Event grows to create a weekend celebration of running in Cyprus

Organisers have announced that the Limassol Marathon GSO will become a two-day event from next year. The 2017 event will now take place on Saturday March 18 and Sunday March 19 to allow for a weekend celebration of running.

The decision to turn Limassol Marathon GSO into a two-day event comes as it enters its 11th year and looks forward to welcoming 13,000 participants to Cyprus next spring. Having enjoyed increased popularity over recent years, with athletes coming from all over the world, the organisers agree that dedicating separate days to the major races will allow participants and spectators to enjoy each race to the full over an action-packed weekend.

The Limassol Marathon GSO weekend will officially start with the Primetel 5K Corporate Race setting off at 9am on the Saturday before the 1K Kids Race at 11am. The Primetel 5K Corporate Race was the most popular race at the 2016 event, offering businesses a unique team building opportunity as well as a great chance to encourage fitness in the work place. For 2017 the Corporate Race will enjoy a new coastal route along Limassol’s stunning seafront.

Sunday will then play host to the AIMS-accredited Limassol Marathon GSO, the Half Marathon, the Petrolina 10K Energy Race and the 5K City Race, all of which set off at 7am.

The 26.2-mile Limassol Marathon GSO is renowned for its flat, fast and straight course stretching 21km along the Mediterranean, making it an ideal race for first time marathoners as well for elite athletes looking for a PB or qualifying time. Generous cash prizes are an added incentive for serious athletes, with extra bonuses for those who succeed in breaking the course records.

Entries for the Primetel 5K Corporate Race are now open, and the registration fee is €300 per team with a minimum of four and an unlimited maximum number of runners. Those who register for the Primetel 5K Corporate Race on the Saturday have the opportunity to run the individual 5K City Race on the Sunday for a reduced fee of €10, which will be given directly to charity.

Limassol Marathon GSO race director Andreas Spyrou commented: “We are delighted to announce that Limassol Marathon GSO will become a two-day event with effect from 2017. It is a reflection of our growing popularity as one of Europe’s most exciting sporting events, and ties in with our #weadvance campaign where we are constantly looking to improve all aspects of Limassol Marathon GSO.

“We are very much looking forward to celebrating our races over two days instead of one, and to enabling competitors and supporters to enjoy each event fully. It is set to be a real celebration of running over a whole weekend, and one which we hope will inspire people of all ages and abilities to take part.

“We are now accepting registrations and would encourage runners to take advantage of our early bird rate which is offering a 20% discount across most races until the end of December.”

Limassol Marathon GSO has put in place a range of exclusive packages to welcome international visitors to the island. Offering a 50% discount on race registration as well as the lowest rates on accommodation and race day support, these tailored packages are designed to allow athletes and their families or colleagues to enjoy a hassle-free weekend away.

See www.limassolmarathon.com for further race details and to register now.

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