The 1st Edipsos Multisport & Wellness Festival which took place from September 29th to October 1st, 2017, which was organized by the municipality of Edipsos-Istiaia and ATP training was a huge success, filled with enthusiasm by the hundreds of participants in all activities.
The large number of athletes, spectators and celebrities enjoyed a unique experience in the streets and beaches of Edipsos, full of positive energy, since the local community embraced the event from the very beginning.
More than 300 athletes and more than 100 children took part in the three distances of the open water swim (750m, 1500m and 3000m), the three distances of the running (5K, 10K and 21,1K), the SUP, the friendly bike ride, the zumba, as well as the yoga and other wellness activities. Everyone was impressed with the folk dancing and modern dance choreographies by local dance clubs and joined in at the end in a typical greek way. The very informative talks during the technical conference attracted the interest of many participants.
The event was studded with Word champions, European champions as well as Greek champions such as Christos Garefis, Yanis Drymonakos, Nikos Simantiras, Stelios Prassas, Vlassis Karavasilis, Viky Kouveli and Mania Bikof who not only gave inspiring talks but also participated in the sport events alongside the rest of the athletes.
The universal selling point for the event was the combination of athletic tourism and thermalism as it was presented by the distinguished speakers Dr. Ilias Zacharogiannis and Dr. Eleni Soultanaki, Professors at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Mrs. Tarsa Gika, Manager of the EOT municipal baths, underlined the the unique quality of the waters of Edipsos on the recovery of athletes.
Triathlon World champion Christos Garefis, Open Water Swimming World champion Viky Kouveli and well know TV show host and elite beach volleyball player Viky Hatzivasileiou stressed the importance of such an event for the local economy during a time of crisis and how one can overcome personal crises.
In their very interesting seminars, Dr. Anna Papageorgiou clinical nutritionist and Marianna Chrysikakou, Wellness editor, chief editor WellDay-Line Longevity, offered practical tools for enlightment, improved health and athletic performance.
There was a special category called «Labour of Hercules» for those competing both in the 3000m swim and the Half Marathon run. The oldest active marathon runner in Greece, Mr. Stelios Prassas participated and completed the demanding course of the Half Marathon.
The technical director of the races, Dr. Thomas Papavassiliou was very pleased with the safe and timely completion of all the races of the weekend.
The mayor of the city of Istiaia-Edipsos Mrs. Lina Efstathiou, who was the main organizer, took part in the 5K run and declared her enthusiasm with the turnup of all the athletes and spectators. Together with Mrs. Charoula Lentzou they announced the next years’ edition of the event for the end of September.
A great round of thanks goes to the main volunteers from Lifeguard Hellas and Argos Security who ensured the safety of all particpants at sea and on land as well as all the sponsors ans supporters who helped with the event.
The grand sponsor was the water company VIKOS, who thanks to their mineral water VIKOS and their soft drinks with mineral water VIKOS, ensured the best hydration not only for all the athletes but also all visitors during the races, the seminars and the wellness activities of the three day event.
Everyone was impressed by the services, the unique setting, the mineral pools and the water deck of the Thermae Sylla Spa Wellness Hotel, which was the hospitality sponsor for the event.
Looking forward to next years’ event in the unique city of Edipsos for a weekend full of sports and wellness!
The organizing committee
I swam 3klm and ran 21klm.
A lot of effort from the organisers led to a superb result. Nice routes, a lot of happenings, many benefits. Free food, spa, route closed to traffic, dancing, sup, gifts, hotel and logistics discounts and many more. A well planned event for athletes, spectators and their families. The support and the positive mood from the organisers and the locals were really welcome.
A better plan on the registrations and a bit better accurasy on the route distances will make it spotless. They were first-timers afterall.
Good job guys! I wish to come back for more
Posted on 10.10.17
Excellent race..!! I am waiting for the next time.!
Posted on 10.10.17