For the sixth consecutive year, a unique coastal race is scheduled to take place in Greece’s Halkidiki region that will bring runners and thrill-seekers to one of the most beautiful and historically-rich places on earth.
The sixth WAVE running race, which begins on July 27, follows a route along the water stretching from the coastal town of Keramoti to the town of Avdera — the birthplace of ancient Greek philosophers Democritus and Protagoras.
The race will take place in the National Park of East Macedonia and Thrace. The sandy beach, waves and riverside (also called riparian) forest of Nestos River all make for a unique experience, unlike any other race of its kind in the world.
During the event, three different races — 5km, 10km and 28km — are conducted on the sand and along the coast, giving athletes the opportunity to race while enjoying the breeze of the Thracian Sea.
WAVE running spokesperson Ralou Vlachopoulou says the race serves an important purpose — both for the Eastern Macedonia and Thrace region and for Greece in general.
“WAVE running is an opportunity to highlight the natural beauty and the cultural wealth of our region,” Vlachopoulou said. “In this way, we aim to promote ecotourism and sports tourism.”
“We hope to attract people from all around the world to explore this small yet special corner of Greece,” Vlachopoulou said.
Photos / Courtesy of Drossos Drosos, Babis Giritziotis, Nikos Germantzidis
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Video by George Krallis
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