Almost 400 runners joined the 2018 Castle Run in the town of Nafplio on Sunday, considered one of the toughest races in Greece.
The 5 km race includes a steep climb on the historic castle of Palamidi, overlooking the town, through the 999 stairs path. The second part (4.15 downhill) includes the route through the asphalt-paved path to the finish line.
According to the municipality of Nafplio, the Castle Run aims to create a unique sports event which will draw runners from all over Greece and to to promote the city’s natural beauty and its long cultural heritage and tradition.
The town was the capital of the First Hellenic Republic and of the Kingdom of Greece, from the start of the Greek Revolution in 1821 until 1834. Nafplio is now the capital of the regional unit of Argolis.
Palamidi castle nestled on the crest of a 216-metre high hill, is a fortress built by the Venetians during their second occupation of the area (1686–1715).