Two-day event in Cyprus will see around 500 British runners among those in action

Around 15,000 runners from 66 countries are set to gather in Cyprus for the 12th edition of the OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO weekend on March 17-18.

Now a two-day celebration of running in one of Europe’s most beautiful race locations, the event includes six races and a range of activities and entertainment.

The AIMS-accredited 26.2-mile event, which incorporates the Pancyprian and Balkan Marathon Championships, takes place on Sunday (March 18) on a course which has been upgraded for 2018. The flat and straight route takes runners along the Mediterranean coast, with the race records of 2:13:29 and 2:38:56 having been run by Kenya’s Moses Kibet and Russia’s Natalia Sergeeva in 2010.

Runners will travel west from Molos Park past the marina and port before turning around to run along the spectacular coastal road of greater Limassol. The route then continues east as far as the Ancient City of Amathus, taking in a corridor of ancient ruins and beautiful Mediterranean scenery, before returning westwards for the final stretch.

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The Limassol Half Marathon enjoys the same flat coastal route and breathtaking views out across the sparkling sea.

Around 500 British runners are set to be among those taking on events including the full marathon, half-marathon, Petrolina 10K Energy Race and 5K City Race.

For the first time this year, the marathon and half-marathon races will feature an international team of pacers to help runners achieve their target times.

The weekend will again feature the Petrolina Energy Day from 9am-12pm on the Saturday. Taking place at Limassol Marathon Village in Old Port Square, this is a chance for athletes and their friends and families to watch live acts, participate in fitness classes and learn more about Cyprus’ largest sporting event.

The new #RunLimassol app enables competitors to keep up-to-date with all the information they need, while friends and family can keep track of race progress with the Live Tracking feature.

For those looking for a last-minute trip, race packages are still on offer, with flights available from the UK to Paphos and Larnaca.

“We are looking forward to welcoming athletes from all over the world to the 2018 OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO,” said race director Andreas Spyrou. “It is a huge honour that so many come to Limassol to run and enjoy the friendly and celebratory atmosphere.

“Many of our international visitors will be spending a few days or more on the island to make the most of the climate, beaches, history, food and culture – all of which offer the perfect chance to relax and socialise post-race. Limited places and race packages are still available for anyone wishing to run with a smile at the brightest marathon in the world!”

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