The Logicom Cyprus Marathon has grown a lot in numbers in the past few years and is all due to its attractive all-inclusive package (technical t-shirt, free beer and many more), top-notch organization and electric atmosphere! It also combines breathtaking and historic scenery with traditional Mediterranean hospitality! The Marathon starts at Aphrodite Birthplace, where white foam waves break on a stunning rock formation.
The tranquillity of this picturesque spot prepares the runners both mentally and emotionally for a great race ahead. The first half of the course follows a mostly coastal route and then passes through a number of traditional Cypriot villages. The final stage of the course is through Pafos city where runners will soak up the town buzz and beauty, complete with palm trees and luxury hotels.
Saving the best for last, the finish is by the Paphos Medieval Fort where an entertainment like no other is there to congratulate runners for their impressive finish! On the same day, as well as the Marathon, there is a Half-Marathon, a 10km Road Race and a 5km Fun Run! These three races start and finish next to the Paphos Medieval Fort and follow different courses. The most popular race is the Half Marathon which covers an almost flat course and participants have the opportunity for fast and fun times, much the same as the 10km race, which follows a similar course with palm trees and cheerful spectators. The 5km fun run follows a route around the Archaeological Park, a UNESCO protected site, and is just a few meters from the sea.
All these races conclude at the finish line where runners can enjoy juices, fruit, water, beer, music and entertainment. In addition, finishers can also cool down in the sea and soak up the majesty of the 13th century. The last few years have brought a dramatic growth in the numbers of participants at the event. Many of the past events have averaged around 500 runners, however, the 20th Logicom Cyprus Marathon, on 4th March 2018, is expected to host more than 2,500 runners from 50 different countries. This is mainly due to the enrichment of the packages that are offered to participants and include a technical t-shirt, a supreme medal, energy gels, fluid stations every 3 km, bus pass for the Marathon weekend, chip timing, finish line entertainment, finish line massage, fruit, juices and free beer at the finish line and an excuse to travel!
The Logicom Cyprus Marathon is dedicated to Paphos born Stelios Kyriakides, a Cypriot that won the Boston Marathon in 1946. His achievement fueled American donations and he arrived back to war savaged Greece with 250,000 dollars and two ships full of food, clothes and medical supplies.