Welcome to the webpage of the mountain running marathon of Dirfys Evia
The mountain marathon of Dirfis is a race which comes to give an actual name and an entity to the sport of mountain running in the mountains of central Evia. Dirfys Marathon will take place for the first time in 2015, hoping to become an insitution to the races of it’s kind. The race will be held on the 19th of July 2015 where each and everyone competitor will be challenged to come and race at the “Mountain of Heras’ Temple”. It is said that in ancient times there used to be a temple to goddess Hera on the top of Dirfys, in remembrance of her wedding with Zeus.
Contestants and mountain enthousiasts will have the opportunity to compete at the 29km race, or the 13km race, giving out the best they can on the demanding trails of Dirfys. In this race, contestants will cross unique paths and trails through the aesthetic forest of Steni, in amongst beeches, chestnuts, firs and pines trees, with vast scenery changes, from green trails to bare alpine landscapes as we approach Dirfys summit. Mount Dirfys is said to have been an active volcano many years ago, and the cone shape is here to testify so, and it is not a surprise that many people call Dirfys “Small Mount Fuji”. The bold ones who will chose to run the 29km course, will have the opportunity to enjoy the Evia Gulf from above, the Aegean Sea, the islands of Skyros, Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonnisos. On a clear day you can also see all the way to the first leg of Chalkidiki, and the mountain tops of Parnitha, Penteli, Imittos, Parnassos, and mount Olympus of Evia. Those who chose to do the 13km route will cross the beautiful trails of Steni forest moving within the limit of Steni Aesthetic forest, with great and significant variations of scenery.
Continuing, and also expanding the already famous for hiking, downhill & enduro mountainbiking Steni village, we aim to really promote central Evia as a destination for outdoor activities year round, with the simultaneous promotion of this event to other countries, to attract more visitor throughout the rest of the year.