Is Limassol the sporting capital of Cyprus?
It dawned on me recently at just how many amateur sporting events in Limassol I keep getting invited to via Facebook. Everything from diving to boxing, to biking to running, and just about everything in between. As a keen runner myself, I'm part of the Limassol Running Club which keeps me pretty busy.
The latest to be added to my list of sporting invites, Dragon Boat Racing at Germasogeia Dam this Sunday 20th, event starts 9 A.M. Looks like a lot of fun and for sure we'll be going along to support this Limassol event. When I look back over the last year, I don't think a month has gone by without a Limassol sporting event request on Facebook. This is just fantastic and makes us very happy, Limassol and indeed Cyprus is fast growing up and becoming a super sporty city. Another example is our Cycle lane which is growing across Limassol with local government support. It also occurred to us that due to the increase in local amateur sports, there's now even a thriving Sports Massage business in Limassol. Ouch!...
We've also got the Limassol Marathon coming up in March 16th 2014, which is by far the biggest mass participation sports event in Cyprus, the expected number of runners for 2014 is over 5000. Ok, so it's not London or New York, but this race is now just 7 years old and started with some 13 runners turning up one Sunday morning to run 42K along the Limassol coastline. Given time, we believe this will be one of the greatest marathons in Europe and with it's incredible coastline route, one of the most beautiful too. And not many people know about this one, Cyprus also hosts one of the world's toughest running race in July each year, check out Cyprus Ultra. Runners from all over the world converge in the Limassol mountains (Vasa Kellakiou) during one of the hottest weekends of the year to attempt to run non stop, 135 miles in less than 48 hours. Insane? So far they have only ever had one finisher.
So back to my question, is Limassol the sporting capital of Cyprus? You bet, and of course we are not being biased :)
Bye for now