The Malta 113km Long Distance Triathlon Championships, this year for the first time sponsored by Garmin, has become a staple fixture on the triathlon calendar.
Covering a total distance of 113km, split into a 1.9 kilometre swim, a 90 kilometre cycle and a half marathon, i.e. a 21km run, this event is in its eight year, and is considered to be a great training ground for endurance athletes, irrespective of their levels and their goals.
The popularity of the event has resulted in a substantial amount of foreign triathletes signing up for the race, giving it more of an international feel to all those taking part. Whilst the main focus of the race will be the individual athletes undertaking the full distance the organising team will be encouraging relay teams (swimmer/cyclist/runner) to be formed. Past relay participation has seen quite a number of relay team athletes undertake a full distance in subsequent races so this is an excellent opportunity to introduce them to long distances.
This year’s race, scheduled for the 18th of May, will once again take place in Birzebbugia. In order to ensure a better and safer racing experience, discussions and co-ordination with the Malta Triathlon Federation led to some changes being made to the original cycling route. In addition to this, the Malta Triathlon Federation has seen this race being designated as the official Long Distance Championship race.
“We are very pleased to have worked closely with the Malta Triathlon Federation to upgrade the status of this race. Endurance racing has seen a sharp increase in popularity in Malta, with over 25% of triathletes competing in some type of endurance event throughout the year. This race is a perfect opportunity for triathletes to test their skills, either in preparation for races such as Ironman, or even just as a taster to see their aptitude for endurance racing, hence the possibility to join in relay teams” explained Charlie Demanuele, endurance athlete and race organiser.
The Race Hub, will be located at Al Fresco Restaurant in St. George’s Bay which is where the race will start and finish. The race was designed to be spectator friendly, ensuring that athlete supporters and sports enthusiasts will have easy access to view the race in its entirety.
Whilst the swim and run segments remain unchanged from the previous three years, in order to provide a better race experience, some changes have been made to the cycle route, which will enable cyclists to pass through some scenic coastal routes along the Ghar Hasan area. This change in route was also designed with increased safety in mind as well as to minimise inconvenience to the general public on the day.
“The Malta Triathlon Federation welcomes such initiatives as they are the medium to develop the various angles of multisport on the island” said Cyprian Dalli, President of the Malta Triathlon Federation. “We have been working closely with the organisers to ensure that all the necessary conditions are met. We are confident that with the experience and enthusiasm the race organisers have this race will be a success”.
Registration for the GARMIN MALTA 113KM LONG DISTANCE TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS will take place on Friday 9th May at Al Fresco Restaurant in B’Bugia, from 7pm – 9pm.
More information on the race can be obtained by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
In conjunction with the Malta Youth Triathlon Academy, a Duathlon race (run-bike-run) will be held on the day. The race is open for children and youths aged between 6 – 16 years of age and distances will vary depending on the age group registered. Distances will be as follows:-
Under 6 - 200m Bike / 50m Run
Under 10 - 400m Run / 1km Bike / 400m Run
Under 13 - 600m Run / 1.5k Bike / 600m Run
Under 16 - 800m Run / 3k Bike / 800m Run
Registration for children’s races can be done on the day however parents are strongly advised to notify organisers by Saturday 10th May their intention to participate. More information on the children’s race can be obtained by sending an email to email@example.com
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