhood obesity and the benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

Karnazes will again lead the way in the event’s races, joined by a number of other leading and distinguished athletes. This year, “Navarino Challenge” – which gained recognition as a highly important initiative on sports tourism with a Gold Award at the Tourism Awards 2014 – will showcase an enhanced schedule and varied routes.

On Saturday September 20th, “Navarino Challenge” will include a special route in the Messinian capital Kalamata, while on Sunday, September 21st 2014, races for both adults and children will take place, all with a starting point at Navarino Dunes, Costa Navarino.

For guests of The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, the schedule of “Navarino Challenge” will include an informative workshop on childhood obesity as well as encouraging a healthy lifestyle though taekwondo lessons for children and adults from the twice Olympic medalist Alexandros Nikolaidis.

Furthermore, pilates trainer Mandy Persaki, will undertake the warm up of participants, before each race, while pilates lessons will be offered throughout the weekend. In addition, workshops for Greek traditional dances will take place, and the three-day event will conclude with a great feast, showcasing the Greek culinary heritage with traditional products.

The message: “Eat well, run well, live well” that was promoted during the event’s inaugural year is captured in the highlights of the event’s promo video:



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About Dean Karnazes

TIME magazine named Dean Karnazes as one of the «Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.» Men’s Fitness hailed him as one of the fittest men on the planet. An internationally recognized endurance athlete and NYC bestselling author, Dean has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. Among his many accomplishments, he has run 350 continuous miles, foregoing sleep for three nights. He’’s run across Death Valley in 120 degree temperatures, and he’s run a marathon to the South Pole in negative 40 degrees. On ten different occasions, he’s run a 200-mile relay race solo, racing alongside teams of twelve.

His most recent endeavor was running 50 marathons, in all 50 US states, in 50 consecutive days, finishing with the NYC Marathon, which he ran in three hours flat.

Dean and his incredible adventures have been featured on 60 Minutes, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS News, CNN, ESPN, The Howard Stern Show, NPR’s Morning Edition, the BBC, and many others. He has appeared on the cover of Runner’s World and Outside, and been featured in, to mention a few. He is a monthly columnist for Men’s Health, the largest Men’s publication in the world.

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Costa Navarino

Costa Navarino is the prime, sustainable destination in the Mediterranean, located in the Greek region of Messinia in the southwest Peloponnese. One of the most unspoiled and breathtaking seaside Mediterranean landscapes, this area has been shaped by 4,500 years of history. Its philosophy is driven by a genuine desire to promote Messinia, while protecting and preserving its natural beauty and heritage. It will comprise a number of distinct sites featuring 5-star deluxe hotels, luxury residences, conference facilities, spa and thalassotherapy centres, signature golf courses, as well as a wide range of unique year-round activities for adults and children. Navarino Dunes, the first area, is home to two luxury 5-star hotels, The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort and The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino; The Dunes Course – the first signature golf course in Greece- Anazoe Spa, a 4,000sq.m. spa & thalassotherapy centre; the state-of-the-art conference centre House of Events; specially designed facilities for children; as well as a variety of gastronomy venues, sports, outdoor and cultural activities. Navarino Bay, the second area is home to the signature golf course, The Bay Course.