The 6th WAVE running event took place on July 27th, 2019 from Keramoti to Avdera city, GREECE. The UNESCO Chair Con-E-Ect and the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) were some of the sponsors of the event. Four graduate students from the MSc program Man & Water that is under the auspices of the UNESCO Chair Con-E-Ect, Anastasia Savvopoulou, Valantis Kiosses, Ilias Germatzidis and Georgios Gkiatas were there as volunteers to help accomplish the three main goals of the race which are: a) promote the natural and cultural wealth of the region, b) enhance environmental awareness and c) strengthening sport tourism and ecotourism. Τhe main motto of the race was: Run for clean beaches. This is a serious problem in Greek beaches that have thousand of tourists every summer along its sea coast.
The WAVE running contest consists of three races: 5km, 10km and 28km, which are conducted on the sand, along the coast, giving the athletes the opportunity to race while enjoying the sea breeze of the Thracian Sea! It is considered a special event, on a European level, due to the exceptional natural surrounding where it is conducted. The 28 km sandy beach, the waves, the riverside (riparian) forest as well as the estuary of Nestos River are unique and aesthetically pleasing ecosystems that are protected by International Treaties (Ramsar Convention and Natura 2000). For more information about the race you can visit the following link http://www.waverunning.gr/index.php?language=en