ROUTE OF TRUCE 2018
List of runners who successfully completed the Route of Truce 2018
500 new messengers of peace from Ilida to Olympia
Five hundred old and new runners-messengers of peace conveyed the message that there is a need to promote the Olympic value of Truce, on a 50-kilometer road from Ancient Ilida to Ancient Olympia.
This year’s Route of Truce was headed by the Taekwondo world champion, Maria Karpathaki, however 13-year-old Fenia Theodorou and 17-year-old Epameinondas Kagianas won our hearts, for they managed to cover all 49,800 meters of the Route of Truce although they are minors. So did Solon Papadopoulos, a person with disabilities, who managed to make it to the finish line, thus paving his own Route of Truce.
Runners arrived to Ilia from all around Greece but also from abroad (the Netherlands, France, Italy), and the participation in the Route of Truce of Dogan Pekgoz, an official of the Turkish Embassy, was of symbolic value.
It is well known that the Route of Truce does not have a competitive character. The goal is to promote the message of truce and peace. The runners started at 5:45a.m from Ancient Ilida and after passing through 13 villages of semi-mountainous Ilia (Dafni, Keramidia, Dafniotissa, Peristeri, Cheimadio, Sopi, Karatoula, Magoula, Latzoi, Iraklia, Pournari, Pelopio, Platanos) they arrived to the city that hosted the ancient Olympic Games, in Ancient Olympia, where everyone who completed the route was awarded with unique numbered medal. A small celebration was then held in their honor.
The Route of Truce 2018 was organized by the Federation of Olympia in cooperation with the administration of the regional unit of Ilia, the municipalities of Ilida and Ancient Olympia, the cooperating support Organizations of the Municipality of Sparta and the International Olympic Truce Center, under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Tourism, CISM, NATO, the Hellenic Olympic Committee, the Greek National Tourism Organization, the International Olympic Academy, the National Olympic Academy of Greece, the Scouts of Greece, the Association of Olympic Winners of Greece, the Pan-Hellenic Women’s Sports Club “H Kallipateira” and with the technical support of the Higher Sports Council of Armed Forces (ASAED), the supporting institution of the Greek Association for Atlantic and European Cooperation.
The events were sponsored by: OPAP, Ethniki Asfalistiki, Legea, AutoUnit Ν. Poulakis, and supported by: Loux, Fargeco Hellas, Super market ΑΒ of Amaliada, PIK Kininis, Merkouri Estate, Kalomoiris, Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Ilia Olympia, Papatheodorou nuts, Lourida Insurance, Federation of Commercial Unions of Elis (OESI) and the Municipal Utility Company on Culture (DI.Κ.Ε.P.), the Laboratory Teaching Staff Association of western Achaia (S.Ε.DI.P.), the Group of volunteering Firemen and Rescuers of Vrachaneika (Ε.Ο.PΥ.D.), the Volunteer Samaritans, Rescuers and Lifeguard Corps of Amaliada and the following media sponsors: ΕRΤ, ΕRΤ 3, First Programme 91.6, ΕRΑ sport 101.8, ΕRΤ Pyrgos, the Panhellenic Sports Journalists Association (PSAT), ORT, PATRIS, The BEST, RUNNING NEWS.GR, We Love Sports, SPORTEVENT.GR, Apopseis.gr, OVI magazine, Ilia.News, Amaliada-News, Ilida Kampos News, RunNFun.gr, Hellenic Media Group, Web radio, RNF.gr, patrisnews, ΟΡΤ 92.3, Greek Teachers, AmaliadaRadio, Ilida 91.1.
ROUTE OF TRUCE 2018 (3:22)
ROUTE OF TRUCE 2018 – ALL THE VILLAGES (15′)
WHAT THE RUNNERS SAID
ROUTE OF TRUCE 2018 (FINISH)
ROUTE OF TRUCE 2018 (THE ROUTE AND ALL THE VILLAGES)