The trail running club of ARKALOS, under the auspices of the Municipality of Sfakia, organizes the 1st race Sfakia Sky Run-Sea to Summit. It is a special race, unique for Greece, and, as its name implies, consists of a continuous uphill that starts from the sea level, namely from Loutro Sfakion, and ends at the highest peak of the White Mountains Pachnes, at an altitude of 2,454 meters. It is a matter of strength, endurance and persistence, as it gains 2,600 meters of positive altitude within 20.3 km.
At the same time, it is also a trip from summer to winter, as the temperatures at that season at the starting point (surface of the sea) are summer like but at the finish (at 2,454 meters) it is often close to 5 degrees Celsius or even lower.
The athletes participating in the race will have the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful places in the White Mountains, to experience the unique landscape of the mountain desert and to admire the unobstructed view of the Libyan Sea in the South and the “pelagos of peaks” to the north.
The gathering of the athletes will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at the port of Sfakia. The athletes must be in the harbor at 6:45 in the morning, from where they will pick up their numbers from the race secretariat until 8:00 and at 8:15 they will be boarded to boats that will take them to Loutro Sfakion port, where the start of the race will be given at 9:00 exactly.
Because of the specificity of the race, the safety of athletes and the protection of the natural environment from the human footprint, a maximum of 50 participants is set.