Update for Andros Trail Race, 2nd of October 2016
Run on old paved pathways and certified hiking trails! Run to register in Andros Trail Race
Andros Trail Race, happening on the 2nd of October 2016 on Andros Island, is the biggest sports event of the year for the island and the Cyclades in general, attracting participation of renowned athletes and mountain running fans from around the world. Participants will have the opportunity to choose between two racing routes, the 22 km Great route making the race the most challenging and demanding in the Greek islands and the 10 km Small route as an introduction to mountain running.
Our aim is to highlight the natural landscape of Andros, with emphasis in the mountainous mainland and the hiking paths, establishing the island as a center of alternative tourism and sports, and the meeting point of Greek and foreign athletes in a great sports celebration!
In the same context, the selection of routes was based on the natural beauty of the island and the hiking trails, the importance of the interest points and the technical challenges, which are similar to major mountain running race events. The athletes will be rewarded for their efforts, running through nature’s and man’s amazing “creations” such as old tracks, cobbled old streets, Venetian pathways and certified hiking trails, high mountains, ravines and streams, small oak forests, fountains, water mills, stone bridges, traditional villages, Monasteries and medieval Castles.
Korthi Bay (Ormos Korthiou) central square will be the base and starting point of both routes for Andros Trail Race 2016. We plan to enrich the race with new routes around the island every year.
The 22 km Great Route starting from Korthi Bay Central Square is directed to the area of Paleokastro and the traditional settlements of Lardia, Giannisaio (Stavros) and Messa Vouni, crossing through the Monastery of Panachrantos and towards Vrakhnou settlement. Before reaching Vrakhnou, the route turns and climbs the slope of Gerakona Mount. until outside Exo Vouni settlement where it meets the asphalt at the entrance of the Dipotamata gorge, then the stone arch bridge, the old watermills and the medieval path. From this point the athletes go up to the Epano Kastro (Upper Castle) through the old Castle gate crossing it and continuing to the village Kochylou “hanging” on the hillside, finally returning to Korthi Bay.
Please visit our website for the technical descriptions 22 km.
The 10 km Small Route of the race, starting from Korthi Bay Central Square, is initially directed towards the valley of Korthi, then turning to Kato Khones settlement and it’s beautiful fountain, continuing alongside the valley and viewing traditional dovecotes, threshing floors and cottages, crossing Alamania settlement, and uphill to Episkopeio settlement, by the chapel of the Prophet Elias, the ruins of windmills and a unique mill called “Tavlomillos” found only on Andros. The path is directed towards the picturesque stone bridge and a watermill in Episkopeio (famous from the film “Little England”). Then the route continues through Episkopeio to Lardia (Palaiokastro) settlement and returns to Korthi Bay.
Please visit our website for the technical descriptions 10 km.
Andros Trail Race is participating in the 1st mountain racing championship of the Cyclades. Cyclades Trail Cup consists of 3 races, on Tinos, Syros and Andros, one on each island, and aspires to include races of all the Cycladic Islands creating a large Cycladic sports event.
Entries and preparations for the 1st mountain running race on Andros have already begun! Register on www.androstrailrace.gr.
To make it easier for the athletes to join, we have secured discounts on ferry tickets, rental vehicles, and accommodation on Andros.
For those who wish to benefit from the full tour package that includes transportation, accommodation, catering and of course the race participation fee, please contact RunninGreece sports & travel agency! Additional info on our website.
We would like to thank the local entrepreneurs who are offering products for the refreshment points of the race and discounts on the accommodation and catering of the athletes.
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