|Date||usually in March|
|Course records||Men's: 2:13:29 (2010)|
Women's: 2:38:56 (2010)
|Official site||Limassol Marathon|
|Participants||16 000 (2019)|
The Limassol Marathon is part of an annual European race series which takes place in Limassol, Cyprus. It was first run in 2006. The event features a number of races over two days, including a marathon.
The marathon is recognized by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races and the International Association of Athletics Federations.
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. The oldest runner in 2015 was Cypriot Andreas Pampakas, aged 78 with children as young as 5 years old participating as well.
The thirteenth edition was held on 23 and 24 of March 2019.
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.[a]
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.
The full marathon begins 2 hours before the 10K and 5k.
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.
Key: Course record (in bold)
|Ed.||Year||Men's winner||Time[b]||Women's winner||Time[b]||Ref.|
|2006||only local runners ran|
|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|||
|9||2015||Jebel Kassahun (ETH)||2:46:05||Caroline Jackson (GBR)||3:21:19|||
|10||2016||Tomasz Klisz (POL)||2:41:47||Sylwia Bondara (POL)||3:12:40|||
|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|||
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- Animal lover to run marathon in dog costume