The sport of endurance and trail running in Greece has developed over the years. In 2012, Hydra was added to the sporting calendar hosting athletes from around the world for the Hydra's Trail Event annually at the beginning of April.
For athletes who wish to register to run in the races or those who just want more information, please contact the organisers at the official site. You can also find more information and coverage on their facebook page as well as on the association's page too. Please click the buttons below and have fun running on Hydra soon!
This video will give you an idea of what to expect and illustrates just how gruelling some of the races are!
There are five races held over 2 days with athletes arriving for registration on Friday evening and Saturday morning.
On Saturday the event starts with the fast Downhill Race just after mid-day, then the Junior Races, with the Fun Run starting in the early evening. The first day ends with a Pasta Party.
Sunday starts early with the two big races. Awards are presented in the afternoon which signals the end of the event.
Eros Mountain Run - 25k route
Rock Race - 10k route
Downhill Race - 12k route
Fun Run - Distance: 4.70 kilometres, Altitude:195 meters
Junior's Mini Race: 1200m & 1600m on the port
Mountain running is a hugely popular sport on Hydra.
The Hydra's Trail Event was initiated by Hydra runners who just LOVE to RUN and they have one of the most beautiful, natural and scenic circuits in the world right on their doorstep! Hydra has everything they need to test their endurance from level roads, to mountain tops, pine forest trails and countryside trails.
The Hydra's Trail Event weekend these days takes a lot of organisation with a committee that specifically handles sponsorship, registration and the race weekend administration. I've included links above to their official pages.
But for the island's runners, Hydra's rugged countryside is a year-round challenge.
Hydra's runners take part in the Hydra's Trail Event, but they also travel to take part in races and marathons around the world. Training on Hydra's mountain slopes gives them an edge and they often return to the island with medals.
Unlike track events, mountain running is often a lonely sport that takes a lot of stamina and mental strength as well. Most of these types of runners take part to beat themselves, each striving to run faster and for the personal satisfaction of improving their own time. Even at the height of summer, Hydra's runners still train together with a buddy system for safety. They are marvellously supportive of one another and enthusiastically encourage and help visitors who come to Hydra as well. Even total beginners are welcomed by members of the Hydra Running Club who are willing to give advice, to walk the routes and train with new runners.
Whether Hydriots or visitors, beginners or experienced, one of the best places to find information and a running buddy at any time of the year, is to contact the runners personally via their facebook page or to speak to Stelios or Ioannis at the Isalos Cafe.