The Lisa Maria Me­mo­rial Dingli 10 race

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

Since 1991, the Dingli 10 has be­come es­tab­lished as a tra­di­tion and one of the most pres­ti­gious races on the lo­cal run­ning cal­en­dar. The Dingli 10 is known for its scenic beauty and the chal­leng­ing route.

Fol­low­ing the sup­port and co­op­er­a­tion re­ceived from the Lisa Maria Foun­da­tion, this year be­ing the 27th edi­tion, the event will be known as The Lisa Maria Me­mo­rial Dingli 10 pow­ered by Ga­torade. The Foun­da­tion is a non-gov­ern­ment, non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion with its main ob­jec­tives be­ing to safe­guard chil­dren and young peo­ple from harm.

This year the race will be held on Sun­day, 19 March and will start from Triq il-Kbira (near the Dingli Ceme­tery) and will fin­ish near Gnien il-Had­diem in Triq ilMad­dalena.

The route is a fairly tough and hilly loop. Af­ter an ini­tial “flat- tish” one-mile loop around Savio Col­lege, run­ners pro­ceed to­wards the Ni­gret area in Ra­bat. The course goes down to Fid­dien Val­ley (the four-mile mark). For three miles, run­ners fol­low var­i­ous coun­try roads, with oc­ca­sional flat respites. The eighth and ninth miles start with a short and steep hill, fol­lowed by a down­hill stretch to­wards the spec­tac­u­lar Dingli Cliffs, and fur­ther rises and falls along the cliffs’ panoramic road, which sap the en­ergy re­serves of all but the very tough­est!

The fi­nal mile is a fast dash back to­wards the Dingli vil­lage cen­tre, fi­nally down­hill, for a wellde­served wel­come ap­plause from the spec­ta­tors and a nice com­mem­o­ra­tive medal.

The main race will start at 8.30am to­gether with the walkaton, and shortly af­ter there will be a Ju­nior Race for ath­letes un­der 17 over a dis­tance of 2kms. Schools are urged to en­cour­age their stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in the Ju­nior Race.

There are many prizes to be won in all three races, apart from a com­mem­o­ra­tive medal for all the fin­ish­ers, in­clud­ing par­tic­i­pants in the Ju­nior Race.

Ap­pli­ca­tion forms are avail­able from the Club’s web­site www.stpatrick­ and Face­book.

In all, about 400 par­tic­i­pants took part in the 10 Mile Road Race last year and hope­fully the turnout will be even big­ger this year.

Race num­ber and goody bags to be col­lected from Radis­son Blu Re­sort, St Ju­lian's on Satur­day, 11 March from 9am to 2pm and Tues­day, 14 March from 5 to 7pm.

Race num­bers and goody bags will not be dis­trib­uted on the day of the race.

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