The 2nd “ORESTIS” Road Race Returns to the Enchanting Town of Orestiada
Orestiada, a charming town situated in the northeastern part of the Evros region, is hosting the highly anticipated 2nd “ORESTIS” Road Race. The event is organized by the Orestiada Runners Association and the Municipality of Orestiada, promising an exciting race experience for all participants.
10,000m Race: Scheduled for November 19, 2023, the race kicks off at 11:45 a.m. from the central square of Orestiada. The 10,000m course is circular, welcoming participants of all ages, 12 and above.
3,000m Race: Also taking place on November 19, 2023, the race begins at 11:00 a.m. from the central square of Orestiada. The 3,000m route is likewise circular, offering a unique opportunity for various types of runners to participate.
Orestiada is located in the northeastern part of the Evros region, 907 kilometers from Athens and 406 kilometers from Thessaloniki. With a population of 23,000 residents, it is the second-largest city in the area after Alexandroupoli.
According to myth, Orestes, seeking refuge from the Erinyes and following the advice of the Delphic Oracle, arrived at the confluence of the three rivers in the region. There, he cleansed himself of his sins and found healing. Orestes founded a city in this place, giving it the name “Orestiada.” Over the centuries, Orestiada grew to become the heart of Thrace, serving as the capital of significant Thracian kings.
Sights in Orestiada
The central square is the social hub of Orestiada and bears the name of General Spyros Dais, who coordinated the initial efforts for its development and design. The square is adorned with the monument of Georgios Stathatos, a resistance fighter, and the imposing marble statue of Ecumenical Patriarch Cyril V, who was hanged in 1821 in Adrianople.
While in Orestiada, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Historical and Folklore Museum, which showcases the refugee history of the town with hundreds of traditional exhibits.
Join us on November 19, 2023, in Orestiada, and let’s run, discover, and celebrate this beautiful town together!