Gozo Half Marathon committee attends Frankfurt conference
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The Teamsport Gozo Half Marathon organising committee was recently invited to attend the first ever European Running Business Conference, which took place in Frankfurt, Germany.
In a statement, the committee said that the invitation follows on from the three-star certification which was awarded to the Gozo Half Marathon by European Athletics earlier this year.
“A change in the mindset of the runner is crucial for the future development of the sport,” was the central theme of the conference.
The delegation from Gozo noted that, special focus was also given to the new movement of athletes who strive to complete a marathon rather than compete against other athletes to finish first.
They added that, some of the “most prominent marathon organisers on earth,” such as London Marathon CEO Nick Bitel and Tokyo Marathon Race Director Tad Hayano, shared detailed, first-hand accounts of how they take-on the massive challenge of organising two of the largest and most attended marathons in the running calendar.
The Teamsport Gozo Half Marathon organising committee said that, “apart from these extremely informative general sessions, which served as the perfect platform for new ideas and innovative practicalities in the running world, several one-to-one interventions took place which solely focused on the specific improvement of our own half marathon.”
They remarked that, “these tailor-made meetings offered us the chance to learn how to further improve the overall experience and efficiency of the Teamsport Gozo Half Marathon, which in April of this year attracted more than 800 athletes, coming from all over the world.”
“This conference served as the perfect opportunity to meet with countless other marathon enthusiasts from all over the world, who were also extremely interested in visiting Malta and Gozo to experience our challenging route and get a taste of what the Maltese Islands are all about,” said the committee.