Runners Warm Up for Third Crete Marathon (video)

Chania, on the Greek island of Crete, will be holding its 3rd Crete Marathon on 15 April 2018. The location will allow runners to enjoy a memorable race in the historic center of the old town.

The race will start at the Public Municipal Market. From there, the route will take runners along the old Venetian Harbour to end up following an impressive road by the sea. It is a track which has been designed to offer every runner an unforgettable experience of the city.

The Old Venetian Harbor of Chania.
The Old Venetian Harbor of Chania.

The event not only includes the well-known Marathon Race, but also a 10 kilometer run, a 5 km run, and the much expected 2.5 km fun run, a favorite among families and kids.

The launch of the 3rd Crete Marathon will take on April 13, an event which will include the cutting of an olive branch, kotinos, from the monumental olive tree of Vouves.

This branch will be used for the wreath bestowed upon the marathon winners, adding a unique Olympic symbol. On April 14, the will be a torch relay in memory of Metropolitan Irenaeus Galanakis.

Several local authorities, as well as Chania Road Runners Health Club, have organized the 3rd Crete Marathon under the auspices of SEGAS and the Hellenic Association of Mass Popular Sports and Ultra Running Clubs. The event is also certified by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).

Past edition of the Crete Marathon (Courtesy of Crete Marathon).

Applications for registration should be made by April 4. Applicants can register online or submit an application form in person at the local town hall.  More applications for registration will be accepted (if available) at the Registration Center at the Venetian Harbor (Yali Tzamisi Street and Akti Tompazi Street) on April 13 and 14.

Registrations are divided into individual registrations and team entries for groups of more than six runners. For more information, visit 3rd Crete Marathon website.