A coast-hugging, 50km/21km trail-running event that circumvents the island of Gozo, a jewel in the Mediterranean and sister island of Malta. One of the most beautiful venues for a race is in springtime, in the Mediterranean, and the island of Gozo is the perfect mix of beach, cliff-edge, lush valleys, and small villages.
The race cut-off times are relaxed to encourage beginners to take part, and those wishing to enjoy the trail, rather than race it. The 21km trail is run over the last part of the course, finishing in Ghajnsielem. Avid cyclists are encouraged to participate in the Mountain Bike Challenge that follows the 50km run route.
The RUN events are a QUALIFIER for the XTERRA Trail Running World Championships to be held on the Hawaiian island of Oahu on November 24.
The 50k Ultra Distance is recognized for 2 ITRA points and a qualifier for international trail races.
This event is organized by Hellfire Events, the same organizers of XTERRA Malta, and is fast becoming an international attraction for the Island of Gozo, with over 20 countries participating. Whilst the field is small, the organization is top-notch, with volunteers manning rest & food stops along the route and full mobile Accident & Emergency crew throughout the race.
Check out the photo gallery here!
The Garmin route can be found here
The Event starts at 8:00 am in Ghajsielem and has a 10hr cut-off time. The shorter 21km starts around 10.30am from a point between Ghasri/Marsalforn.
The Mountain Bike starts around 11:00 am from Ghajnsielem and is a non-competitive event. It’s however, possibly one of the toughest routes in the Mediterranean!