Odyssey Challenge | Are you ready for the ultimate obstacle race?

About two weeks ago, as  I was spending time on Facebook, I saw a video of the Odyssey Challenge  race. Although I am not that adventurous and athletic myself, I got really curious with all this Odyssey Challenge and I must say that I admired the willpower all these athletes have. I am sure some people would be interested in getting more info about or even taking part in it. That’s this post about then.

Odyssey challenge is a 25 Km race with 40 impressive obstacles taken at the magical Alonaki beach in Preveza, near Parga.

WHAT IS ODYSSEY CHALLENGE?

(all words and photos are taken from the official Odyssey Challenge website)

The Odyssey Challenge is the first major obstacle race in Greece, inspired and designed by Greek athletes. The Athlete is called upon to overcome a series of difficulties that will test the limits of his stamina at all levels! He has to run on a mountain, in a forest, on a beach, in sea, in river, to swim, to pass up, down, through obstacles, to carry loads, to climb in ropes, in rocks, to pass through mudslides and face all his fears!

The obstacles.

The obstacles are the core of the Odyssey Challenge Race. We work very hard to offer you the most fascinating and breathtaking obstacles of various levels of difficulty. Our main concern is for you to live a unique experience!
For sure, you will have, already, seen some of our obstacles in other races. We chose to include these obstacles to Odyssey Challenge Race because we think that they are a must-have for any obstacle race. There are also some obstacles (we will not reveal them before the start of the Race!) that will be of our inspiration and construction.

WHY ODYSSEY CHALLENGE

Because the event is something completely new and innovative in Greece, it is the first totally “Greek idea” effort in the highly rising and new branch of activities referred as OCR (Obstacle Course Race), commonly as Obstacle Race. The specific “product” gets higher promotion because it is fully associated with prime time reality ΤV shows, such as “Survivor”.

COLLABORATING GYMS AND SPORTS CENTERS

There is collaboration with more than 30 major sports centers, Gyms and Crossfit Box with group registries of their members  in the race. There are also recommended Gyms to prepare you for the Race.

MEDIA SPONSORS

The event organizers have been in agreement with the most well known greek newspaper, a famous national TV channel and 5 high traffic greek websites.

Find more information about the Odyssey Challenge and register for the next race at their official website OdysseyChallenge.com

 

 

Our trip to Zagorohoria in photos – DAY 2

The beginning of the path is the place in Monodendri where scenes of ‘Anaparastasi”, the movie of the great Greek director Theodoros Angelopoulos,were filmed, in 1970

Even if the rest of Greece is hot during August, the dense oak trees shades of Vikos Aoos National Park, in the North Pindus Mountains, make hiking the Vikos gorge possible.  We visited the area in mid-August.

Our base was Monodendri village, on the rim of the gorge.

Day 2 

12Km : Monodendri – Kokori BridgeVitsa – Monodendri

 

 

 

 

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Our trip to Zagorohoria in photos – DAY 1

We stayed at Archontiko Zarkadas, beautiful, affortable with very good breakfast. This is our garden view from the room.

Even if the rest of Greece is hot during August, the dense oak trees shades of Vikos Aoos National Park, in the North Pindus Mountains, make hiking the Vikos gorge possible.  We visited the area in mid-August.

Our base was Monodendri village, on the rim of the gorge.

Day 1 

20minutes walk from Monodendri to Agia Paraskevi Monastery

If you want to find information about the monastery, check WikiPedia

At the end of the day we enjoyed a light and tasteful dinner at the popular Kikitsa’s pies, at Monodendri village.

 

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Acheron River, where experiences are endless

Acheron_River
Photo By Vicky Pan

Acheron River (ποταμός Αχέροντας) is one of our favorite places in Greece and we have already written a post about this paradise place. Last summer we visited Acheron River again. And that time we were determined to walk and swim into its cold waters. So we prepared ourselves, bought river shoes (you definitely cannot walk in the river without them) and a waterproof case, where you put your keys, some money and your phone (it is advisable to have your phone with you if you decide to walk a long distance). You can buy these at the stalls at the start of the walk, near the parking places. Leave behind a bag with a towel and dry clothes to change when you arrive back. 

Photo By PargaPortal

The water was freezing at the beginning. And this is the most challenging part of the walk. Because of the springs, the water at this point is very cold and you may think that you cannot manage walking any further. We recommend you start walking fast. Or rest for 5-10 seconds on the banks so that your body gets used to the temperature. And then start walking again. The water temperature gets better after a couple of minutes. Nature becomes stunning, and your walk more adventurous. For some short distances you must walk through narrow paths and slippery rocks. At some parts the river gets deeper. Swim hard and fast to cope with the current of the river. Stop for a while, listen to the nature sounds and feel the vibes of this ancient place.

Photo By Giannis Gioutlakis

After an exciting one hour of walking / swimming, we reached this stone bridge. This is the point where you can walk upon the rocks and reach the top of the bridge. The view is breathtaking. From there you can go back to the river or you can follow the path on the right hand side (follow the red spots). It takes about 45 minutes to go back to where you firstly started walking in the river. We chose the second option. We were completely wet by the river and we really enjoyed walking in the dense green nature. 

 

Photo By thesprotia3d

One of the most beautiful spots on the way back was this narrow tunnel in the rock. The area is also known as Skala tis Tzavelenas and is a must for those who like hiking.