The Organising Committee of the 1st Radisson Blu Larnaka International Marathon is pleased to welcome the official guests and the representatives of M.M.E. to its press conference. The Organising Committee of the 1st Radisson Blu Larnaka International Marathon aims to realize a Marathon of high standards that will become an institution.
At the same time, it is a priority to promote sport as a social good as it is one dynamic and useful exchange area of information and know-how for the benefit of athletes, clubs and all the civilized people of all ages.
The 1st Radisson Blu international Larnaka Marathon is taking place on 19th of November and includes Marathon race (42,195 km), Half-marathon race (21,095 km), 10 km, 5 km – corporate, 5 kilometer – individual and 1km McDonald’s ™ Kids Race 1km and 1km FunRace for adults.
So far, at the 1st Radisson Blu International Marathon in Larnaca, athletes from more than 20 countries have registered, for example from: USA, Argentina, Mexico, Ghana,South Africa, France, England, Russia, etc.
The video of the 1st Radisson Blu International Larnaka Marathon starring Mr. Sophocles Kasskaounias, has been already released and has become viral in social media.
General Information – Press Conference Panel
The Mayor of Larnaca, Mr. Andreas Vyras, Mr. Marios Polyviou, on behalf of Radisson Blu and CEO of SunnySeeker Hotels, Mr. Evangelos Papapostolou – Technical Advisor of the 1st Radisson Blu International Marathon of Larnaca, Mr. Sotiris Mavros – 1st Radisson Blu International Marathon of Larnaca, and Mr.Kostas Daltas – Member of the Organizing Committee of the 1st Radisson Blu International Larnaka Marathon.
Mr. Polyviou, on behalf of Radisson Blu and CEO of SunnySeeker Hotels, said: “It took just a meeting with the organizers to close the partnership and we will always be by their side. We will be supporting the organization now for many years and in general, we will be beside any important event that will take place in Larnaca.”
The Mayor of Larnaca, expressed his great satisfaction that a project such as the 1st Radisson Blu Larnaka International Marathon will take place in Larnaca, in particular stated:” I wondered even before I was elected Mayor, why there is not taking place a marathon in the city of Larnaca and it was my pleasure when the idea of having a Marathon in Larnaca was initially taking shape and today we see it being realized at a rapid pace.”
Mr. Vaggelis Papapostolou, Technical Adviser of the 1st Radisson Blu International Marathon, said: “It is very important in a city like Larnaca to make a Marathon because it upgrades the city and it contributes financially, touristically and culturally. Millions of people travel around the world along with their families on marathon occasions.”
Sotiris Mavros, Marathon’s Race Director, mentioned the routes including the Marathon Road (42,195 km), Half Marathon Road (21,095 km),10 km, 5 km, McDonald’s Kids Race 1 km and Fun Race 1 km for adults.
Mr. Aggelos Kondoulidis, Country Manager of Stoiximan, reassured the loyality of the company Stoiximan for this great event to be held in the city of Larnaca.
Also the surprise of Stoiximan was revealed, that along with Stoiximan’s Running Team will be the Olympic champion Lefteris Petrounias.
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, Mr. Kostas Daltas said: “All that has been presented today has been made in record time and that leaves great promises and expectations for what will follow in the years to come.” All this would not have happened without the support of Radisson Blu, Stoiximan, Cablenet, McDonalds, Petrolina, UCLan, Public, Perskindol, EAC, GAP Vasillopoulos Group, BMW, Agios Nikolaos, C.M. LondouTrading Ltd, LGS Handling, and Tag Hauer, but also all the business operators.
The following people have attended: the Environment Commissioner Mr. Ioanna Panagiotou, Mr. Yiannakis Giannis – Commissioner for Volunteerism, political party representatives and representatives of the sponsors of the 1st Radisson Blu International Marathon Larnaca.
Action – Routes of the First Green Marathon of Cyprus The routes of the 1st Radisson Blu Larnaka International Marathon are characterized by its special natural beauty combined with sport at the highest standards.
The city of Larnaca promises to give strong emotions to all those who will take part in the 1st Radisson Blu International Marathon of Larnaca, which includes:
Marathon Road (42,195 km), Half Marathon Road (21,095 km), 10 km Road, 5
km – corporate, 5km – individual and 1km McDonald’s ™ Kids Race 1km and Fun Race 1km for adults.
The starting point of the Marathon will be given in front of the Larnaka City Hall. The athletes will have to follow the course of the road as it goes all along the coastal road of Phinikoudes and heads downwards to McKenzy area and then towards Larnaca International Airport, it will pass from Aliki and Umm Haram Tekke and it will return to the same spot twice.
Half-Marathon: 21,097 meters for those who want to test their strength on a smaller scale. A race of high standards that meets the tastes of even the most demanding runners.
The Half-marathon race will have exactly the same route as the Marathon but it will return to the same spot only once.
10km: The 10 km road race is addressed to all those who have reached at least 16 years of age and have the energy to conquer 10 miles! The route is designed to offer refueling stations so that everyone can enjoy their participation in the race.
The 10 km race will also start from Phinikoudes, heading towards the airport and Alyki, while turning back just before Umar Haram Tekke.
5 km : A sweet challenge for everyone who loves breathtaking seaside routes but also brisk strides.
5 km might be considered a less challenging race due to its low degree of difficulty, but certainly should not be forgotten the intense emotions thrills it may offer.
5 km corporate race:Together is always better! A memorable moment that will definitely bring you closer to your colleagues, while running for a good cause! Taking part in this contest will allow you to gain a wonderful experience that will give you the opportunity to discuss about it for a long time and even repeat it the next year.
McDonald’s™ Kids Race 1k comprises of one -kilometer of fun race that might turn into an unforgettable experience for both children and parents. It addresses to children over the age of 4 who should be accompanied by a parent or an adult and it is free thanks to the generous support of McDonald’s™.
Moreover, McDonald’s™ Kids Race 1k is an ideal journey designed for youngsters with special abilities who are eager to acknowledge and promote the athletic spirit.
Fun Race 1km comprises of one -kilometer o fun race, a beautiful experience for those who want to have a taste of running and feel the athletic spirit while having fun. It addresses to adults and it costs only 10 euros.
Moreover, Fun Race 1k is an ideal short race for those who wish to take part in the biggest sport event in Cyprus.
- Unique, artistically designed race completion medal
- Electronic participation diploma, complete with name and performance time
- Participation tag printed with name of runner (when submitted early)
- Provision of isotonic beverages – juices at supply stations
- Full health coverage, free of charge
- Rehabilitation services (massage) for runners who wish to make use of this service
- Engraving of name on medal (optional) if declared until 31st of October
Participants will be able to get unique personal photos from their race. Specialized professional photographers will immortalize unique moments, giving the athletes the opportunity to find their photos using their personal participation number.
A special team from abroad will be at the finish line waiting for the runners to convert the metal on that special day. With their special machines they will engrave the name and time of each athlete.
Both of these benefits are optional.
The 1st Radisson Blu International Marathon of Larnaca supports social and charitable organizations such as
- Karayskakeio Foundation: Within the framework of its charitable and non-profit actions, the 1st Radisson Blu International Marathon of Larnaca announces the creation of a team that will run with Karaskakio Foundation.
Those who choose to run with the Karaiskakio Foundation’s team “Run for Karaskakio” on the 5 Km route, should know that all the funds raised will go to the Karaiskakio Foundation.
During the event, sampling for new volunteer bone marrow donors (using the saliva method) will be followed. Registration will be available for young volunteers from 18 to 45 years old.
As the Organizing Committee, we call on all the people to support the Karaiskakeio Foundation and run with Karaiskakeio Team to raise an increasing amount. At the same time, you will get the collectible T-shirt of the Karaiskakeio Foundation.
- Hope For Children: The International Humanitarian and Independent Organization “Hope For Children” The CRC Policy Center is implementing multi-level humanitarian programs to promote the rights of all children with priority to their well-being, education and education as well as their psychosocial and legal support.
- For this purpose, the “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center is using experienced and skilled professional staff, mobilizes and participates in national and European networks and programs, promotes volunteering and establishes fruitful alliances. The organizing committee actually supports the work of “Hope For Children” and a significant amount will support its hard work.
- Movember Cyprus: Sport, beyond its beneficial properties for the body and the spirit, is responsible for the dissemination of mass messages about the values it values, such as joy, teamwork, solidarity, improvement of self-discipline and accountability , the positive attitude towards life and, of course, the cultivation of respect. At the same time, however, sport has a key role to play in supporting social aggregates and efforts to empower people in need, as well as in supporting health-related and disease-riddling movements nowadays.
Movember is a worldwide charity movement that takes place in November every year and is responsible for the appearance of millions of mustaches! It is one of the most widespread movements in the world due to its special nature: sensitization and information about men’s health, and especially for the prevention and treatment of prostate and testicular cancer, as well as for the mental health of the patients .
- Special Olympics: The 1st Radisson Blu International Marathon of Larnaca has proudly announced its support and cooperation with the Cyprus Olympic Special Olympics Federation. The vision of the Special Olympics is to provide sports activities and matches in all Olympic sports for people with intellectual disabilities all year around.
The Cypriot Federation of Special Olympics will also take part in the opening ceremony of the 1st Radisson Blu of the International Marathon of Larnaca to be held on 9 November 2017, but also with athletes who will take part in street races, supporting the spirit of “fair play”, equality, respect and solidarity among all people. At the same time, the Organizing Committee will pay the maximum to promote the values advocated by Special Olympics Cyprus but also to support their needs.
The ultimate goal is to make the 1st Radisson Blu International Marathon of Larnaca an institution and an unforgettable experience for all participants, promoting the sporting, cultural, environmental and, of course, tourist importance of the city of Zenonas.
The 1st Radisson Blu International Marathon of Larnaca is proud of its ambassadors:
Andri Avraam is one of the most important long-distance runners in Greece / in the Greek world. She has participated in two Olympic Games, first in 1988 in Seoul and then in 1992 in Barcelona. An exceptional number of wins from 1977 to 1992, with 22 first places in Pancyprian games and a large number of Panhellenic wins are also part of her legacy. With Pancyprian records in the 10,000 metre race and the Marathon race as well as the 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000 metre races, Andri Avraam surely constitutes an extraordinary athlete who made history in Cyprian sports.
Andri Sialou was an athlete of the Gymnastic Association Evagoras of Ammochostos, who participated in major sporting events and won and awards while representing Cyprus in the World, European, Commonwealth, Mediterranean and Olympic Games (Athens, 2004).
From 2002 – 2004, her performance ranked among that of the top 15 female athletes in the world. Her greatest achievement is taking 16thplace in the Olympic Games which were held in Athens in 2004.
Chryssa Goudenoudi is a member of the Panhellenic Gymnastics Club. She has won ten national records at the 400m indoor track, 400m open and 400m hurdles and 13 Panhellenic victories in all categories (Girls, Youth, Young, Women).
She has won as well the third place at the European Super Cup ( 400m )and the eight place at the Olympic Games in 2004 with the 4×400 relay race.
Periklís Iakovákis is a Greek athlete mainly competing in 400 metres hurdles. He is the Greek record holder and nine times national champion at the event.
The 1st Radisson Blu International Marathon of Larnaca is the first Green Marathon of Cyprus, under the auspices of the Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Ioanna Panagiotou. At the same time, the innovative BMW i3 will be the electric car that will VOLT- lift and lead safely towards the end the runners of the 1st Radisson Blu Larnaka International Marathon, while the team of Let’s Do It Cyprus has taken over the collection and the allocation of recyclable materials to be used during the recycling process but also after the event is over, and Green Dot Cyprus will take care of the existence of special recycling bins on a number of selected points of the race.
The 1st Radisson Blu International Marathon of Larnaca is also under the auspices of Volunteer Commissioner Giannakis Giannis. Our main concept of the marathon is promoting the values that volunteerism advocates for and the transmission of this mentality to all citizens that volunteering offers invaluable experiences, alone or when combined with the values promoted by sport.
The Organizing Committee of the 1st Radisson Blu Larnaka International Marathon invites all citizens to participate and become volunteers in an event that guarantees unforgettable memories and also experiences.
The ultimate goal of the 1st Radisson Blu Laranka International Marathon is to become an institution and the greatest event ever held in the city of Zenon every year.
For more information and sign up at www.larnakamarathon.com.