Greek Hero XTRI 2023 – An XTRI World Tour Race
Greek Hero is an extreme triathlon for athletes who want to exceed their limits. The weather in October on Corfu can be quite unpredictable and the unique topography of the island makes the race extremely challenging. Temperatures may range from 0 to 32 degrees Celsius on race day.
Greek Hero XTRI was created in homage to Odysseus, the legendary Greek King and Hero of the Trojan War. After conquering Troy and enduring 10 years of struggle in the sea to return to his home, Odysseus was cast ashore at Mon Repo. There he was found by Nafsika, the King’s beautiful daughter. She took good care of him but one day she suddenly disappeared! Frantically trying to find her Odysseus swam quickly through the waves of the Ionian Sea to the secret gate of the Old Fortress. There he found a horse in the stables and rode furiously around the entire island, but he could not locate his love. Soon he met Artemis, the Goddess of Hunting and Wilderness, who advised him to leave his horse continue North through the beaches and olive woods until he finds The Angel’s Castle, atop the highest peak.
After many hours of running, he arrived to the Castle where he finally found Nafsika and saved her from her kidnappers. Are you as fit and brave and versatile as Odysseus?
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The race begins from the Queen’s jetty in Mon Repo, next to the church where Prince Philip of Edinburgh was born – the husband of Queen Elisabeth II. of England. The water temperature at this time of the year is between 18 degrees Celsius. The swimming route is quiet challenging even though it follows the coastline. Reaching the Gulf of Garitsa and passing the outer part of the Old Fortress, the sea has many streams, and the constant waving makes the swim quite difficult and needs attention. The athletes are compensated by the beauty of the Fortress and the Old Town. Coming out of the water, the athletes enter and pass through arcades entering the Old Fortress where they find their bikes at T1 and then cross the bridge over the moat heading to Corfu town.

Swimming route

On the bike leg the temperature ranges from 10 to 32 degrees Celsius. The route follows the island’s almost entire coastline with amazing views, including Durrels’s famous house, Paleokastritsa, Sidari Canal’d Amour,  it is also very technical since it enters traditional small villages on narrow streets and challenges the athletes with constant ups and downs. The most demanding part is at 90 km Prinillas village with an ascent up to 8 %. The  race does not move at high altitudes but the continuous ups and downs give a total altitude of 2400m at 176km.

Cycling route

T2 is located in the village of Kastellanoi Mesis, from where the 40km long run with 1500m ascent begins. Athletes will be fascinated by the beautiful beaches of Kontogialo, Glyfada and Ai Giorgi with their unique views, but the route has great difficulty due to the peculiarity of the terrain. The athletes have to run either on sandy beaches or jump from rock to rock, then climb steep hills of up to 15% and run downhill on slopes up to 32% until they reach the picturesque village of Giannades at 22 km through huge olive trees. Here is T2A, where they continue to run together with their supporter, climbing the last 18 km together up to the famous Angelcastle (Angelokastro).

Running route

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