The beautiful and historic town of Larnaca (also spelt Larnaka), on the cultural and wonderful Mediterranean Island State of Cyprus, offers the perfect race weekend get-away, and a chance for some winter sun. The pink flamingos gracing the nearby freshwater lakes make an idyllic sight. After years as a British colony English is widely spoken and they drive on the left (not the flamingos!).
Even better for runners, there is the choice of 4 race distances. The full Marathon, the Half Marathon, the 10K, and a 5K. All starting and finishing in the centre of the town itself. This makes it a perfect venue for Running Clubs and Groups where everyone gets to choose the distance that suits them.
What is included:
We know that you are going to love the package that we have put together here. There is such a lot to see and do in the Larnaca area.
• Met at Larnaca, Cyprus International Airport by Running Crazy Ltd staff
• Transfer and return from/to airport/hotel
• Good 4 * hotel on bed and breakfast basis (conveniently located for the race)
• Race Entry (Guaranteed)
• Reception Meeting/Map of Area/Explanation of Course
• Goody bag and Race Number etc delivered
• T-Shirt and Medal
• Optional 'Running Crazy' trustworthy Pre-Race Pasta meal
• Exclusive 'Running Crazy' After race Party
• Optional Sightseeing Tours
• Race Support
• Spectator Support
• Full Results service by E-Mail
• Services of 'Running Crazy' representative
All the new courses are flat and fast, and run on the relatively quiet roads along the coast (not completely traffic free) and out towards the airport. Well marshalled and assisted by the Cyprus Police, the course are safe.
Marathon - The Marathon starts at 0700am. The field will be relatively small and with the likelihood of some warm weather, it is suggested that this is an event for dedicated Marathoners. The course is 2 circuits, flat and fast, and take in the sights of the town, heading out to the airport before turning back along the breath-taking, stunningly beautiful coastline. Time limit 5.5 Hours.
Half Marathon - Starting and Finishing in Larnaca Town Centre at 0705am this is a wonderfully flat and fast course of 1 circuit. Time limit 3 hours.
10K – This event starts later in the morning at 1015am. Time limit 90 Minutes.
5K – The 5K starts at 1130am and again is a fast seaside route. Time limit 40 minutes.
Map of Course:
- see bottom of page -
Spectators and Supporters:
There is so much to see and do in the Larnaca area, and on the island of Cyprus. Larnaca itself is now a relatively busy tourist town, but it has still maintained it's small fishing harbour feel. We will make suggestions of places to visit during your time here. For the race, particularly the Marathon, we suggest taking a seat at a harbour-front café and watching events unfold. The Half Marathon runners will pass and finish well before the arrival of the Marathoners.
'Running Crazy' are delighted to welcome runners who are raising sponsorship for registered charities. We know that the great feeling of accomplishment when completing the race, feels even better when you are helping others in to the bargain! See our Run for Charity link to choose a charity that you can help. Many charities listed there will provide special runners packs including sponsorship forms and tips, and also charity running vests. Just contact them with your details and tell them you intend to run with 'Running Crazy' on their behalf. In addition we will provide you with a 'Running Crazy' Certificate confirming your achievement and result, and also a special commemorative prize. Just specify the charity name in your 'Application'
There are many tourist hotels in the Larnaca region and with good weather throughout the winter, most stay open all year round. However, there are only one or two that are well placed for the race as well as the rest of your time here. We have secured accommodation at a great 4 star hotel on a bed and breakfast basis. It is the closest to the Start/Finish area at just 1 minute walk, and so is ideal for kit security, changing, showers and that all important last toilet visit!
Here are the figures:
• average sunshine hours per day: 8
• wet days in a month: 7
• average temperature: 10-20 degrees celsius
• humidity: 70% (at 0700 hrs) 55% (at 14.00 hrs)
• average monthly rainfall: 2.1"
As well as being of huge historical and cultural interest, Larnaca is also a well-known tourist resort. There are numerous cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants all within walking distance of the hotel. Fortunately though out of earshot! We know all the best value places to eat, drink and party. Our pasta meal at a trustworthy good value restaurant the night before the race is always popular and a great social occasion. Our after-race party complete with prizes and surprises is always worth staying up for. There is ample to do for the night-owls!
This weekend offers a great opportunity for Clubs or Training Partners to get together. It may also make the travel arrangements more convenient and enjoyable. There are discounts available for larger groups (20+), but even a group of just 10 will qualify for an additional prize for the first or last to finish (you choose).
Our all-inclusive prices are extremely competitive - from as little as just £149 for the weekend - we know we cannot be beaten on price - and our runners continually tell us that they receive so much more on a 'Running Crazy' weekend break. All our 'resort races' offer half board accommodation, and for our 'Big City' races we know all the best value places to eat, drink and have fun. Indeed we book these for our pre-race and after race gatherings, meaning groups and individuals can just sit back, relax, make new running pals and let us do any worrying. No tourist traps for our clients! We know these races and places inside out, and will advise on what to see and do over the weekend, provide directions and maps - all very useful when on a tight timescale. All you have to do is run!
6 weeks before the event, or sooner if "Sold Out" applied to Index page.
What to do next?:
If you are interested in taking part in this event, simply complete and send the application form . Further information including prices and travel tips will be sent by return.