To inspire everyone who loves walking and raising funds for TEN, we’ve set an ambitious challenge for 2021. Our plan is to encourage supporters to virtually walk, jog or cycle along the Via Egnatia— the ancient, Roman road constructed by Gnaeus Egnatius, the Roman proconsul of Macedonia in the 2nd century BC. Gnaeus, (pictured above) will be on hand throughout the challenge to spur you on and keep you on the straight and narrow! The 300-mile route starts from the port of Durrës, Albania, winds through North Macedonia and on to the port of Thessaloniki in Greece.
The whole Via Egnatia walk is divided into 10 stages covering 300 miles (equivalent to 600,000 steps!) along several stretches of the original paved highway. As one of the first Roman roads built outside of Italy, the Via Egnatia became the coast to coast route that linked the Adriatic with the Aegean and thereby avoiding the hazards of mountainous terrain and the alternative; a long, uncertain and perilous sea journey.