Everything is ready for the 8th Limassol International Marathon, to be held on March 16, with over 5,000 participations, despite the financial crisis.
The Limassol Marathon is Cyprus' official Marathon, accredited by world federations AIMS and IAAF, and comprises a straight course along the Mediterranean coastal front, from the city centre along the coast towards the Amathus archaeological site and back, covering a total of 42 km.
In a message, the organisers of the event call on the people to follow the events of the Marathon, which is one of the most important sports events in Cyprus, and cheer on the athletes.
Technical Director of the Marathon Vasilis Vavalos, in an interview with CNA, said the main aims of the Marathon were to attract tourism and promote sports, adding that this year there will be participants from various countries, including the United Kingdom, Russia, the USA, China, Japan and the Arab Emirates.
Vavalos pointed out that the financial crisis had not left the Marathon unaffected, adding that the foreign runners had noted the huge cost of traveling to Cyprus.
In his interview, Vavalos said efforts were being made to promote the Marathon abroad, noting that there had been cooperation with the United Kingdom, while contacts were made with Romania and its neighbouring countries, and tour operators in Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, Italy and Scandinavian countries.
He also said a new system was introduced this year for registration purposes, provided by a Finnish company.
Vavalos said it was important to maintain safety during the Marathon, and that the organisers were cooperating with the Police, the Civil Defence, the Greek Armed Forces in Cyprus, the National Guard, and the Volunteer Doctors.
Regarding the events, Vavalos said they included the full Marathon, the Half Marathon, the 10km Health Race, the 5km City Race, the 5km Corporate Race, and the 1km Student Race, all of a low degree of difficulty.
Vavalos said up to 6,000 participations could be expected, while volunteers and organisations would be helping.
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