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Santorini hosts running contest

- by Jeremy Guest

Santorini hosts running contest.

The holiday island of Santorini is playing host to some of the world's best free running athletes. They are competing in the Red Bull Art of Motion Parkour competition on the popular Cycladic island. Organisers say the white cube houses that spill down the side of the Santorini island caldera provide a perfect location for the growing sport.

Some of the world's top Parkour athletes from France, Sweden, the United States, the Netherlands, Russia and Greece will be on the island this week compete on the rooftops of Firostefani village.

Santorini was selected in 2011 as the top destination for the freerunning competition.

Firastefani is found on the road north from the island capital of Fira and almost the same village now given the level of dev elopement on this popular holiday island.

The name Firastefani means 'crown of Fira' and the village claims to have the best sunset views, although to be fair most villages along the rim of the caldera make the same claim.

Firastefani is now mostly made up of holiday hotels, pools, villas and apartments with a few restaurants and cafes perched precariously along the cliff top.

The location of this year's event is the rooftops of Dana Villas and the Sunrock Hotel. Competitors will race over the rooftops without any mechanical aids.

Competing this year are eight finalists from the 2012 event, six world qualifiers, three Greek qualifiers and one wildcard qualifier.

For more information on the event visit the Red Bull site here.