NEXT EVENT - JUNE 21, 2020
OFF-ROAD COASTAL MARATHON,
HALF-MARATHON, 5 KILOMETRES
WHEN: June 30, 2019
VENUE: All races will start and finish at Enalia restaurant in the Journalists’ Village holiday complex, Pervolia https://www.facebook.com/enalia1993/
START TIMES: 6am for the marathon, 7am for the half-marathon, 8am for the 5k, 9am for fun run.
Registration for all races will take place at Enalia Restaurant in Pervolia from early Sunday, June 30. See map on their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/enalia1993/
Registration times are as follows:
Marathon -- from 5am (race starts at 6am)
Half-marathon -- from 6am (race starts at 7am)
5k race -- from 7am (race starts at 8am)
1k fun run from 8am (fun run starts at 9am)
Note that we WILL be taking entries for the 5k race on Sunday but we will NOT be taking entries on the day for the marathon and half-marathon races, which were by pre-entry only. Entry fee for the 5k race is 5 euros
To celebrate mid-summer in Cyprus, we are launching the island’s first-ever off-road coastal marathon on Sunday, June 30, with half marathon and 5km options for those who prefer shorter distances.
To help runners keep their cool on what could be a warm day, aid stations will be stocked with plenty of water to drink or to splash over the face and body, as well as with Coke, juices and fresh fruit, including watermelons.
With the sea just metres away for most of the race, runners are welcome to plunge in at any time for a quick, cooling dip.
This is a no-frills, back-to-basics race, with the emphasis being on celebrating mid-summer with a festive run along one of the least-developed, most runnable stretches of coast in Cyprus.
Please note that these races do NOT involve running on soft beach sand. The route is mostly along jeep tracks, with short stretches of tarmac and hard sand.
Also note that there is no cut-off time for any of the races, although those arriving at the finish line after sunset may find the organisers have left :)
DISCOUNT FOR WOMEN RUNNERS
To encourage more women to enter longer trail races in Cyprus, we have decided to offer all females entering the marathon or half-marathon a 25 percent discount on the entry fee.
The longer races skirt Pervolia village and then follow tracks that run next to the sea on the one side and farmlands on the other, past the kite surfng beaches to Caretta Beach Bar, where runners doing the half marathon will turn around and head back to the finish at the Journalists’ Village.
Those doing the marathon will continue after Caretta along the coastal tracks, past Mazotos Beach, above the cliffs near Alaminos, past the harbour, past Aldiana Club and on and on to the point where the beach ends and, due to a huge rock blocking the way it is impossible to proceed. Here there will be an aid station and checkpoint.Runners turn around at this point and follow the same route back to the Journalists’ Village.
The 5k race will be an out-and-back race along the coast.
There will also be a 1km family fun run along an adventurous course.
Aid stations offering water, Coke, fruit juice, watermelon and electrolytes will be situated at the 5k and 13k points for the half-marathoners and at the 5k, 13k, 23k and 33k points for the marathoners.
DIY water-only points will also be set up at the 18k and 28k points for the marathon runners.
There will be NO aid station for the 5k runners but refreshments will be provided at the finish.
There will be a checkpoint for all runners at the 2.5k mark.
For the 21k race, there will also be checkpoints at the 5k and 13k marks, and for the marathon runners at the 5k, 13k and 28k marks.
Runners who miss the checkpoints will either be disqualified or given a time penalty, depending on the circumstances.
Finishers of the marathon and 21k races will receive medals while winners of all three races will receive prizes.
Although we had decided not to have a prize-giving, we have changed our mind -- there will now be a prize-giving starting at 11am
There will be a number of lucky draw prizes which all runners who stay for the prize-giving have a chance of winning.
The Enalia restaurant
Situated at the heart of the Journalists’ Village above Faros Beach, the Enalia restaurant offers all-day full English breakfasts for just 5 euros a head, with vegan and vegetarian options.
The restaurant also sells a variety of other foods and drinks, including beer.
We encourage runners to stay after the race and enjoy the food and hospitality of this beautiful restaurant, which offers tables in the garden and in the cool shade of the trees.
See it here: