Corfu Mountain Trail
The ever-increasing popularity of mountain roads throughout Greece and abroad in recent years and in combination with the acquisition of sports and organisational experience of Corfiot runners regarding events of this kind, gradually led to the implementation of the idea for the event of a mountain road race on the island.
The geomorphological characteristics alongside the diversity of the Corfiot natural environment and the mild climate of the island during the winter months, were the preconditions for the organisation of the CORFU MOUNTAIN TRAIL as well as for the impact that is expected for the race to have on national and international level.
Corfu presents the advantage of mild temperatures with hardly any snowfall, an advantage that is favourable for the conduct of mountain trails, which attract runners from the rest of the country in the heart of winter.
The route of the CORFU MOUNTAIN TRAIL starts and ends in the coastal village of Benitses, connecting the traditional villages Benitses, Gastouri, Agioi Deka, Ano Garouna and Stavros.
Vassilis Alamanos presented the idea in October 2011 and the first organisational core was formed with Long-distance runner George Psailas who also has experience in the organisation of such events, and fellow athletes Haris Vasilakis and Dafa Kosma played an important part with the formation of the trail.
On a daily basis, groups were formed to run the routes either in whole or in part. There were many of our fellow citizens who enjoyed walking the 17km route (OLIVE TREE TRAIL).
As is the case in every event, we look forward to the development of the CORFU MOUNTAIN TRAIL with the increasing participation of athletes and in the effort to count the participation in it as a criterion for participation in other bigger and more demanding mountain roads of national or international scope.