Patras Port Authority SA supports as strategic partner the 1st Patras International Half Marathon. The athletes are running alongside the seafront of the city, where the facilities of the port are located, being the main Western Gate of the country, commuting passengers and commodities. The Port of Patras dominates the Western Port System of Greece and has always had specific characteristics:
It serves passenger and commercial services in Southern and Central Greece. Its contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of the region and the country over time was and remains significant.
It belongs to Ports of International Interest (Category K1). It is a member of the Trans-European Transport Network and the central network as categorized for the period 2014-2050.
The strategy of Patras Port Organization focuses a) on maintaining and strengthening the leadership position among the ports of Western Greece as the most important Western Gateway of the country,
b) on its dynamic strategies to attract the interest the tourist market by emerging as a tourist port (Mega Yachts, cruise) and c) to expand into new markets (e.g. containers, etc.).
In this context, actions taken are the following:
a) to strengthen an extrovert plan of cooperation between the ports of the Adriatic sea in matters of the port industry
b) to develop new business activities aiming at the upgrading of the competitiveness of the port and its contribution to integrated multimodal maritime transport and
c) to develop initiatives and its active participation in the port industry sector in the new Macro – Adriatic – Ionian Region of the EU.
The support the Port Organization a key player in the development and prosperity of the region to the event of the Patras International Half Marathon, further broadens the vision of establishing and international athletic institution that will attract athletes and spectators from all over Greece and abroad as s “premier legue” running event.