From Sea to Summit
Exploring Sfakia Sky
Sfakia Sky is a truly unique competition in Crete, standing alone in its exceptional scale across Greece and Europe. This event offers an unparalleled opportunity to traverse the mountainous, almost lunar landscape nestled within the heart of the White Mountains, locally referred to as Madara. With more than 55 peaks towering above 2,000 meters, participants can soak in the breathtaking panorama.
Embarking on this journey, you’ll venture through the remote Katsiveli plateau, situated at an elevation of 2,000 meters, and pass by traditional stone-made mitata – small houses where local breeders continue the age-old practice of crafting traditional cheese. The relentless ascent commences from sea level at Loutro Sfakion, covering 20 kilometers and boasting an impressive 2,600 meters of positive altitude. Ultimately, your endeavor culminates at the highest pinnacle of the Lefka Ori (White Mountains), Pachnes, which stands tall at 2,453 meters above sea level.
Upon summiting Pachnes, the return journey leads back to Anopoli Sfakion, offering a total distance of 44 kilometers with an elevation gain of 3,050 meters and a negative altitude of 2,480 meters. Along the way, you’ll be greeted by the unobstructed vistas of the Libyan Sea to the south and a breathtaking “sea of peaks” to the north.
Adding to the allure is the initial ferry voyage to the starting point at Loutro – a journey that underscores the isolation of this small village, which remains disconnected from the outside world.
Do you want to know more?
Read the Regulations
July 1st, 2023
The “SfakiaSkyMarathon” is a distinguished mountain marathon race set in the captivating landscapes of the southern White Mountains and the province of Sfakia within the prefecture of Chania. Spanning a course of 44.1 kilometers, this race presents a formidable elevation gain of around 3,050 meters with a corresponding 2,480 meters of descent. The race route encompasses elements of both “out-and-back” philosophy and other distinctive features.
2. TIME OF CONDUCT
Scheduled for Saturday, October 28, the race will commence at 8:00 in the morning from the picturesque coastal village of Loutro, following the athletes’ disembarkation from the ANENDYK ship. With a duration of 10 ½ hours, the race concludes at 18:00, where participants are expected to reach the finish line in the heart of Anopolis village square.
Want to be inspired by the place?
Check out our Gallery
Sfakia Sky '22
Sfakia Sky '21
Sfakia Vertical '22
Sfakia Sky '19
Sfakia Sky '21
Sfakia Sky '19
Sfakia Sky Marathon is quite demanding race. Long uphill in the beginning, some very difficult, technical paths and long downhill in the end make that the first competitor is coming to the finish line after about 5 h. Don’t worry, if you are not that fast or you are more about admiring the views, you have 10,5 h to reach the line. More than half of the participants finish in more than 8 hours.
Sfakia Sky '23
1. Dημητρης Eλευθεριου 5:22:15
2. Xρηστος Aγνουσιοτης 5:40:19
3. FOTIOS MATSIGKOS 5:40:19
1. MARIA PAPAPOSTOLOU 5:58:19
2. LILOU GUY 6:56:30
3. NIKOLETA GERARDI 7:24:16
Sfakia Vertical '23
1. THEODOROS TSOLAKIS 0:36:01
2. ANTONIOS KOSTAKIS 0:40:36
3. ELEFTERIOS VITSILAKIS 0:43:43
1. MARIA PAPAPOSTOLOU 0:44:37
2. IOANNA MAKRI 0:52:17
3. JULIA MARIA TRILLING 0:55:40
We are runners. We live in Chania, Crete and explore Lefka Ori on everyday basis.
During Sfakia Sky Marathon we are taking you to our favorite paths in this amazing place.
Join us! You will remember it for life.