Mountain running race
Vamvakou Mountain Run 2022

Save the date: Sunday 03 July 2022, Vamvakou, Laconia


A unique mountain running race will take place on the first Sunday of July on the slopes of Lakonikos Parnonas with a starting and finishing point in the village of Vamvakou Laconia. The running event is implemented for the second time by Vamvakou Revival in the framework of the Village Revival initiative with an exclusive donation from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (ISN).

This year, the runners will meet again in Vamvakou, after two consecutive years that the conditions of the pandemic did not allow this running event to take place. So we are coming back stronger this July, with more appetite to take the mountains together, participating in the Vamvakou Mountain Run 2022, through two routes, the first of 28 km and the second of 7 km.

The race is not competitive, however there will be an official electronic timing, so that all runners know their performance. The runners will move on the Cotton Trails and will finish inside the village. The purpose of the event is to highlight the natural wealth of the wider area and to encourage participation in activities and events in nature, with visitors having the opportunity to experience the green paths of Parnon and experience the Cotton.

Stay tuned applications will open in the coming months! More information at

Until then, run and stay in shape!



A few words about Vamvakou Revival

Vamvakou Revival, was founded in 2018, with the aim of the complete revitalization of the village of Vamvakou Laconia, by a group of young people with origins and strong ties with the village having the moral and financial support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (ISN). In recent years, the two organizations share the common vision of the Cotton Revival, equipped with the history, human capital and natural wealth of the region. Vision is the creation of a “model” village based on the sustainable development of the place with the primary goal of the return of permanent residents. The main vehicle is the creation of employment opportunities and the provision of modern living conditions, so that in a few years Vamvakou beats again with life with families, children, and the first bell of the school rings again. The main pillars of the initiative are tourism, innovation, agri-food and entrepreneurship. Vamvakou intends to pave the way for the revival, aspiring to act as a model to be followed by many more villages in Greece and internationally.


A few words about the first event in 2019

This sports event was held for the first time in July 2019 in collaboration with AMKE “Renaissance & Progress” and the Department of Sports Excellence of the 1st Orthopedic Clinic of the Medical School of the University of Athens, in the framework of the Cotton Revival initiative with exclusive donation from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (ISN).




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