Samaria Run 2018
Time & Location
About the event
The race of 17,6 kilometers, passes the first half of the Samaria Gorge.
Starting at the site of "Mahi" (altitude 1200m., rural road junction to shelter Kallergi).) we run on a smooth uphill asphalt road of 1.5km and reach Xyloskalo (altitude 1250m. Entrance of the canyon Samaria). Here is the first point of supply.
From there we enter the path of the Samaria Gorge. The first 500 steps of the path are quite steep, but then it continues gently downhill.
At 3.150 m of the race we find the water source "Neroutsos (altitude 1000m.) and at 3.930 m the water source of "Fig Tree Root (elevation 810m).
Then the race continues to a gently sloping path, always the key path of the Samaria Gorge to reach 4.750 m. point where the guardhouse of St. Nicholas church is (altitude 660m). This is the lowest elevation point on the route. Here is the second point of supply.
From this point on by following the signs we leave the main path of the Samaria Gorge in eastern direction.
The path is visible and uphill until 6.620 m. point of the route in place Kalyvaki (guardhouse of the National Park. Altitude 950m).
This is a point with panoramic and breathtaking view of the gorge of Samaria.
Then we head up north where the trail reaches the 7.820 m. point where the third point of supply is based (altitude 910m).
After the supply point folloews a pretty steep path towards the North East until the 10.870m point of the race (Mitato Vigla altitude of 1460m.), which is also the fourth point of supply.
From here we follow the little dirt road uphill towards the west to 15.000 m point of the race to the fifth point of supply at the shelter Kallergis (altitude 1.600 m).
From Kalergis shelter we continue downhill on a dirt road (2500m.) and then enter the footpath towards the South West and completing the circle to reach 20.000m to Xiloskalo (altitude 1250m.) where the race ends.