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.
New for 2018 is that the 21km event is a QUALIFIER for the Xterra Trail Running World Championships to be held in Maui!!!
The 50k Ultra Distance is recognised for 2 ITRA points and a qualifier for international trail races.
This event is organised by Hellfire Events, the same organisers 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 organisation 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 8:00am 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 11:00am from Ghajnsielem and is a non-competitive event. It’s however, possibly one of the toughest routes in the Mediterranean!