Leptos Cyprus International 4-Day Challenge Concludes with Thrilling Success

December 5, 2023

The Leptos Cyprus International 4-Day Challenge, a dynamic and adventurous staged running event, unfolded its breathtaking courses from 23rd to 26th November 2023, captivating runners of all levels in the picturesque landscapes of Paphos and the Akamas Nature Reserve Park.

Hosted by Arena Sports in Cyprus and Mike Gratton, an esteemed ex London Marathon winner from 2:09 Events in the UK, the event showcased a unique combination of road, trail, and cross-country running, making it a challenging and unforgettable experience for participants.

Over the course of four days, runners embarked on four distinct races that tested their endurance and skills:

  • 6k Time Trial: The event kicked off with a gripping 6k time trial, setting the stage for the challenges that lay ahead.
  • 11k Mountain Trail Run: Participants then navigated the rugged terrains of a mountain trail, experiencing the natural beauty of the Akamas Nature Reserve Park.
  • Multi-terrain Half Marathon: The third day presented a multi-terrain half marathon, pushing runners to new limits with a diverse and challenging course.
  • 10k City Run: The final day concluded with a thrilling 10k City Run, providing a unique blend of urban excitement against the backdrop of the scenic city of Paphos.

The Leptos Cyprus International 4-Day Challenge attracted runners from various corners of the globe, all drawn to the allure of Cyprus and its stunning landscapes. The Akamas Peninsula, with its panoramic sea-sky-earth motif, provided a spectacular backdrop for each leg of the event.

The diversity of the terrains and the stunning views along the routes made this edition of the Leptos Cyprus International 4-Day Challenge truly special. We were thrilled to see runners of all levels pushing their limits and embracing the spirit of adventure.

The event’s success would not have been possible without the support of the local community, the dedicated organising team and its sponsors including the Leptos Group, Coral Beach Hotel & Resort, Iasis Hospital, Visit Cyprus, the Deputy Ministry of Tourism, EuropCar, RockFm Cyprus and KEO. Plans are already in motion for next year’s event, promising even more excitement and challenges for running enthusiasts.

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