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“Navarino Challenge 2017”: A successful recipe!   For a 5th consecutive year Messinia will be the honorary region – The great sports fest will be held on October 13-15  

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Athens, March 21 2017 – Messinia will be in a “festive” mood for a 5th consecutive year, as it hosts the ultimately successful sports tourism event “Navarino Challenge”; which is now considered an annual establishment of Greece.


Hundreds of professional and amateur athletes are expected for one more year to visit Messinia and Costa Navarino, on October 13-15, 2017, in order to take part in the event’s numerous activities. Several sports will also be included in this year’s schedule such as running, TaeKwonDo and boccia while many more activities are expected to be announced.

“Navarino Challenge” has been awarded with a Grand Ermis in the Production category of Ermis Awards and distinguished for its best production among the sports events organized in Greece. Further to its successful course in the last four years, setting a record at booking level in The Westin Resort Costa Navarino in the month of September; the event is now organized in October in order to support even stronger, the goal of the tourist season extension not only for the hotels of this region but also for Messinia as a whole.

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On the occasion of this big sports “appointment” recognized athletes will be present in “Navarino Challenge”, initially teaching ethics and then the “secrets” of their sports to people of all ages. The Greek American ultramarathon Konstantinos (Dean) Karnazes and ambassador of the event over the years highlighted: “Navarino Challenge is a truly world class event that offers something for everyone, not only runners. This is our 5th Anniversary and the Navarino Challenge showcases the very best Greece has to offer. I am incredibly honored to be part of this enduring legacy. I’ve traveled all across the world running and racing and am the proud ambassador of the 5th Annual Navarino Challenge this October!”


Grigoris Polychronidis, holder now of four Paralympic medals in boccia stated on the occasion of his participation in the event: “Sports create strong characters, everyone deserves to participate and it also offers entertainment! I am happy that my sport, boccia is loved by children and that we have the opportunity for a 3rd year in Navarino Challenge to play and have fun with children and adults.”

At the same time, the twice silver Olympic medalist in TaeKwonDo, Alexandros Nikolaidis added: “I am proud to be a member of “Navarino Challenge” family for a 5th consecutive year. The event becomes enormous every year and the goal always remains the same; to introduce to as many people as we can sports, the right nutrition and good life. We educate youth through sports, without any kind of discrimination, maintaining the principles of the Olympic spirit and ideals, which require mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, brotherhood and fair play. Costa Navarino will be for another year, the center of interest for athletes and amateurs who love TaeKwonDo. Together, young and old will learn the secrets of this unique sport in one of the most enchanting destinations in Greece.”


In the following link you may watch the teaser video of Navarino Challenge 2017:


“Navarino Challenge” will take place for another year with the support of Costa Navarino and The Westin Resort Costa Navarino as well as the Municipalities of Pylos-Nestor and Trifilia.


More information regarding the opening of the registrations, the activities schedule and the privileged hospitality packages will be announced in the following weeks.




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Costa Navarino:

Costa Navarino is the prime, sustainable destination in the Mediterranean, located in the Greek region of Messinia in the southwest Peloponnese. One of the most unspoiled and breathtaking seaside Mediterranean landscapes, this area has been shaped by 4,500 years of history. Its philosophy is driven by a genuine desire to promote Messinia, while protecting and preserving its natural beauty and heritage. It will comprise a number of distinct sites featuring 5-star deluxe hotels, luxury residences, conference facilities, spa and thalassotherapy centres, signature golf courses, as well as a wide range of unique year-round activities for adults and children. Navarino Dunes, the first area, is home to two luxury 5-star hotels, The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort and The Westin Resort Costa Navarino; The Dunes Course – the first signature golf course in Greece- Anazoe Spa, a 4,000sq.m. spa & thalassotherapy centre; the state-of-the-art conference centre House of Events; specially designed facilities for children; as well as a variety of gastronomy venues, sports, outdoor and cultural activities. Navarino Bay, the second area is home to the signature golf course, The Bay Course.

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About The Westin Resort Costa Navarino:

The Westin Resort Costa Navarino is one of the two luxury 5-star properties at Navarino Dunes, the first resort area in Costa Navarino, the prime destination in the Mediterranean.  Overlooking the Ionian Sea coastline of the Dunes Beach, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino 445 rooms and suites, inspired by old Messinian mansions, spring from nature and create an ambiance of genuine hospitality.  Voted as the “Best Family Destination” in the Mediterranean amongst Europe’s Starwood Hotels & Resorts, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino is the ideal destination for family getaways as it proposes a plethora of children activities such as a wonderful aqua park with water slides, playground and recreational center as well as two specially designed hubs for children, Cocoon and SandCastle.  At Navarino Dunes there is also The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort,  the 18-hole  signature golf course The Dunes Course the 4,000 sq.m Anazoe Spa, a state-of-the-art conference center, as well as a variety of culinary venues, sports, outdoor and cultural activities. Navarino Bay, the second area in Costa Navarino, features the second 18-hole signature golf course, The Bay Course. For more information on The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, please visit, or follow us on Twitter.

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