UltraMarathon

Authentic Marathon Swim

The Authentic Marathon Swim represents the revival of the authentic marathon swimming route, 2.500 years after it was first accomplished. The event includes 14.5km route at the straits of Artemision – the location of the historical Naval Battle between Greek and Persian forces in Greece.

According to the written works of Ancient Historians, Skyllias and his daughter Hydna, were the very first “marathon swimmers” to ever be acknowledged globally. The story of Skyllias and Hydna describes that after several admirable diving achievements the two historical figures were arrested in 480 B.C. by Persians that wanted to use the pair of proficient divers for an extensive exploration of underwater treasures from Ancient-Greek shipwrecks.

Subsequently, the historical swimmers realized that Persians planned on using them in an upcoming naval battle in Artemision, meaning that Skyllias and Hydna would have to face their Greek compatriots. After understanding the plan of the Persian forces, the Ancient-Greek heroes jumped into the sea, sliced the ropes from the anchors of Persian ships and started swimming towards Artemision in order to inform the Greek Naval Forces.

The historical achievements of Skyllias and Hydna have been recorded by Herodotus, “The Father of History”, who has praised them for their unique swimming ability and the importance of the information they offered to the Greeks, allowing the Naval Forces to prepare for their upcoming Naval Battles and their eventual triumph. Hence, in this way the first-ever ultra long-distance swim was recorded 2500 years ago, as Herodotus claimed that the two swimmers covered approximately 80 cables or 9 nautical miles.

On Saturday, July 2, 2022, at 08:15am the authentic 14.5km route “Skylias & Hydna” will be held allowing swimmers from around the world to swim over the shipwrecks of the naval battle of Artemision that took place in 480 B.C., for the first time. The swimmers will cover 80 stadia, the equivalent of 14.5km.

For each participant in the 14.5km and 10km routes there will be an escort-boat and its cost is included in the registration price.

The Courses 10 km and 14.5 km

The Races

14.5km
7 swimmers (5 men and 2 women)
Alexandros Rizotis – Greece
Marina Sadikoska – U.S.A. & North Macedonia
Edie Markovich – U.S.A.
Kristof Rasovszky – Hungary
Kate Steels – England
Christof Wandratsch – Germany
George Skotadis – Greece
10km
Christof Wandratsch – Germany
Dominic Bryan – England
Margaret Andrews – USA
Constantinos Sarrigeorgidis – Greece
Eric Vetillard – France
Champagne Nicole – Canada
Anna Koumpouli – Greece
Giannis Kotsiopoulos – Greece
Vincent Eernstman – Netherlands
Vicky Kouveli – Greece
Sofia Psilolignou – Greece

Elite

Authentic Marathon Swim Elite 14.5 km Race

7 swimmers accepted

Elite

Authentic Marathon Swim Elite 10 km Race

More Swimmers to come

Race Results 2022

The Authentic Marathon Swim represents the revival of the authentic marathon swimming route, 2.500 years after it was first accomplished. The event includes 14.5km route at the straits of Artemision – the location of the historical Naval Battle between Greek and Persian forces in Greece.