21 JUNE 2019 / Experience the first Vamvakou Mountain Run on the slopes of Parnonas

The inaugural Vamvakou Mountain Run will be held on July 13, 2019, offering two routes—7 and 28 kilometers—in the region of Parnonas in Laconia. The sporting event is part of the “Vamvakou Revival” project, exclusively supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

Runners over the age of 18 are eligible to participate. Participating is free, but space is limited and spots can be secured via electronic pre-registration.

The runners of both routes, 7 km and 28 km, will meet at the village of Vamvakou, travel the scenic mountain paths of Parnonas, then return once again to Vamvakou for the end of the race. The purpose of the event is to give participants the chance to experience the natural wealth and beauty of the region, but also to give residents of the surrounding areas an occasion to appreciate the historical and cultural heritage of Laconia through contact with various local points of interest.

The Vamvakou Mountain Run is a non-competitive event. Its goal is to reward participation, to introduce participants to mountain running, and to promote athletic culture. However, there will be official electronic timing so that all runners can be aware of their performance.

As part of the 28 km Vamvakou Mountain Run route, a scientific team from the Department of Sports Excellence at the 1st Orthopedic Clinic of the University of Athens Medical School will be conducting, for the first time ever, research on mountain running. Runners wishing to participate in this research project will be offered, free of charge, cardiorespiratory assessments during rest and maximum-effort stages, as well as evaluation of their dietary habits. The results of all the assessments, along with personalized training and dietary advice, will be shared with participating athletes after the completion of the research.

To learn more, to register for the Vamvakou Mountain Run, and to opt in to the Mountain Running Research – Athlete Assessments, please click here.

The Vamvakou Mountain Run is part of the Vamvakou Revival initiative. Organizational supervision of the race is undertaken by the nonprofit Regeneration & Progress and the Department of Sports Excellence of the 1st Orthopedic Clinic of the University of Athens Medical School. The race takes place with the exclusive support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

During and after the races, a variety of family activities will be hosted in the village of Vamvakou. For a complete schedule of the day’s events, please click here.