Monday, 24 February 2014

Annual Events:

Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon 2014


The annual Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon took place yesterday. Heralded as a great success, this year’s event was the biggest in the marathon’s 7 year history, with 1464 participants from 35 countries taking part. 




Early morning the atmosphere was electric as participants, officials and supporters gathered at the Beau Vallon Promenade for the start of the race, with the serious runners partaking in the marathon and half-marathon divisions setting off at 7am, whilst the fun-runners competing in the various 5km and 10km events taking off at 8am. 


Minister of Tourism and Culture
Alain St. Ange
With starters gun in hand, Minister for Tourism and Culture Mr. Alain St. Ange did the honours of opening this year’s Eco-Friendly Marathon, which has become a highlight on the country’s annual events calendar. 

From Austria to Poland and Jordan to Japan, 35 countries were represented in the menagerie of faces and feet that set off along the course.  Trailing behind Seychelles with 890 participants were Korea with 43, Britain with 32 and South Africa with 25. Denmark, Uganda, Norway, Canada and Slovakia are just some of the many other nationalities that took part in this year’s event. 


Over 35 nationalities participated
in this year's marathon
The inaugural Eco-Friendly Marathon in 2008 saw a humble 338 runners take part, but the competition has grown steadily over the years, with an increase in interest from both local and international competitors.

Missed out on this year’s event? Then dust off your running shoes because you have a year to train for the next one!




{ This article, by Niki Gower, was originally published (in part) in the TODAY in Seychelles Newspaper on the 24.02.2014 (www.today.sc) }



     
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