XTERRA Triathlon Returns to the Athenian Riviera

Professional athletes and triathlon first-timers will flock to the beach at Vouliagmeni this weekend, to fight for a “ticket” to Hawaii.


Athletic events draw athletes to numerous Greek destinations throughout the year. This weekend, those based in Athens needn’t pack any bags, as one of the largest gatherings of the year is set to take place at Vouliagmeni beach, on the Athenian Riviera.

Among the most popular athletic events in Greece are the triathlons, attracting swimmers, runners and cyclists, and one of the most famous triathlon challenges, in the country and in the world, is XTERRA, an off-road triathlon consisting of open water swimming, mountain-biking, and trail-running, founded in Hawaii in 1996. The event’s eighth installment in Greece – the fifth taking place on the Athenian Riviera, in the location which hosted the triathlon venue during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games – is promising to be bigger than ever before, featuring a new race (a “cross aquathlon,” combining swimming and running but no cycling), taking place parallel with the main event. 

There will also be relays, a sprint distance, and open water swimming races, while winners of the XTERRA Full Distance triathlon will earn spots in the 25th World Championship in Maui on December 5.

Find information about all races below (source: xterraplanet.com/greece). Register here.

RACES

XTERRA GREECE FULL DISTANCE

Saturday 16th October 2021

Distances:  1500 Meter Swim | 30K Mountain Bike | 10K Trail Run 

XTERRA GREECE SPRINT DISTANCE

Saturday 16th October 2021

Distances:  750 Meter Swim | 15K Mountain Bike | 6K Trail Run 

XTERRA RELAYS (TEAMS)

Saturday 16th October 2021

Full Distance:  1500 Meter Swim | 30K Mountain Bike | 10K Trail Run 

Sprint Distance:  750 Meter Swim | 15K Mountain Bike | 6K Trail Run 

XTERRA CROSS AQUATHLON

Saturday 16th October 2021

The Cross Aquathlon takes place simultaneously with the Off Road Triathlon, so an athlete cannot register for both

Full Distance: 1.5 km swimming and 10 km of mountain running.

Sprint Distance: 750 meters swimming and 5km of mountain running.

XTERRA OPEN WATER SWIMMING CHALLENGE

Sunday 17th October 2021

1. 1000m, 2500m, 5000m Swim Challenge 

2. 200m Swim Challenge 

3. Participation in both events

1000m + 200m Challenge

2500m + 200m Challenge

5000m + 200m Challenge


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