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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Quantum marathon takes place Sunday ]

Quantum marathon takes place Sunday

Author: 
Peter Stevenson

THE THIRD annual Quantum Nicosia Marathon will take place this Sunday, starting and ending at Famagusta Gate in old Nicosia. 

As is tradition, the marathon flame will arrive on Thursday since Nicosia Marathon is now considered an official part of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).

There will be five different courses for different age groups and abilities. These include the regular and half marathon which will be available for anyone over 18, the 10km and 5km runs for 12-year-olds and over and the UNICEF sponsored 1000 metre run for all ages with 9-year-olds requiring parental supervision. The marathon and half-marathon will start at 8am, the 10km and 5km runs will start at 10:30am and the 1000m will start at 11:30am. 

“We want the roads of Nicosia to be flooded with athletes and supporters,” head of the Athanasios Ktorides Foundation, Nassos Ktorides told the press.

The Foundation is the main organiser of the marathon, and Ktorides himself is an avid marathon-runner who is one of a handful of people that have run a marathon on both poles.

There will be stations along the route, situated every five kilometres that will provide refreshments and medical aid if any runner requires. Quantum Energy, the main sponsor of the event has recruited 450 volunteers to help man these stations.

“The city will become a stadium,” head of Quantum Energy’s organising committee, Giorgos Killas said. “This is an expensive event as it doesn’t happen in a stadium but within the city itself and it is for that reason we need the help of so many volunteers,” he added.

Simultaneously there will be a “Winner’s Fair” between 10am and 4pm on Sunday at Famagusta Gate with many different games, activities, music, dancing and food. Entrance to the fair will be free with proceeds going to the Pancyprian Anti-Cancer Society.

“The marathon is the biggest sporting event our city has ever held,” Mayor of Nicosia Constantinos Yiorkadjis said. “I would like to invite everyone to take part whether it is running, walking or supporting,” he added.

For those interested in taking part you can complete a form online at www.nicosiamarathon.com or send a form via fax to 22776386 or 22776830. Interested parties can also visit Nicosia Town Hall or the Athanasios Ktorides Foundation in Ayios Dometios to complete an entry form or drop by Famagusta gate between 8am and 9pm on Friday or Saturday. Participants will be given a T-shirt, bag and cap as a souvenir.



(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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