The first ever Ironman 70.3 Greece, Costa Navarino made history. Eyes on 2020…

By Journey to Greece on May 31, 2019

The first ever Ironman 70.3 Greece, Costa Navarino brought together 1500 athletes from 61 countries, offering Greece a prominent place in modern sports history.

Over 4500 athletes, spectators and volunteers from around the globe met at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino in the Peloponnese – the homeland of the Olympic spirit, to be part of an amazing triathlon race, while enjoying the renowned Messinian hospitality at one of the most unspoiled landscapes in the Mediterranean.On 14 April 2019, Ironman 70.3 Greece, Costa Navarino – the biggest triathlon bike race, running, and open water swimming competition ever held in Greece, was carried out with great success, having offered a powerful experience to 1500 elite athletes from 61 countries.Starting from The Dunes Beach, the athletes embarked on a demanding 1.9 km (1.2 miles) swim race in the Ionian Sea, continued with cycling on a 90 km (56 miles) ride from Navarino Dunes and back, across centuries-old olive groves and pine-covered hills with breathtaking sea views. Without any break, they set foot for the 21.1 km (13.1 miles) half marathon towards Voidokilia beach and Gialova lagoon, passed through cobblestone roads of the nearby villages, before heading back to the resort for the race finale.

In 4:22’28’’ the first “Ironman”, Ernesto Espinoza from Costa Rica, crossed the finish line, while this iconic triathlon at Costa Navarino offered 30 qualifying slots for the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France.The resort is preparing to welcome all again next year in April 5, 2020 for the next Ironman 70.3 Greece, Costa Navarino. Registrations have opened, you can sign up now. The journey continues…

The Westin Resort Costa Navarino

Inspired by old Messinian mansions, the resort’s low-rise villa clusters use natural stone and local design elements to create a motif in perfect harmony with virgin sandy beaches and the pristine hillside landscape.

Fine dining meets the history of Athens

Explore the GB Roof Garden, for lunch, dinner or during Thanksgiving 2020 and try out new experiences when in Athens

Costa Navarino keeps surprising kids and teenagers with exciting new experiences for 2020!

Kids and teenagers take their “place of honor” again this year at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, while families are offered even more ways to spend quality time together!

The “Martaki” Bracelet Greek Custom

A surprise & delight story by Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Athens, who gifted all their hotel guests with a "Martaki" bracelet on the first day of March!