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Endurun community is a source of inspiration, motivation and personal growth and we are blessed to be part of this crazy adventure!

One smiley twin is not enough. Thanks Savvas Farassoglou for returning for #5, and dragging your brother with you!

How is your training going? In the past two years, I have started doing ultra-marathons and as I get into longer trail races (>50km), my speed has slowed but endurance has gone up 🙂

How will your ENDURrun 2019 compare to previous years? It will be slower than other years, but hopefully faster than 2015 as it was very hot humid summer! Hoping to bring between 14 and 15 hours!

What are the key pieces of advice to Rookies that you’ve learned over the years? Enjoy the experience of challenging yourself, but also get the change to forge long lasting friendships that will follow up everywhere!

For someone who has never been to ENDURrun week, what should they expect? A community of dedicated, supportive and amazing runners that are supported by amazing group of volunteers and the amazing work and passion shown by Lloyd Schmidt, Julie Schmidt, and their Family.

What about ENDURrun keeps you coming back?
The amazing atmosphere and reconnect with my running friends once a year and celebrate other’s personal goals and achievements!

What are your ENDURrun 2019 stories? Endurrun 2019 will be special as my twin brother (Costas) finally decided to compete after his older brother (me) was nagging him for years. The last Endurrun we competed together was 2009, so its a 10 year reunion.

What can we follow-up with you about for a profile part 2? My state of health and madness after completing my 5th Endurrun 🙂

What are you most looking forward to about ENDURrun 2019? To reunite with friends and volunteers that i have come to known for the past 10 years.

What are you nervous about, if anything? I am nervous about Stage 6 on track as i haven’t run on a track surface in over 20 years!

Can you share any details of your training? My 2019 training has been based on ultra-marathons, especially trail running, so i am often doing long trail runs without any pacing in mind.

What is your runner profile? I started running in 2004 and did mostly half and full marathons. I have completed 31 full marathons. The last two years, i am challenging myself with longer distances, and have completed four 50km trail races. In September 2019, i am going for my first 50 miles (80km) and eventually do 100km race next year.