Kea Challenge – Race presentation

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The Cyclades Trail Cup and the Municipality of Kea are organizing a trail running event in 13 and 14 of April 2019. In order to promote the traditional handmade trekking paths and the cultural history of Kea, the island will participate with in the Cyclades Trail Cup 2019, the series of running events in Greek islands.

Races with the “challenge” word in their title are described as two part races. Athletes need to finish the first day race and choose one of the two races of the second day.

Every race participating in the Cyclades Trail Cup has to follow guidelines regarding Cultural sub-events on every race event. In Kea island we “marry” sports with archaeology. Would you like to discover Kea by playing a game? Now you can form a team and participate in a brand new game creation by the Diadrasis team. 

Race Schedule

Karthaia Downhill

On Saturday 13 April at 14:30 the 1st Kea Challenge trail race will start. The starting point will be at the village of Stavroudaki. The route consists of traditional trekking paths and some dirtroad. The total descent is 240 meters. The finish line is at the ancient city of Karthaia next to the theater.

5k trail race

On Sunday 14 April at 09:00 the 1st Kea Challenge trail race will start. If you finish the “Challenge” by running the Downhill & the 5km trail race you will be awarded with Cyclades Trail Cup points. The total points for this combination are: CTC_33ps. Read more here. The starting point of the race will be right next to the Municipality building of Kea isalnd. The route consists of 97% tradition trekking paths and total elevation of the race is 340 meters

18k trail race

On Sunday 14 April at 08:30 the 1st Kea Challenge trail race will start. If you finish the “Challenge” by running the Downhill & the 18km trail race you will be awarded with Cyclades Trail Cup points. The total points for this combination are: CTC_85ps. Read more here. The starting point of the race will be right next to the Municipality building of Kea isalnd. The route consists of 88% tradition trekking paths and total elevation of the race is 880 meters

Event Schedule

On Saturday 13 April, at 11:00, participate with your team in a game of tresure hunting designd by the Diadirasis group. Search for clues in the surrounding area of Ioulida village of Kea island, meet the local and form new friendships! The maximum limit of teams is set to 12 and every team can have from 2 up to 6 people.

Also on Saturday 13 April, after the Downhill race, all participants will be guided through the Ancient city of Karthaia. Same day, at 20:30 in Mylopotamos area, at the Folklore Museum, all participants can learn about the life o locals in the last 200 years.

At night of Saturday 13 April, at 21:00, don’t forget to watch the Technical Presentation of the next days routes and learn more about the Kea Challenge trail race. Afterwards at night local folklore dancers and musicians will present local dances.

On Sunday 14 April, after the last runners finish, the winners of the Cyclades Trail Cup 2018 will be awarded.

Of course in Kea like in all of our events, local products will be offered freely!