Now in its 14th year, the event is now an unforgettable memory for both the runners and the organisers.
Participation increased to 360 runners with ages between 21 years old and the eldest runner being 85 years old, Imre Kenyer from Hungary. Runners travelled from various countries such as the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Russia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, Hungary, the US, Mexico, Austria, Switzerland, and many more. Supporters and escorts participation was also higher this year.
For one more year, highlights of the event were the 11 km Hill Run on day two of the race and the Half Marathon Multiterrain Run on day three of the race, both of which took place in the AKAMAS Nature reserve park.
The half marathon started from the square of Neo Chorio village and finished on the beach of Toxeftra. The route took runners on one of the most scenic and spectacular trails on our island, if not in Europe.
The 11 km Hill Run, started close by Toxeftra Beach, finished by the beautiful village square / church of Pano Arodes, and took runners on a climb where steep ascends took turns with short, sharp descents, to give a final gain of altitude of over 600m through alternating landscapes, including a forest, a moonscape like valley and vineyards.
Both AKAMAS routes on day two and three as well as the time trial on the first day and the 10 km Paphos city Run on the last day, were dominated by Nicholas Dalmasso from France, who completed the event in 02:51:02 overall male category and by Lauren Draper, from the UK who completed the event in 03:25:53 overall female category.
In the Male Mix Team challenge, overall winner was the Lightning one team with runners from the UK, winning with a cumulative time of 09:20:28 and in the Female Team Challenge, overall winner was the Lightning Fast 1 team with runners again from the UK, winning a cumulative time of 11:01:23
Apart from all the runners who participated in the Cyprus International 4-day Challenge, there was a great thank you to sponsors, the Cyprus Tourism Organization, Leptos Group, Coral Beach Hotel & Resort, Rock FM, Europcar Rentals, Keo, Iasis Hospital and St George & Blue Cross ambulance services, High 5.