Global Run Val­letta route for run­ners and walk­ers un­veiled

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

Run­ners and walk­ers are in­vited to take part in the in­au­gu­ral edition of Global Run Val­letta (GRV) 2016, which cel­e­brates the beauty of cap­i­tal Val­letta and raises funds for Put­tinu Cares.

Be­ing or­gan­ised on Sun­day 30 Oc­to­ber by Global Ports Hold­ing – the world’s largest cruise port op­er­a­tor and the ma­jor­ity share­holder in Val­letta Cruise Port – GRV 2016 will fea­ture a 10K run, a 5K run and a 5K walk on a course that starts (8am) and fin­ishes (11am) at the Val­letta Wa­ter­front.

Reg­is­tra­tion for the 10K and 5K is open to all per­sons above the age of 18, while the 5K walk is open to any­one born till 2011. The fee for 10K run is €10, €5 for the 5K run, and €5 for the 5K walk. Reg­is­tra­tion can be com­pleted on www.glob­al­run­val­letta.com.

Each par­tic­i­pant who com­pletes the route - whether run­ning or walk­ing - is awarded a unique medal es­pe­cially minted for this oc­ca­sion.

How­ever, medals are not the only recog­ni­tion as the top run­ners will take home awards based on the cat­e­gories of 10K and 5K but also by age-groups.

In the gen­eral cat­e­gory of 10K and 5K, the top five men and top five women will re­ceive the awards and in the age cat­e­gory, the top three win­ners will be awarded in the fol­low­ing groups: 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 plus with ages cal­cu­lated as on the day of the race. As an added in­cen­tive, an ath­lete who wins an award from the gen­eral cat­e­gory will not be el­i­gi­ble for an award in the age groups.

Fam­i­lies with tod­dlers in pushchairs and trikes are par­tic­u­larly wel­comed for the 5K walk. The cel­e­bra­tions and fun ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to the race will get un­der­way a day ear­lier on Satur­day 29th Oc­to­ber, when race kits can also be picked up. Both the events on Satur­day and Sun­day are fam­ily ori­ented.

This high-qual­ity event will be held in ac­cor­dance with the reg­u­la­tions of the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Athletics Fed­er­a­tion (IAAF) and the Malta Am­a­teur Athletics As­so­ci­a­tion (MAAA) whose Pres­i­dent Ed­win At­tard said: “Run­ning for All is a ma­jor tar­get adopted by Euro­pean Athletics, our par­ent body, to achieve its no­ble ob­jec­tive, mak­ing athletics “OUR SPORT FOR LIFE”. What bet­ter way to give value to these healthy ac­tiv­i­ties than adding the pic­turesque back­drop of our mag­nif­i­cent Grand Har­bour and the con­tours of our his­toric, cap­i­tal city Val­letta. At the Malta Am­a­teur Athletics As­so­ci­a­tion we aim to make this event an an­nual fea­ture of the sport­ing cal­en­dar and an in­ter­na­tional ap­point­ment on the Euro­pean Cal­en­dar.”

“Put­tinu Cares works hard to ease the suf­fer­ing of chil­dren and their fam­i­lies who are un­der­go­ing can­cer treat­ment. Presently, ev­ery month, 90 pa­tients re­quire fur­ther treat­ment in UK. Put­tinu pro­vides the nec­es­sary ac­com­mo­da­tion with stays that can stretch for weeks, months and even years in the U.K. for both pa­tients and their re­spec­tive rel­a­tives. We are very proud to be work­ing to­gether with Global Run Val­letta in this ini­tia­tive so that we will con­tinue with our mis­sion,” said Dr Vic­tor Cal­vagna, Pres­i­dent of Put­tinu Cares Foun­da­tion.

“Val­letta em­bod­ies the great spirit of dis­cov­ery, cul­ture, and di­ver­sity – all val­ues that drive Global Ports Hold­ing in con­nect­ing mil­lions of cruise pas­sen­gers at its 12 ports in eight coun­tries. Our aim is to make Global Run se­ries a hall­mark event at all of our port des­ti­na­tions,” said, Emre Sayin, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Global Ports Hold­ing.

“Val­letta is widely searched and recog­nised in the world of tourism. Through the Global Run Val­letta, Global Ports Hold­ing wants an event that cel­e­brates the beauty of Val­letta but also pro­pels the City for the first time into the world of sport,” said Stephen Xuereb, Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer of Global Ports Hold­ing and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Val­letta Cruise Port (VCP).

It is to be noted that more than 60 run­ners from abroad have reg­is­tered for the in­au­gu­ral edition of the Global Run Val­letta (GRV), adding to the num­bers of ar­rivals in what is al­ready a record-break­ing year for the Mal­tese tourism in­dus­try.

The Chair­man of Malta Tourism Au­thor­ity Dr Gavin Gu­lia said: “Sport tourism is be­com­ing an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant com­po­nent of our tourism prod­uct. To­gether with the Min­istry for Tourism and the var­i­ous stake­hold­ers in the pri­vate sec­tor, the Malta Tourism Au­thor­ity has been ac­tively pro­mot­ing this seg­ment in its var­ied dis­ci­plines. We wel­come this new event, and look for­ward to see­ing it grow in the years to come.”

The Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Re­search, In­no­va­tion, Youth and Sport, Chris Agius, noted that GRV was another ini­tia­tive de­mon­strating the im­por­tance that sport plays in Malta. “The gov­ern­ment wel­comed such ini­tia­tives by the pri­vate sec­tor which arises from the pos­i­tive vibe that reigns in our coun­try. Sport was bring­ing peo­ple from dif­fer­ent walks of life to­gether while also in­still­ing val­ues not found in other ac­tiv­i­ties. In ad­di­tion, such ini­tia­tives pro­vided op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to get ac­tive and lead a healthy life,” he said.

The ex­cite­ment sur­round­ing Global Run Val­letta 2016 can be fol­lowed on www.glob­al­run­val­letta.com or face­book.com/glob­al­run­series and instagram.com/glob­al­run­series

Stephen Xuereb show­ing the Global Run Val­letta route to (from left) Dr Vic­tor Cal­vagna, Hon Chris Agius and Dr Gavin Gu­lia

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