The 2017 Limassol Marathon GSO has been launched and the eleventh edition of this immensely popular event takes place in Cyprus on Sunday, 19 March. Organisers are confident that more than 13,000 runners will enter the marathon or one of the supporting events in this idyllic location beside the Mediterranean Sea. The race was voted Best International Marathon in Europe in 2015.
The race is renowned for being flat and fast, covering long stretches of straight, traffic-free coastal road. This makes it ideal for first time marathon runners as well as elite athletes and those looking to improve their personal best.
The course starts on the normally peaceful, palm tree-lined promenade of Molos in Limassol (see picture) to the newly constructed port, past the old harbour and on to the ancient ruins of the Royal City of Amathus, dating from 1100 BC.
Reaching a maximum altitude of 18 metres it is one of the flattest marathons in the world and provides runners with magnificent views and a refreshing sea breeze. Add pleasant spring temperatures of 10-17°C and low rainfall in March, Cyprus really is an ideal location to run a great race.
The Limassol Marathon also offers a half marathon; a 10K Energy Race; 5K City Race and 1K Kids Race. Together, these events will provide a complete sporting experience for all ages and abilities. The 2016 marathon winners were Polish athletes Tomasz Klisz (2:41:47) and Sylwia Bondara (3:12:40).
Regular Cyprus race competitor and runABC correspondent, Alan Newman, said: “I have no hesitation in recommending Limassol Marathon GSO, whether for a first marathon or your 100th. Flights are inexpensive and there is plenty of good quality accommodation available, plus a smile and a warm welcome from locals. Entry fees are reasonable and discounted by 40% until 30 November 2016 at 36 euros. Enter, run and relax with a Keo beer afterwards – you won’t regret it”.
Full details at the race website