OFF-ROAD COASTAL MARATHON,
HALF-MARATHON, 5 KILOMETRES
WHEN: July 11, 2021
VENUE: All races will start and finish at Enalia restaurant in the Journalists’ Village holiday complex, Pervolia https://www.facebook.com/enalia1993/
START TIMES: 5am for the marathon, 7am for the half-marathon, 7.30am for the 5k.
Due to limitations that may be in place at the time, we may be obliged to restrict the overall number of runners attending this event.
To make sure of your place at the start line, please enter here:
Summer is here, temperatures are rising and restrictions are easing - so it must be time for the hottest marathon of the year - the only off-road coastal marathon in Cyprus, to be run from Pervolia to Alaminos and back on sea-side coastal tracks.
Beat the heat!
It will be hot, but there will be cold water, Coke, juices and watermelon at refreshment stations along the way, and a cooling dip in the sea at the end. Half-marathon and 5km options. To beat the heat the marathon will start at 5am, the 21km at 7am and the 5km at 8am.
Due to the uncertainties associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, however, we will NOT be ordering finishers' awards/medals, although there will be prizes for the leading runners.
For the same reason, we are keeping entry fees to a minimum and will only take payment on race day.
As a reward for braving the heat, all finishers will receive a voucher for a free drink from the restaurant (cold beer, tea, coffee, soda, or bottle of water).
There will also be a number of spot prizes which all runners stand a chance of winning.
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 :)
Entry fees (to be paid at registration on race day):
Marathon: 20 euros
Half-marathon: 10 euros
5km: 5 euros
Registration for all races will take place at Enalia Restaurant in Pervolia. See map on their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/enalia1993/
Registration times are as follows:
Saturday, July 10th
All races -- 6pm to 8pm
Marathon -- from 4am (race starts at 5am)
Half-marathon -- from 6am (race starts at 7am)
5k race -- from 7.00am (race starts at 8 am)
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 surfing beaches to Caretta Beach Bar, where runners doing the half marathon will turn around and head back to the finish at the Enalia Restaurant..
Those doing the marathon will continue after Caretta along the coastal tracks, past Mazotos Beach, above the cliffs near Alaminos, and down to the harbour, where there will be a checkpoint/aid station.
Runners then proceed 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 a box with tokens that each runner need to collect before turning around and following the same route back to the Enalia restaurant.
The 5k race will be an out-and-back race along the coast.
Aid stations offering water, Coke, fruit juice, watermelon, and oranges 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.
A water point will also be set up 3km from the end to give marathon and half-marathon runners a boost to help them to the finish line.
There will be NO aid station for the 5k runners but a free drink will be provided at the finish.
Note that for environmental reasons, no cups are provided at checkpoints. Runners must carry their own fold-up cups or use their water bottles for drinks at checkpoints.
For the 21k race, there will be checkpoints at the 5k and 13k marks, and for the marathon runners at the 5k, 13k, 23k, and 33k marks.
Runners who miss the checkpoints will either be disqualified or given a time penalty, depending on the circumstances.
There will be very minimal markings for this race, which follows an out and back route. We will NOT be putting up plastic ribbons (which could blow into the sea) but will use biodegradable paint markings on the road where you need to take a turn off. No paint marking means just keep on straight ahead.
We will also send out GPX and KML files of the route before race day.
Winners of the three races (female and male) will each receive prizes.
Finishers of all races will receive a voucher that entitles them to a free drink from the restaurant (small beer, tea, coffee, soda, or water).
There will be a number of spot prizes which all runners stand a chance of winning.
Keep Your Cool with Ice Power and Star Balm
When the heat is on, you gotta keep your cool. And, thanks to Ice Power Cyprus and Marathon Trading, runners taking part in the Midsummer Madness Off-Road Coastal Marathon and half-marathon and 5km on July 11 can at least keep their muscles cool and supple.
All runners taking part in any of the three races will receive an attractive goody bag containing samples of these products.
In addition, the gels and sprays will be placed at the various aid stations and at the finish line -- ready to give fast relief to leg-weary runners.
The products are used by athletes world-over to reduce muscle soreness and other aches and pains linked to physical exercise and exertion.
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 6 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 owners Kyriakos and Fotini, and the beauty of the restaurant, which offers tables in the garden and in the cool shade of the trees.
See it here: