Impressive attendance of British Runners

The Logicom Cyprus Marathon is the most historical marathon in Cyprus and has been held every year in the city of Pafos, since 1999. From its beginning, the Logicom Cyprus Marathon has always attracted many runners from abroad, who constantly choose to travel to Cyprus in March in order to compete in the beautiful coastal city of Pafos. Each year, the attendance of overseas runners has grown. Some five years ago only around 700 athletes competed. In 2020 over 4,000 competitors will participate in the four races (Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10km Race & 5km Fun Run). All this makes the Logicom Cyprus Marathon the event which attracts the greatest number of sports tourists in Pafos and from some 60 different countries.

Especially, British runners favour the mild spring Cyprus climate for both training programmes and to kick start their race season. More British runners compete from overseas that any other country – both as individuals and as groups from their running clubs. On Sunday 15th March 2020 at the 22nd Logicom Cyprus Marathon, more than 1,000 British runners are expected to line up at the start of the races. The other countries with high attendances are Israel, Russia, Hungary, Poland and Germany. A half, or around 2,000 overseas runners are expected to attend this year event. Notably, in recent years, overseas runners have dominated the longer distance races. Last year 32-year-old British runner Adam Holland won the marathon for the second consecutive year in a time of 2:35:03 and British woman Abi Gooch won the top spot on the ladies podium in the 2019 marathon race in a time of 3:23:06.                                                            

Gosport runners having fun in the sun! This increased attendance, especially from overseas, demonstrates that Cyprus continues to attract visitors due to the great Mediterranean climate and traditional Cypriot hospitality but most importantly the high-quality event organisation. Moreover, the Logicom Cyprus Marathon is complemented by parallel races, a Half-Marathon, a 10km Road Race, a 5km Community Family Fun Run and a ‘Wine Run’ which gives the opportunity to all kinds of runners and sports enthusiasts to run their favourite distance. The main sponsor of the event is Logicom a multi-national information technology company based in Cyprus. The event is supported by the Deputy Ministry of Tourism, the Municipality of Paphos and Cyprus Police as well as sponsors, clubs and over 200 volunteers. Also, the Logicom Cyprus Marathon is included in the running calendar of the Cyprus Amateur Athletic Federation, and is certified by AIMS ‘Association of International Marathons and Distance Races’ and the IAAF ‘International Association of Athletics Federations’.                    

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