The Gozo Half Marathon 2018 official launch – A success story
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The 43rd edition of the Teamsport Gozo Half Marathon has been launched by the Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana.
She described this event as a success story, from an idea that arose 43 years ago, and started as a race between friends, it has today developed into an international sports event.
The Minister added that of the 800 participants who took part last year 24% were foreigners and according to a 2017 study, the Gozo Half Marathon generated more than € 200,000 for the island which was spent on accommodation, and in catering establishments among others.
Minister Caruana stressed that sport will be given the importance it deserves by the Ministry for Gozo including the promotion of physical activity.
She also gave details of the initiatives carried out so far on sporting facilities in Gozo, as well as those for the future. This includes the Gozo Half Marathon, where Dr Caruana said the Ministry has worked closely with organisers to ensure that the activity reaches the targeted objectives
The motto of this edition is Today or Never with the aim of continuing to foster the culture of regular running based on healthy living, to promote social inclusion through exercise.
Photograph: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri