On the occasion of the first Mini Marathon that was held on 28 June on Agistri, we explored this beautiful island in the Argo-Saronic Gulf with its exotic seas, dense pine forests, picturesque villages and vibrant nightlife.
It is hard to find so much beauty gathered on a single island! Agistri is only a short distance from Athens and Piraeus. It takes one to two hours to get there depending on whether you travel from Piraeus on a Flying Dolphin or ferry boat. It is the ideal holiday destination since it offers a high standard of services and opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation without requiring major capital expenditures. It is worth visiting, even if only for a weekend.
The Municipality of Agistri, the Agistri Professional Association, the Aegina Health Runners Club and the Athletic and Cultural Sport Club Apollon West Attica have joined forces to organise the island’s first Mini Marathon on Saturday, 28 June 2014. The Mini Marathon covers a distance of 13.5km and involves the participation of 300 athletes from the island as well as other parts of Greece. The event was a great success and was warmly embraced by the island’s inhabitants and visitors.
The marathon started at Skala at 7.30pm, and athletes covered a magical seaside route up to Megalochori, and from there to Limenaria, accompanied by the amazing scents of the pine forests. During the races, local medical and police support was never far away, to ensure that everybody was completely safe.
The race was hardly easy. There were many ups and downs, with a lot of climbing particularly on the way back. However, the enchanting route and dreamlike sunset made sure the athletes were abundantly rewarded. The race finished exactly where it had begun, at Skala square, where medals and prizes were awarded afterwards.
The Mini Marathon is to become one of the island’s annual events, and every summer it will set an example for the young people living on Agistri of their island’s generous spirit. Of course, it will also give tourists one more reason to visit this unique and hospitable corner of the world.