Crete to Host International Mountain Race (Video)

(Courtesy of Psiloritis Race).

The Greek island of Crete will be hosting, on June 3, the International Mountain Race Psiloritis “Run in the Steps of Zeus”.

During the race, mountain racers from all over the world will challenge running in one of the most important international competitions of its kind.

The race path covers 35 kilometers and develops over the trail once trekked by ancient pilgrims to reach the summit of Mt. Psiloritis all the way from the Minoan Palace of Knossos. In the place, they would honor their god, Zeus Cretagenes, who had been raised in the nearby Ideon Cave.

Race of Mount Psiloritis Crete
The race (Courtesy of American Trail Running Association):

This annual event offers an incredible opportunity to experience the majestuous landscape of the island.

The main running event is set to take place on the morning of June 3, departing from the Nida Plateau in Anogia to scale up to the top of Psiloritis (2,456 meters).

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The categories are divided by age group, still, the race has been planned out for experienced runners, and the completion time is about 7 hours.

An 8.5-kilometer race will also take place starting from Platania Amariou to end in the historic center of Amari. For kids, a race only two-kilometers long is also part of the program.

The deadline for registration is May 19th, more information can be found on the dedicated website.