Up to a few years ago, the scenic views of Wied iż-Żurrieq were part of the Żurrieq Half Marathon, organised annually by the Żurrieq Wolves Athletic Club.

The route, however, had to be altered in order to make it faster. This change meant a shift away from the promenade to a flatter route.

“Wied iż-Żurrieq will make yet one more comeback this year as it has been chosen as the landmark to feature on the medals of the Express Trailers Żurrieq Half Marathon and 10K on Nov. 13,” the organisers said in a statement.

“One aspect that has characterised this race since the partnership between Żurrieq Wolves and Express Trailers is the design of the medals handed out to all finishers.  For the past three years, the medals have always had a unique design which included a landmark in Żurrieq or its environs, namely the Xarolla Windmill (2013), Bubaqra Tower (2014) and Blue Grotto (2015).”

These medals are now becoming a collectors’ item particularly for those who participate every year.

“This race is growing not only in attendance but also from all aspects of logistics and organisation and we are glad that, in line with the medal designs of previous editions, the 2016 medal features another special landmark – Wied iż-Żurrieq,” Franco Azzopardi, Express Trailers chairman, said.

The medal designer is Pawlu Mizzi who will be running again this year.

Mizzi said: “This location inspires me not only because of the contrast between land and sea but also due to the element of the open spaces in this location.”

The races in November mark the renewal of the three-year sponsorship between Żurrieq Wolves and Express Trailers. Events are organised in conjunction with the Żurrieq Local Council.

Applications for this year’s races are flowing in steadily and the target is to have another record entry for the fourth year running.

One may obtain more details through www.maltamarathon.com.


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