The inaugural Vamvakou Mountain Run will take place on July 13th 2019, in the scenic mountainous region of Parnonas, with the race starting and finishing line situated in the village of Vamvakou, Laconia. The sporting event is an endeavor of the “Vamvakou Revival” project, funded exclusively by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). In total, from both races, as many as 500 runners can be part of this new event in its first year. The organizational supervision of the race is undertaken by the non-profit company “Regeneration & Progress“ and the Department of Sports Excellence of the 1st Orthopedic Clinic of the Medical School of the University of Athens.
The Vamvakou Mountain Run features two routes: a) 28 kilometers and b) the 7 km. The starting and finishing lines for both routes are located at Siginiseos Station found at the entrance to Vamvakou, with a common starting time of 10:00 a.m. The runners will progress along the mountainous paths of the Greater Parnon area with the route concluded on return to Siginiseos Station, Vamvakou. The race is a non-competitive event and participation is free of charge. However, there will be official electronic timing so that all runners are aware of their performance. The purpose of the event is to promote the natural wealth and beauty of the wider region, but also to raise awareness among the local population of the surrounding area with an appreciation of the historical and cultural heritage of Laconia. Alongside this, visitors are able to experience the green mountainous paths of Mt. Parnonas and enjoy many of the region’s reference points.
Eligible to participate are those above the age of 18 . “Vamvakou Mountain Run” is not a competitive race, but aims to reward participation to get runners acquainted with mountain-type races and generally promote the athletic culture. In addition, at 15:00, a medals ceremony will take place for the first 3 female and male finishers in each race.
During and after the races, many family activities will be hosted in the village of Vamvakou. For a complete schedule of the day’s events, please visit www.SNF.org.
By private vehicle
Athens – Vamvakou
distance: 203 km
Kalamata – Vamvakou
Route 1 (via Tripoli) | 127 km
Kalamata – Vamvakou
Route 2 (via Sparti) | 131 km
Free transportation by buses
The event organizers will provide runners with free transportation by buses from Athens and Kalamata with intermediate stops at Corinth, Tripoli and Sparta.
A) Athens to Vamvakou 05:15-08:30 with intermediate stops
Stops from Athens:
- 5:15 Kifissia “Thanopoulos”
- 5:30 Marousi «Helexpo»
- 5:45 Syntagma Square
- 6:05 Chaidari “Palataki”
- 6:55 Corinth “Goodys Isthmos”
- 7:55 Tripoli –National Highway Α7 , Exit -Sparta
- 8:45 Arrival at Vamvakou
B) Kalamata to Vamvakou 06: 00-08: 30 with intermediate stops
Stops from Kalamata:
- 5:50 Kalamata Cultural Center
- 7:10 Sparta “Statue of Leonidas”
- 8:20 Arrival at Vamvakou
Reception of racing package
The racing package will be received only at the Info Point booth which will be operating at Vamvakou Siginiseos Station:
- Friday 12 July from 17:00 to 20:00
- Saturday 13 July from 8:00 to 9:30
For your quick service, you are kindly requested to provide us with the email of your BIB number, either in hard copy or in electronic form.
Technical Race Update
The technical briefing of the two races of “Vamvakou Mountain Run” will take place on Friday, July 12th, at 20:00 at the Vamvakou Siginiseos Station, followed by the Pasta Party. In addition, on Saturday 13/7 at 09:30, a technical briefing will be held on the two races of “Vamvakou Mountain Run”, at the Starting Point, Vamvakou Siginiseos Station.
Participants should be present at the starting line at least half an hour before the scheduled starting time.
Personal items safety point
If you wish to hand in your personal items before the start of the race, there will be an organized venue for the “VAMVAKOU MOUNTAIN RUN” near the starting line. This bag should be delivered by 9:30 at the latest. The bag will be returned to you after completing the race by showing your participation number to race organizers.
28 km route provisions
Along the route of the long Race, there will be 5 support stations for the participants.
|Refuge EOS SPARTA||Water-Isotonic-Chips-Raisins|
|Mountain trail (Mantres)||Water-Energy Gel-Nuts-Chocolate|
|Profitis Elias (Plateau)||Water-Isotonic-Chips-Raisins|
|Refuge EOS SPARTA||Water-Energy Gel-Isotonic-Nuts-Chocolate|
7 km Route Provisions
Along the route of the short Race, there will be 1 support station for the participants.
In addition water will be available to runners at Start and End. At the finish there will be a catering with fruit – bars – juices – biscuits and salty for the runners to finish.
Time limit for completing the race
For the long route there is a 21-kilometer exclusion time limit at the EOS Sparta refuge. Any runner who arrives there 5.30 hours after the start is considered to be out of the race, and under the suggestion of the referee will be transferred to the finish area by a vehicle of the event. If runners decide to continue, they do so at their own risk, and also need to be very familiar with the terrain since the organizers will be removing the route markers and signs. Athletes who, for whatever reason, leave the race are obliged to inform the race judge at the nearest control station.
The race has a time limit of 7 hours and closes at 17:00. Athletes who finish after this time are considered as not having completed the race.
Participation Number / Runner’s Bib
The participation number of each athlete must always be visible: during the course and at the finish line.
Medical support for the SNF RUN is provided by the 1st Orthopaedic Department, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Doctors, medical staff, and ambulances will be available to offer medical assistance.
When signing the participation waiver, all participants agree they are properly trained and physically prepared to participate. Participants are advised to check with their doctor prior to competing.
The safety of all participants and spectators is our highest priority. To facilitate this, we are fortunate to work in close collaboration with the Hellenic Police, the Traffic Police, EKAV, the Fire Department and the 1st Orthopaedic Department, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
Event officials will be monitoring both routes for any unforeseen situations that may inconvenience runners and will be providing medical assistance to all athletes in need.
The organizing committee may modify the routes if for any reason there is risk of athletes’ safety. It may also delay the start or postpone or cancel the race due to bad weather or any other force majeure.
We would like to thank for their assistance and cooperation: Municipality of Sparta, Parnon Mtn. Forest Service, Hellenic Police, Fire Department.
- Consult your physician if you have any medical issues.
- Exhibit athletic spirit at all times.
- Respect and follow all instructions given by event officials.
- Do not forget to warm up prior to the start.
- It is recommended to consume a meal at least two hours prior to running.
- Arrive at the start ahead of time.
- Hydrate properly and adequately before, during and after the run.
- Follow your own pace and not be tempted by the pace of other athletes.
- Do not litter on the course, or at the start and finish areas.
- Any athlete who is approached by a faster athlete is obliged, if required, to move aside so that overtaking can be done quickly and safely.
- Runners may not receive any form of external assistance or assistance from other runners. The use of any motorized vehicle is forbidden. The use of a baton, map or compass is permitted.
- The organization does not oblige athletes to carry specific equipment. However, special equipment is recommended for the long route and the most inexperienced runners: Small water bag, windbreaker, solid food, elastic bandage, whistle and mobile phone.
- Headphones are not allowed to be used during the race.
- The Race supports the reduction of plastic use and there will be no plastic glasses. Athletes will be able to replenish their own water supplies at the support stations.
- Each runner should be carrying their own water container (flask, water bottle, canteen, cup).
Please read carefully the participation terms and conditions here.
In order to facilitate the runners’ return home, buses will be scheduled to depart at 16:00 and also at 22:30 in order to accommodate those that wish to enjoy the afternoon/evening activities and events.
Mountain Running Research – Athlete Assessments, free of charge
The scientific team of Sports Excellence, Department of the 1st Orthopedic Clinic of the Medical School of the University of Athens, funded exclusively by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), commited to supporting and improving the athlete’s health, and on the occasion of the “Vamvakou Mountain Run” 28 km route, will be conducting for the first time, research on mountain running.
During the course of this research project there will be free of charge assessments for a maximum of 60 volunteer runners. Cardiorespiratory assessments will be conducted and dietary habits will be evaluated for the runners participating in the project.
On the day of the run, before and after the race, there will be a biochemical blood analysis focusing on exertion and oxidative stress indicators. The results of all the assessments, along with personalized training and dietary advice will be given to the participating athletes.
Runners of the 28km race, who wish to participate in this research project should contact email@example.com.