Highs The Akamas mixed-terrain half-marathon on the Saturday. Travelling through the Akamas Forest before descending to an 8km stretch of stunning coastal road and then finishing on the beach and cooling off in the Mediterranean is an experience that will live long in the memory.
The physical exhaustion of four consecutive days of tough running, so much so that it may be difficult to enjoy the festivities on Sunday night as the weekend draws to a close.
The Cyprus International 4-day Challenge takes place annually in November and this year will see the 10th anniversary of this great weekend of tough, yet rewarding, physical activity.
The Thursday-Sunday festival of endurance running has grown in popularity ever since its inception in 2004, and now sees a plethora of competitors migrate to this picturesque island in southeast Europe on an annual basis.
Cyprus is the ideal setting for an event of this nature. As well as its natural beauty and favourable climate, the fact that this is a year-round tourist destination ensures that the island is well equipped with an abundance of fine hotels and other useful tourist amenities, and it is also within sensible flying distance from pretty much everywhere in Europe.
In this event, you will compete in four different races that take place over the four days. The times for each race will be added together to give you an overall total for your entire weekend, and it is through this formula that a winner is crowned.
Like most running events, the Cyprus International 4-day Challenge includes serious runners who are there to compete as well as those who simply wish to experience the weekend.
It all kicks off on Thursday evening when competitors take part in a 6km individual time trial on a flat road course to ease themselves into proceedings.
On Friday, the ante is well and truly upped as competitors complete a challenging 11km hill-climb race. Saturday sees Akamas mixed-terrain half-marathon, which is simply breathtaking. Although this is the longest stretch of running, the beautiful scenery will definitely ease the physical pain.
On Sunday, the Paphos 10km road race is the final hurdle that must be overcome, and a festival atmosphere grips the place on Sunday evening as you finish the weekend off in style!
This four-day event offers a level of variety that is scarcely seen in other events, and is definitely one for the bucket list.
The 10th anniversary kicks off on Thursday, November 20, 2014 and ends on Sunday, November 23.
How to get there/ Where to stay?
Cyprus is within a few hours flying distance of any European country, and Paphos is about a four-hour flight from Dublin. Cyprus airways is a proud sponsor of this event, and they offer a 20pc discount to competitors as well as immediate friends and family, which is a nice touch.
The Coral Beach Hotel and resort is the official hotel and HQ of this event. This is a five-star hotel, so if one is looking for something more price appropriate there is a wide selection of hotels in Southern Cyprus because of its reputation as an extremely popular tourist attraction.
All relevant information regarding this event can be found at www.cypruschallenge.com/ cyprus-akamas/event-hotel
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