Marathons in Malta
If you enjoy walking, jogging or running, Malta certainly has a marathon that suits your style and ability
Local marathons surprise foreign participants due to the pleasant, sunny climate that pampers athletes in the Winter months. More so, the events happen in historic surroundings and scenic valleys which present an excellent backdrop for the participants to enjoy.
The Malta Marathon
is a yearly event which boasts three options: the full marathon, the half marathon and the Walkathon.
The full marathon is the most challenging of the three marathons and starts off from Mdina
and passes through Rabat
, Mtarfa, Ta’Qali, Mosta
, Attard, Pieta, Gzira and finally ends in Sliema
. The route is 42 kilometers in length and is recommended for trained athletes. The drop in height from the starting point (Mdina) to the ending point (Sliema) is of approximately 200 meters and the route must be completed in less than 5 hours.
The half marathon follows a similar route but cuts through parts of Ta’ Qali and Mosta so as to reduce the distance, presenting a 21 kilometer path. This marathon is of moderate difficulty and may be attempted by most joggers within a time limit of just under four hours.
The Walkathon follows the same route of the half marathon described above yet is approached at a more leisurely pace by its participants. Results from previous marathons, route maps and application forms may be obtained by clicking here
Another interesting marathon is the Marathon Challenge Malta
regularly held in November each year. The marathon is held over 3 days and is just under 42 kilometers in length. The first day’s race starts in Mdina and heads towards Buskett
, then Dingli Cliffs and finally ends in Rabat with a time limit of 1.45 hours and a distance of around 11.2 kilometers. The second day’s race starts at entirely different part of Malta - departing from St. George’s Bay and ending in Birzebbuga with an hour time limit and 6 kilometers of terrain to cover. The third and final stage of the marathon is the longest, with 25 kilometers to cover in under 4.15 hours from St. Paul’s Bay to Valletta
. You can get additional information about this marathon here
Official marathons are supported by local authorities and police regularly watch over and manage traffic diversions to accommodate participants and offer them a safe experience. Organisers setup water, sponge and sanitary stations en route.
Malta also offers a significant amount of competitive races for eligible runners who wish to test their skills. Application fees are moderate and distances vary to suit all types of running styles and abilities.