There is still time to take part in the Cyprus Marathon event which is being held next weekend in Paphos.
Established in 1999, traditionally, local and international runners participate in the event which comprises a marathon, half-marathon and 10km race.
“Our avowed intention is that all runners will enjoy a safe and professionally organised event, and that the social aspect of athletics is fostered between all competitors and organisers,” race director, Stavros Kakourides said.
The marathon is run over a mostly flat course starting at love goddess, Aphrodite’s mythological birthplace Petra tou Romiou and drawing to a close along Paphos seafront and Paphos Castle.
The half marathon and 10km races will be out-and-back courses (routes which commence and end at the same spot).
They will start and finish at the Paphos Castle in the harbour.
Runners have until March 8 to register with late entry fees now in effect. The marathon starts at 7:30am and costs €55 to enter, the starts one later and costs €40 and the 10km Road Race also starts at 8:30am with the entry fee set at €30.
Runners must be a minimum of 18-years-old in order to take part in the Marathon which has a five-hour limit for completion. The Half Marathon has a three-hour limit with participants needing to be at least 16-years-old. The lower age limit of participants in teh 10km Road Race is 15. There is no upper age limit for runners.
In terms of safety and hospitality, there will be manned water and sponge stations also stocked with energy drinks located at every three kilometre mark.
Marshals will assist in guiding runners and the police will monitor participants and manage traffic in order to protect safety.
“The Cyprus Association of Sports Medicine will offer full medical support throughout the event.
The Cyprus Association of Sports Medicine will offer full medical support throughout the event.
“Post-race physiotherapy care/advice will also be offered for those athletes needing such treatment,” organisers said.
The organisers have recommended that runners take out their own insurance for injury cover and loss of equipment as they are not liable for such eventualities.
Runners will be transferred by complimentary buses at 6:30 on the morning of the races from Paphos Castle to Petra tou Romiou.
Following the event, there will be an awards ceremony starting at 12:30.
Trophies will be awarded to the first three runners in each of the 48 categories. All finishers will receive a commemorative medal and souvenir T-shirt.
There will also be entertainment in the form of traditional Cypriot dancing and music at the ceremony and plenty of complimentary beer, juices and water available to runners.
This year’s event has embraced social media for wider promotion.
“This year, our team is promoting the event using technology, and networking, in an effort to increase the publicity of the Cyprus Marathon.
“This will directly involve an increased professionalism and more satisfaction for all of the participants. We believe our efforts will pay off and we will see an increase in registration numbers over last year,” George Kakourides, Marketing and Business Development Manager said.
“The purpose of the event is to provide an annual race where noted runners from other nations and from here in Cyprus, unite via competition towards a common goal: that of the true athletic spirit and without barriers of race, colour or religion.”
For further information and to register for the event, go to: www.cyprusmarathon.com or call 22370 396/99436826