Throughout March, runners from around the world will be heading to start lines at Paphos in northwest Cyprus and Limassol at the southerly edge to compete in a series of challenging races. Preparation and timing is everything, and participating athletes will often pre-book a professional Cyprus taxi transfers to ensure a prompt, reliable and hassle-free journey, to and back from their event on race day.
Competitions are not only regularly held in the key regions of Larnaca, Paphos, Nicosia and Limassol but also in perhaps, less well-known areas such as Pervosia, Mitsero, Kirous and Asgata. Public bus and train routes, and timetables are unlikely to suit many athletes. Once again, taxi transfers Cyprus will be essential for advance planning of all necessary journey arrangements.
March is one of the best times of the year in Cyprus to compete in a long distance running race. Compared to around 30-40C during the high summer, average temperatures tend to hover around a comfortable 19°-20°C, which are ideal running conditions, particularly as many of the courses take in island beauty spots and historic scenery along the way.
Cyprus taxi transfers for the Battle of the Gods Triathlon
First up is the Battle of the Gods Triathlon at Coral Beach Hotel & Resort, Paphos (Sunday 8th). The word ‘triathlon’ is of Greek origin – treis (three) and athlos (competition) – consisting of three continuous and sequential endurance races, usually swimming, cycling, and running over various distances. This challenging race takes competitors through several cultural beauty spots, such as the Baths of Aphrodite and Adonis in Akamas Peninsula, which overlooks the Bay of Polis.
The ‘Zeus’ Middle Distance Race comprises a 1900m swim in the Aegean Sea, and a 90km bike and 21k run along the Paphos roads, either over 1 or 3 laps, including a 600m climb around the coral bay rocks. The ‘Apollo’ Sprint Distance is a 950m swim, 16km bike and 7km run.
Seven days later – also taking place in Paphos – is the Logicom Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K on Sunday 15th. Ever since the competition began in 1999, the race starts at ‘Petra tou Romiou’ the mythic birthplace of the Goddess Aphrodite. Runners follows a coastal route alongside the Mediterranean sea back to the finishing line at Paphos Medieval Fort Square, next to Paphos Harbour. The different races are considered ideal for runners of all ages and abilities.
Taxi transfers Cyprus for the 14th OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO
The following weekend sees the big one – the 14th OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO – considered the largest sports event in Cyprus, comprising six races and four parallel events. Attracting both national and international competitors, an estimated 16,000 runners are expected to pace the Mediterranean coastline of Limassol on the Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of March. The PrimeTel 5km Corporate Race and the Dashin Foundation Youth Race are to be held on the Saturday followed by the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km Petrolina Energy Race and 5km City Race on the Sunday.
Other running events taking place in March include, the Akamas Blossom Trail Running Festival (over 53 km/32 km/21 km/7 km) on Tuesday 10th and the Ayia Napa Triathlon (Saturday 21st | Sunday 22nd )
The growth of sports tourism, alongside traditional “sun, sea, and beach” holidays has helped to boost the number of people arriving to take part in marathons, half marathons and other distance runs during the off-peak season. A total of nearly 170,000 visitors arrived in March 2019 compared to around 90,400 during the same period, a decade earlier in 2009.
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