Organisers of the 2017 OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO have announced that the event will become a two-day event from next year onwards. The 2017 event will now take place on Saturday 18th March and Sunday 19th March, to allow for a weekend celebration of running.
The decision to turn the OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO into a two-day event comes as it enters its 11th year and looks forward to welcoming over 13,000 participants to Cyprus next spring. Having enjoyed increased popularity over recent years, with athletes coming from all over the world to #RunLimassol, 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 OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO weekend will officially start on Saturday 18th March, with the Primetel 5K Corporate Race setting off at 9am and the 1K Youth 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 19th March will then play host to the AIMS-accredited OPAP 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 OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO is renowned for its flat, fast and straight course stretching 21km along the beautiful Mediterranean, making it an ideal race for first time marathoners as well for elite athletes looking for a PB or qualifying time. The attractive course, combined with Cyprus’ pleasant climate, spectacular coastal scenery and plentiful history and culture, make Limassol a highly desirable destination for a spring race. 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 team registration fee costs 300 euros 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 euros, which will be given directly to charity.
The choice of race distances makes OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO unique in comparison to other international running events and attractive to runners of all ages and abilities. Together the races offer a complete sporting experience which is very much embraced by the thousands of participants and spectators who come to the start line to cheer the contestants on. Overseas visitors can expect a friendly atmosphere and a warm welcome from the locals who love this weekend of sporting greatness.
OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO Race Director Andreas Spyrou commented: “We are delighted to announce that OPAP 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 OPAP 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.”
OPAP 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 an ideal way for athletes and their families or colleagues to enjoy a hassle-free weekend away.
Entry for all races is open and runners signing up for an individual race place for the Limassol Marathon GSO, Half Marathon, Petrolina 10K Energy Race or the 5K City Race before 31st December benefit from a 20% early bird discount.
Go to http://www.limassolmarathon.com/ for further race details and to register now.