By: Leila Thanopoulos

Feelings of triumph followed the sweaty exhaustion of 15,000 athletes who participated in the 11th Opap Limassol-GSO Marathon. Running a marathon isn’t the average persons morning forte, but when scenic views of the Mediterranean sea act as a motivator, amazing things can happen.

The marathon spread along the scenic coastline of Limassol, and had International participants from 61 countries, from as young as 6 years old to 70 years old. It was a celebratory spring event of will-power and friendship; where people from diverse backgrounds were united by running side to side in picturesque surroundings.

In order to include a diverse range of participants, in addition to the full marathon, the event also held a Half Marathon, a 10K Energy Race, a 5K City Race, a 5K Corporate Team Race and a 1K Kids Race. Kenyan victory was announced after both the main and half marathon had Kenyan participants take first place, including Joeal Maina Mwangi, who set a new record time of 1:02:52.

Once again, the city of Limassol brought lively culture and international spirit to Cyprus. With its impressive promenade and seaside views, its no wonder this years marathon was a record breaking success. Congratulations to all 15,000 participants who ran with pride and prosperity under the island’s spring sun!