The Zurich Marathon Malaga will now also have a half marathon event
NEW for 2018 revised marathon run course and the addition of the half marathon event.
‘Sabor a Málaga’ supports the events and provide nutrition for the runners with locally sourced products from Malaga region.
Preparation for the ninth edition of the Zurich Marathon Málaga is well underway. On December 9 the runners conquer the streets of the Andalusian city, on a new improved route making the runners experience of Zurich Malaga Marathon as enjoyable as possible.
At a ceremony held at Plaza de la Farola, the organization announced the introduction of the half marathon event which will be held at the same time as the marathon. The Mayor of Málaga, Paco de la Torre, was present at the ceremony, and recognised how «important it is for the city to host the marathon» and stressed that the marathon is a «very important event for Malaga».
The president of the Port Authority, Paulino Plata, declared he is «delighted that the Port of Malaga is the stage for sporting events such as the Zurich Marathon Malaga. The Director of Marketing and Communication of Zurich Insurance, Spain; Silvia Heras, stated that «the company is fully united with the spirit of the runners and the values sport represents. In Malaga, we will enjoy an authentic celebration, with our employees,partners, distributors, customers and all participants in the marathon events and celebrate the conquering of obstacles. »
Pablo López-Barajas, director of Atresmedia Eventos has made it clear that one of the main objectives for the race organization is to «obtain the IAAF bronze level road race certification.» He also emphasized the expansion of the event » by adding the half marathon, and also with the Breakfast Run, and the children’s races. «On behalf of the Diputación de Málaga, Jacobo Florido Gómez, commented in regards to the new partnership between the Malaga institution and Malaga marathon through the brand ‘Sabor a Málaga’. He said «It is important that sport and quality food products go hand in hand and in Malaga, that will be the case”.
The Andalusian Athletics Federation president, Enrique López stated; «One of the great successes of the Zurich Marathon Málaga is to combine a elite race with a mass participation race in which people participate for their health and enjoyment», he declared. Abel Antón and Martín Fiz, ambassadors of the event, have positively supported the inclusion of the half marathon.»The half marathon is a fantastic distance for people starting to run longer distances» said Fiz, while Anton said he was «delighted» that more people can run with us, that is part of the beauty of this marathon. Every year we are very proud of this wonderful city. »
The new layout is designed with the aim of offering the runner a better route in which to enjoy the marathon but also to do it as fast as possible. A clear commitment by the organization to create a fast course where participants can improve their personal best times, while running next to the sea.
The main change to the route is the inclusion of the bridge, reinforcing the back drop of the sea and passing through «La Farola» which was a favourite with runners in the previous edition. The route will pass through Calle Bolivia and Avenida Salvador Allende, in the neighborhood of Palo, before returning through Avenida Juan Sebastián Elcano. A change was made to allow a wider space for the runners with the anticipated increase in participants. The organization has confirmed that the half marathon and full marathon will start together and follow the same route for the first half of the marathon, where the half marathon finish line will be located.
The Málaga council, through its brand ‘Sabor a Málaga’ will also be represented at the Zurich Marathon Málaga. It is a line of quality of food products from Malaga region. In this way the event becomes a perfect showcase not only for the brand, but as an opportunity to provide healthy nutrition to the runners.
There are more than 2,000 participants registered for the events, this number is set to increase in the coming months. Zurich Marathon Malaga aims to be among the five most popular events in the country. Entry registration is open online at (zurichMarathonmalaga.es) on September 30 there is a slight price increase in the registration fee.