The 2017 Limassol Marathon GSO is all set to be the best yet after organisers announced three enhancements to the arrangements for the 11th edition of this popular event in Cyprus on Sunday, 19 March. The race was voted Best International Marathon in Europe in 2015 and more than 13,000 runners are expected to run the marathon or one of the supporting events in this idyllic location.
Prize values have been increased and will be doubled to 4,000 euros if the course records of 2:13:29 (men) and 2:38:56 (women) are broken. Second and third prizes for the marathon are 1,500 euros and 1,000 euros respectively. Similarly, the winners of the half marathon could take home 2,000 euros if they run faster than 1:04:19 (men) and 1:12:35 (women).
It has also been confirmed that there will be trophies in six age categories in the marathon, half marathon, Petrolina 10K Energy Race and 5K City Race and the main races will all have a new start time of 7.30am, which should help if the weather is as warm as usual at this time of year.
An early bird discount for individual race entry is available until 30 November 2016 with a 40% discount. Early bird registration fees are €36 for the marathon, €27 for the half marathon and €18 for both the Petrolina10K Energy Race and the 5K City Race.
Athletes can look forward to running the spectacular coast road of greater Limassol, which stretches for 21km alongside the sparkling Mediterranean, reaching a maximum altitude of 18m and providing runners with magnificent views and a refreshing sea breeze.
The race is renowned for being flat and fast, covering long stretches of straight, traffic-free coastal roads. This makes it ideal for first time marathon runners as well as elite athletes and those looking to improve their personal best.
Full details at the race website