Release. Rethink. Refocus on Mental Health
Run for fun and for a good cause! Run for your physical and mental health! The SNF Nostos Run, the popular evening race from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), returns on June 22, 2023, refreshed with a new seaside route. As part of this year’s SNF Nostos, which is dedicated to mental health, the race serves as a reminder of all that staying active can do for us, from strengthening our concentration to improving our mood and boosting our creativity.
Starting and finishing at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), the run includes a 10K and 5K routes, as well as a 1K route for Special Olympics athletes. The 10K route will start at 21:20, the 5K at 20:50, and the 1K at 20:55.
Percussion groups and a band from Schoolwave will provide rhythm for the run along the route, and the race will be followed by a huge party in the SNFCC Agora and a spectacular laser show!
The run is held under the organizational supervision of Regeneration & Progress and the Department of Sports Excellence of the First Orthopaedic Clinic at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). The race is organized in collaboration with the Region of Attica, and the Municipalities of Kallithea, Moschato-Tavros, Piraeus, and Faliro, to whom we express our sincere thanks.
Running for a good cause
As usual, the SNF Nostos Run has a charitable mission. By contributing a nominal participation fee of €5 (or more, for anyone who wishes to do so), runners support the work of nonprofit organizations Ionas and Kinitiko Ergastiri, whose mission is to help people with disabilities get moving through competitive sports and therapeutic programs. The SNF Nostos Run is not competitive in nature, but official times will be kept so that runners can know how they performed.
*A few words about the Run’s nonprofit partners
The Ionas Association was founded in 2007 with the aim of improving the lives of people with disabilities and preparing them to take part in sports competitions. This is accomplished using therapeutic, water-based training called hydrotherapy. Ionas has about 150 children enrolled in its hydrotherapy program and 25 active athletes who participate both in national championships and in international organizations, such as the Paralympic and European Games.
Ionas organizes activities in swimming, track, cycling, triathlon, and goalball, which is designed for athletes with visual disabilities. The association serves not only athletes, but people of all ages, from 6-month-old infants to older adults. Particular attention is given to preschool children with disabilities, mobility impairments, and neurological conditions, for whom therapeutic hydrotherapy can help build strength from the first years of their lives. Ionas athletes actively demonstrate that we are all equal and different at the same time, while overcoming obstacles and difficulties.
Contributions from SNF Nostos Run participants will be used to purchase specialized bicycles and handcycles for the athletes of the Association.
Kinitiko Ergastiri is a nonprofit adaptive sports and exercise association based in Ilioupolis, Attica. It was founded in 2012 through a collaboration between a group of researchers specializing in the field of adaptive mobility education and socially active members of the public. The association is designed for people with disabilities and their families, aiming to foster social integration through sports and recreational programs.
Through sports, the association works to help eliminate stereotypes related to disability. It provides specially designed physical education classes to improve the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of young people and children with disabilities. It also creates recreational programs for children with disabilities and their families, including group games and sports, musical and kinetic activities, nature outings, and visits to cultural sites. It is a member of the National Sports Federation of People with Disabilities (EAOM-PWD) and participates in the national championships.
Contributions from SNF Nostos Run participants will help support the Sports & Diversity social inclusion program, in which children and young people with and without disabilities participate in joint sports activities, as well as the procurement of sporting equipment.
SNF Nostos Run is a part of SNF Nostos, which focuses this year on mental health.
SNF Nostos by Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF)
Release. Rethink. Refocus on Mental Health
June 20 – 23, 2023
At the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
SNF Dialogues: June 21
SNF Nostos Run: June 22
SNF Nostos Conference: June 22 & 23
Release Athens X SNF Nostos: June 20, 21 & 23
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Contributions to each of this year’s partner nonprofits will be made online (via debit or credit card) through Regeneration & Progress, a nonprofit which supervises the organization of the race. The full amount collected will be given as grants to the nonprofit organizations participating, with Ionas and Kinitiko Ergastiri each receiving half of the total raised.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is a philanthropic organization that operates exclusively by making grants to nonprofit organizations. SNF does not solicit or accept donations from individuals, corporations, or other types of organizations.
The SNF Nostos Run is implemented through an exclusive grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), which covers the full cost of the race. The run is held under the organizational supervision of Regeneration & Progress and the Department of Sports Excellence of the First Orthopaedic Clinic at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). The event is implemented in collaboration with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), with the assistance of the Hellenic National Center of Emergency Care (EKAV), the Athens Urban Transport Organization, and the Urban Rail Transport and under the auspices of the Hellenic Police.
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