Limassol Marathon

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Limassol Marathon
Limassol marathon logo.png
Datelate March
LocationLimassol,  Cyprus
Event typeRoad
Primary sponsorOPAP
Course recordsMen's: 2:13:29 (2010)
Kenya Moses Kangogo
Women's: 2:38:56 (2010)
Russia Natalya Sergeyeva
Official siteLimassol Marathon
Participants470 (2019)

The Limassol Marathon is part of an annual European race series which takes place in Limassol, Cyprus. It was first run in 2006 and the tenth anniversary marathon was held on 10 April 2016.[1] There are various races including a marathon, a half marathon, a 10 km health Race, a 5 km corporate race and a 1 km children’s fun run.[2][3]

Past results[edit]

Key:   Course record

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1st 2006 Only ran local runners
2nd 2007
3rd 2008  Desta Habtamu (ETH) 2:18:39  Julia Kavvaba (GRE) 3:32:46
4th 2009  Jebel Kassahun (ETH) 2:30:45  Alina Istudora (ROM) 2:46:53
5th 2010  Moses Kangogo (KEN) 2:13:29  Natalya Sergeyeva (RUS) 2:38:56
6th 2011  Momanyi Basweti (KEN) 2:27:08  Lydia Jerotich (KEN) 2:47:53
7th 2012  Jebel Kassahun (ETH) 2:29:32  Yuliya Khazova (RUS) 2:47:32
8th 2013  Jebel Kassahun (ETH) 2:27:51  Irina Pankovskaya (RUS) 2:48:35
9th 2014  Wojciech Kopeć (POL) 2:17:22  Cecilia Backman (FIN) 3:21:01
10th 2015  Jebel Kassahun (ETH) 2:46:05  Caroline Jackson (GBR) 3:21:19
11th 2016  Tomasz Klisz (POL) 2:41:47  Sylwia Bondara (POL) 3:12:40
12th 2017  Edwin Kiyeng (KEN) 2:15:04  Gladys Biwott (KEN) 2:40:41
13th 2018  Simon Kiprugut (KEN) 2:18:28  Olivera Jevtić (SRB) 2:44:26
14th 2019  Abel Rop (KEN) 2:17:40  Ruth Matebo (KEN) 2:43:30

Course & difficulty[edit]

The OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO course is of a low degree of difficulty. The course begins at the center of the city and follows the Mediterranean coastline along the beachfront, to the ruins of the ancient Royal City of Amathus and back to the city.


The marathon is recognized by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races and the International Association of Athletics Federations.[4] Roads are officially closed to traffic throughout the entire length of the race and medical support is offered along the race course.[5][6] The full marathon begins 2 hours before the 10K and 5k.[7]


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.[8] The oldest runner in 2015 was Cypriot Andreas Pampakas, aged 78 with children as young as 5 years old participating as well.[9] 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.[10]

Start & Finish[edit]

The start of the race is on the seafront of the Limassol promenade. 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.

Race Directors[edit]

Race Directors of Limassol Marathon
Year Name Country
2006 George Karagiannis Greece
2007 George Karagiannis Greece
2008 George Karagiannis Greece
2009 Vasilis Vavalos Greece
2010 Vasilis Vavalos Greece
2011 Vasilis Vavalos Greece
2012 Vasilis Vavalos Greece
2013 Vasilis Vavalos Greece
2014 Vasilis Vavalos Greece
2015 Vasilis Vavalos Greece
2016 Vasilis Vavalos Greece
2017 Vasilis Vavalos Greece
2018 Andreas Spyrou Cyprus
2019 Andreas Spyrou Cyprus

Official Song[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.


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