Limassol Marathon

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Limassol Marathon
Limassol marathon logo.png
Dateusually in March
LocationLimassol, Cyprus
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon
Primary sponsorOPAP
Established2006
Course recordsMen's: 2:13:29 (2010)
Kenya Moses Kangogo
Women's: 2:38:56 (2010)
Russia Natalya Sergeyeva
Official siteLimassol Marathon
Participants16 000 (2019)

The Limassol Marathon is part of an annual European race series which takes place in Limassol, Cyprus. It was first run in 2006.[1] The event features a number of races over two days, including a marathon.[2]

The marathon is recognized by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races and the International Association of Athletics Federations.[3]

History[edit]

In 2015 the Marathon attracted more than 10,000 participants from 50 countries, of whom about 15% came from abroad. Runners are mostly European but participation from Japan, US, Brazil, Australia, China and Turkey are very common.[4] The oldest runner in 2015 was Cypriot Andreas Pampakas, aged 78 with children as young as 5 years old participating as well.[5]

The thirteenth edition was held on 23 and 24 of March 2019.[6]

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 in-person editions of the race were merged into one event scheduled for the weekend of 28 November 2021, with all registrants given both the option of transferring their entry to a future event, as well as the option of also running the race virtually for free.[7][8][9][a]

Course[edit]

The OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO course is of a low degree of difficulty. The start of the race is at the center of the city on the seafront of the Limassol promenade and follows the Mediterranean coastline along the beachfront, to the ruins of the ancient Royal City of Amathus and back to the city. The athletes head west to the Port of Limassol, passing by the streets “Christodoulou Hadjipavlou” and “Spyrou Araouzou” towards the roundabout at the Limassol Marina. The path continues towards the streets Kioproulouzate, Xelal Bazaar and the Avenue Franklin Roosevelt.

Roads are officially closed to traffic throughout the entire length of the race and medical support is offered along the race course.[11][12]

Other races[edit]

Aside from the marathon, the event also features a half marathon, a 10 km energy Race, a 5 km city race, a 5 km corporate race and a youth race[13][14]

The full marathon begins 2 hours before the 10K and 5k.[15]

Management[edit]

Race Directors
Years Name Country
2006–2008 George Karagiannis Greece
2009–2017 Vasilis Vavalos Greece
2018–2019 Andreas Spyrou Cyprus

Marketing[edit]

Limassol Marathon official song of the event is called Ladies & Gentlemen (Limassol Marathon Version) it was created in 2014 by the Greek music band S.M.Fusion and was released from the record company Sugar Faktory for the 10th edition of the Limassol Marathon.

In 2016, Argos Animal Sanctuary manager, Andrew Brown run the Marathon by wearing a dog costume in temperatures reaching 22 degrees as a PR stand to attract attention for the animal shelter.[16]

Winners[edit]

Key:    Course record (in bold)

Ed. Year Men's winner Time[b] Women's winner Time[b] Ref.
2006 only local runners ran
2007
2008  Desta Habtamu (ETH) 2:18:39  Julia Kavvaba (GRE) 3:32:46
2009  Jebel Kassahun (ETH) 2:30:45  Alina Istudora (ROU) 2:46:53
2010  Moses Kangogo (KEN) 2:13:29  Natalya Sergeyeva (RUS) 2:38:56
2011  Momanyi Basweti (KEN) 2:27:08  Lydia Jerotich (KEN) 2:47:53
2012  Jebel Kassahun (ETH) 2:29:32  Yuliya Khazova (RUS) 2:47:32
2013  Jebel Kassahun (ETH) 2:27:51  Irina Pankovskaya (RUS) 2:48:35
8 2014  Wojciech Kopeć (POL) 2:17:22  Cecilia Backman (FIN) 3:21:01 [17][18][19]
9 2015  Jebel Kassahun (ETH) 2:46:05  Caroline Jackson (GBR) 3:21:19 [20][21]
10 2016  Tomasz Klisz (POL) 2:41:47  Sylwia Bondara (POL) 3:12:40 [22]
2017  Edwin Kiyeng (KEN) 2:15:04  Gladys Biwott (KEN) 2:40:41
2018  Simon Kiprugut (KEN) 2:18:28  Olivera Jevtić (SRB) 2:44:26
2019  Abel Rop (KEN) 2:17:40  Ruth Matebo (KEN) 2:43:30
2020 merged with 2021 edition due to coronavirus pandemic [7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The 2020 edition had initially been postponed to the weekend of 22 November 2020 before being merged with the 2021 edition.[10]
  2. ^ a b h:m:s

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.limassolmarathon.com
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20201116111744/https://www.limassolmarathon.com/index.php?pageid=70
  3. ^ Run Infinity: Limassol Marathon GSO Results
  4. ^ Cyprus Mail: Limassol marathon growing in scope
  5. ^ President addresses runners in Limassol Marathon
  6. ^ http://www.limassolmarathon.com
  7. ^ a b https://web.archive.org/web/20201114134509/https://www.limassolmarathon.com/index.php?pageid=233
  8. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20201114135149/https://www.limassolmarathon.com/index.php?pageid=234
  9. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20201114152908/https://www.limassolmarathon.com/index.php?pageid=237
  10. ^ https://archive.is/20200313001203/https://www.limassolmarathon.com/article/en/276/postponement-announcement
  11. ^ Limassol marathon on Sunday 2014
  12. ^ "My Next Run:OPAP Limassol International Marathon GSO". Archived from the original on 2016-04-24. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  13. ^ Limassol Marathon
  14. ^ Distance Running UK: Limassol Marathon GSO
  15. ^ Marathon Guide: Limassol Marathon GSO & Half Marathon, 10K, 5K Limassol, Cyprus EU
  16. ^ Animal lover to run marathon in dog costume
  17. ^ https://archive.is/20140327013742/http://www.limassolmarathon.com/#selection-1349.0-1349.83
  18. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20140320025215/http://www.limassolmarathon.com/marathonresults2014.php
  19. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20201117110230/https://www.worldathletics.org/athletes/-/14216909
  20. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20150513033752/http://www.limassolmarathon.com/marathonresults2015.php
  21. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20201116101808/https://www.worldathletics.org/athletes/-/014382998
  22. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20200311154051/https://www.limassolmarathon.com/article/en/32/opap-limassol-marathon-gso-broke-every-record-of-participation

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