Gozo half marathon obtains European race certification
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The Gozo half marathon is the first Maltese half-marathon to obtain European race certification, announced the organisers, Teamsport Gozo Half Marathon, it added that it “boasts a level of certification from European Athletics.”
They added that “the number of participants taking part in the event is increasing at a very rapid pace and such a certification acts as an assurance for roadrunners throughout Europe. European Athletics forms part of the foundation of Running for All, which is a very strong and recognisable brand for running activities around Europe and which makes this award extremely more prestigious.”
“54 different categories were deeply assessed and thoroughly evaluated by European Athletics and the Malta Amateur Athletics Association, to get awarded a 3-star level rating – varying from administration and finance to the length and conditions of the course – to obtain the full picture of the overall conditions which many athletes, coming from all over the world, have to compete in,” the organisers said.
Teamsport Gozo Half Marathon added that “to continuously increase our event’s quality standard, the organising committee has invested in a new race-timing system which will ensure the most accurate timing when an athlete crosses the finish line.
“The range of UHF timing systems developed by RFID Race Timing will read any tags that conform to the RFID Gen 2 protocol. The committee also made sure that this system would be available every year, hence it was decided the committee buys this system, making an investment of around €15,000.”
In preparation for the 2017 event, the organising committee said that it campaigned to instill a healthy lifestyle and create a sense of social responsibility in every single Gozo Half-Marathon follower. Apart from our nutrition and walkathon blogs, which were regularly posted on the website and Facebook page.
“Up till now, a record of more than 700 people have registered to take part, hailing from 38 different nations. This goes to show our commitment to ensure that our races are open to all, irrespective of age, race or orientation and this year’s design of the medal represents our belief of openness and acceptance,” said the committee.
Interested participants can register for the half marathon, 8 mile race, 8 mile walkathon, 4km, 2km or 2km fun run by April 27. Registration is inclusive of free transport between Mgarr Ferry Terminal and Xaghra Square, a Diadora technical running top and a goody bag. Showering and sanitary facilities are also available.
The Gozo Half Marathon Organising Committee lies within the Xaghra Youth Centre and is being supported by Teamsport, Diadora, San Michel, Gatorade, Xaghra Local Council and Malta Tourism Authority.