The organisation of sporting activities at popular Greek destinations has helped to extend the tourism season and brought additional revenues to sector professionals.Among the big events in the coming weeks are the Navarino Challenge marathon this weekend, September 19-21, and the Spetses mini-marathon on October 10-12.Greek American runner Dean Karnazes will again be participating in the Navarino Challenge, raising awareness about childhood obesity and highlighting the benefits of the Mediterranean diet and sports. The event includes a 15 kilometre run at Kalamata, and a half-marathon of 21.1 km and the 1 km and 5 km races at Costa Navarino in the southwestern Peloponnese.Spetses will be hosting its mini-marathon for the fourth year in a row. At a press conference this week in Athens, the head of the organising committee, Marina Lyda Koutarelli, said athletes and visitors will exceed 10,000 this year, of whom some 20 per cent will be foreigners from 17 countries. Local hotels are already reporting a 100 per cent occupancy rate. The weekend will include three races, of 5 km, 10 km and a 25 km run around the island, off the eastern Peloponnesian coast. It will also have two children’s races, of 1 km and 500 metres, as well as two swimming races, of 3 and 5 km.Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
MOSCOW — An 18-year student strode into his vocational school in Crimea, a hoodie covering his blond hair, then pulled out a shotgun and opened fire on Wednesday, killing 19 students and wounding more than 50 others before killing himself.It wasn’t clear what prompted Vladislav Roslyakov, described as a shy loner, to go on the rampage. A security camera image carried by Russian media showed him calmly walking down the stairs of the school in the Black Sea city of Kerch, the shotgun in his gloved hand.“He was walking around and shooting students and teachers in cold blood,” said Sergei Aksyonov, the regional leader in Crimea.Officials said the fourth-year student killed himself in the library of the Kerch Polytechnic College after the attack. His mother, a nurse, was helping to treat victims at a local hospital after the shootings, unaware yet that her son was accused of the rampage and was already dead.Such school shootings are rare, and Wednesday’s attack was by far the worst by a disgruntled student in Russia, which annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. The bloodbath raised questions about school security in the country; the Kerch Polytechnic College had only a front desk with no security guards.By the end of the day, Crimean authorities said the death toll stood at 19, apparently not including the shooter. Fifty-three people were wounded, including 12 in serious condition.