Panorama, Voula, Greece – Sunshine and mountainous views greeted runners at the first-ever XTERRA Greece Trail Run on March 2. Over 250 runners, including a few from nearby countries, turned out on a public holiday and took part in the trail run and mountain bike events.
“From their testimonies, the athletes as well as the crowd enjoyed the race as a whole,” said XTERRA Greece race director Konstantinos Koumargialis. “The beautiful trails of the southern part of mountain Ymittos coupled with the sunny weather provided the perfect combination for a successful event. The rocky trails proved challenging with the adrenaline running high, but the beautiful view compensated for all of this.”
Greece had its first XTERRA triathlon last summer and there will be another on June 21. Koumargialis said the trail run event would grow in Greece. He said competitors were satisfied with the course, organization, and sponsor gifts.
“The starting area was quite vibrant and full of energy,” he said.
Dimitris Theodorakakos won the men’s 15K winner in 56:43. Deniz Demaki was the top women’s finisher in 1:09:58. Gregory Souvatzoglou was the men’s 6.5K winner in 25:40 and Angela Keramida won the top women’s finisher in 31:16. Top male and female 15K mountain bike finishers were Wilbert Vicente Gacutan (45:46) and Sabrina Tviss (1:05:43).
Photo courtesy of XTERRA Greece