The Authentic Marathon Swim returns after its historical revival for a second consecutive year at Artemision.

Amateur and professional swimmers from Greece and abroad will have the opportunity to enjoy the great sports event, at Pefki, Evia of the Municipality of Istiaia – Edipsos between 2 – 4 July.

The event revives the authentic marathon swimming route 2,500 years after it was first accomplished.

Drone footage of the swimming races at Pefki, of the Municipality of Istiaia-Edipsos Photo: Dimitris Andritsos Photography at Authentic Marathon Swim

According to some ancient historians, Skyllias and his daughter Hydna were the first ‘marathon swimmers’ to be acknowledged globally.

The story of Skyllias and Hydna begins with their several admirable diving achievements. The two were arrested in 480 B.C. by Persians, who wanted to use the pair of proficient divers for an extensive exploration of underwater treasures left behind by ancient Greek shipwrecks.

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Swimmers up close Photo: Elias Lefas at Authentic Marathon Swim

The demanding route will be held at the straits of Artemision, connecting Central Greece with Thessaly and the regional units of Evia, Magnesia and Fthiotida.

Participants can now register and take advantage of early bird prices to take part in the impressive 10km, 3km, 1.5km routes, as well as in the new 5km route that will be held this year for the first time. Registration for the 800m children’s race is free.

You can register by clicking here.

Drone footage of the safe distances kept at the starting line of swimmers during last year’s event Photo: Dimitris Andritsos Photography at Authentic Marathon Swim

Last year the event welcomed many swimming champions including silver Olympic medallist Spyros Gianniotis, Hungarian swimmer Attila Manyoki and Japanese Olympic champion Yasunari Hirai.

All routes of The Authentic Marathon Swim have been designed by Greek national swimming coach Nikos Gemelos who has distinctions in the Olympic Games and world open water swimming championships.