About Cretan Wild
Welcome to Cretan Wild, your ultimate guide to running in Crete! Experience the breathtaking beauty of this unique island as you hit the Cretan trails.
At Cretan Wild, we aim to share the beauty of Crete with runners from all over the world. Crete is a unique place, full of history, energy, and natural beauty. We believe that running is one of the most simple and accessible ways to experience this magic. Through adventure running, we offer runners of all levels the opportunity to explore the island’s stunning terrain and diverse landscapes, from the mountains to the coastline.
We are passionate about promoting physical and mental wellbeing through running, and we believe that there is something truly special about being out in nature and moving our bodies. We offer tailor-made packages to suit the needs and preferences of individual runners, and our experienced guides are knowledgeable about the island’s terrain, culture, and history.
Our mission is to provide a safe, fun, and unforgettable experience for our clients. We want to share our love for running and our appreciation for the beauty of Crete with runners from all over the world, and to inspire them to embrace the freedom, creativity, and sense of peace that comes from being out in nature.
If you’re a running enthusiast who wants to find the best running trails and routes while visiting Crete, we’ve got you covered. We can also help organize hiking and biking tours.
Founder, Helen Galerakis
Helen is Cretan British and discovered her passion for running and the outdoors after quitting the corporate world of 20 years and embarking on a journey of self discovery. She has numerous podium success in distances up to 100 miles and has set 3 world records, her biggest achievement setting the women’s record for the fastest known time to run the 800 miles (equivalent to 2 marathons per day for 17 days consecutively) across the state of Arizona which required the mental fortitude to keep on moving hour after hour, day after day for 17 days on very little sleep across very technical and treacherous terrain.
“Running has taught me so many things in my life and I continue to learn from it. It is my meditation, it feeds my soul and shines a light through everything I do which is why you will see me constantly with a smile on my face! I constantly strive to push myself outside of my comfort zone to see what I am capable of and look to inspire others throughout my journey and build communities at every opportunity.”
“Crete has always held a special place in my heart and in all of the years that I have been coming here there is still so much I am exploring and discovering every day and that is why I created Cretan Wild to be able to share my 2 greatest passions of running in Crete.”