Race day: April 2, 2022. Entries are now closed!
Akamas Blossom Trail Running Festival
60km, 38km, 24km and 5km race options
The Akamas Blossom Trail Running Festival will be held on April 2, 2022 in the beautiful Akamas Pensinsula, west Cyprus.
Numbers are limited to 50 per race. Entries open on February 1, 2022 and close on March 13, 2022, or when races are full.
The races will all start and finish at the Aphrodite Beach Hotel in Latchi.
The 60km ultra is a tour of this beautiful protected area, taking runners to the most remote parts of the Akamas, including Fontana Amorozo, Cape Anaroutis (the western tip of Cyprus) and the lonely lighthouse on the hill. It takes in both coasts, north and south, of the Peninsula.
Runners wanting something shorter can opt for the Akamas Blossom 38km, which covers the first section of the 60km route, or the 24km race, which is also the final section of the 60km course.
There will also be a 5km fundraising
Fun Run, with all proceeds going to
BirdLife Cyprus to help them with
the excellent work they do all over
the island, including the Akamas,
to protect the birds of Cyprus and
their habitats. No medals (so that we can donate to BirdLife Cyprus), but there will be prizes for the winners, and all finishers will get a certificate plus a pin featuring the endangered Griffon Vulture. Cost is 5 euros to be paid on the day. Details and online entries here: https://www.cyprustrailrunners.com/enter-here
Entries will also be taken on the day.
Start time: 9.15am
For smaller children, there will be a fun dash of about 1km.
To summarise -- runners will now have the choice of the following races on April 2, 2022:
*Akamas Blossom 60km (+1600m)
3 ITRA points/UTMB 50km World Series Qualifier
Entry fee: 65 euros
*Akamas Blossom 38km (+970m)
2 ITRA points/UTMB 20km World Series Qualifier
Entry fee: 40 euros
*Akamas Blossom 24km (+820m)
1 ITRA point/UTMB 20km World Series Qualifier
Entry fee:30 euros
*Akamas Blossom 5km Fundraising Fun Run
Entry fee: 5 euros
The 60km race starts at 6.00am with an
11-hour cut-off. There are 5 aid stations/checkpoints along the way (20km, 29km, 36km, 45km, 54km). The first 36km follows the 38km race course. From the 36km checkpoint, runners join the 24km course.
The 38km race starts at 7.00am. Runners follow the same route as the ultra runners until they split off down the hill at the 36km mark to the finish. There will be two aid stations/checkpoints--at about 20km and at about 29km. The cut-off for ITRA/UTMB is 7 hours. However, anyone finishing after that time will still be regarded as a finisher and will receive a finisher's award.
Note that due to the remoteness of the terrain, those doing the 38k loop (the 60k and 38k runners) will need to carry sufficient water/fuel for the first 20km.
The 24km race starts at 9am. It has two aid stations -- at about 10km and at about 18km. The cut-off for ITRA/UTMB is 4h30, but anyone finishing after this time will still be regarded as a finisher and will receive a finisher's award.
For all three races, prizes are awarded to the top three overall finishers as well as to the top three women finishers. All finishers receive an attractive finisher’s medal.
Full refund for withdrawals until March 13.
Race cancellation: Full refunds or entry transfer to the next event.
New travel restrictions beyond the runner's control: Full refund or entry transfer to the next event.
No refunds for withdrawals after March 13. Bib transfers allowed with the approval of the organisers.
The finisher's medal
Registration /bib collection
This was the 2019/2020 medal, which featured one of the beautiful flowers of the Akamas, the gladiolus triphyllus. The 2022 medal will celebrate another of the flowers which can be seen in the Akamas - the bee orchid (Ophrys kotschyi)
Friday 1, April 2022
Collection of bibs for all races from 4pm to 9pm at the Aphrodite Beach Hotel.
Bib collection for 60km runners only will be available at Aphrodite Beach Hotel from 5.00am until 5.30 am.
Bib collection for 38km runners will be available at Aphrodite Beach Hotel from 6.00am until 6.30 am
Bib collection for 24km runners will be available at Aphrodite Beach Hotel from 7.00am until 8.30am.
IT'S ALL HAPPENING AT APHRODITE BEACH HOTEL!
Gregoria Efthyvoulou, the genial manager of the Cyprus Aphrodite Beach Hotel, leapt at our idea of starting and finishing all the Akamas Blossom Trail Running Festival races at her hotel -- for which we thank her.
The hotel is set in exquisite beachside surroundings and will also be the venue for bib collection, registration, and the various race briefings.
The new wing of the hotel has been completed so there is plenty of accommodation available.
The family-run hotel, which is renowned for its friendly and homely atmosphere, offers an array of delicious meals, including for vegetarians and vegans.
More information about the hotel and pictures, as well as bookings, here:
See pictures of previous Akamas Blossom Trail Running Festival races here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Cyprus-Trail-Runners-177277931611/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10155762433056612
And here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Cyprus-Trail-Runners-177277931611/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10155751013191612
And here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Cyprus-Trail-Runners-177277931611/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10155752109456612