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Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club
Eurosport Malta International Challenge Marathon
Eurosport Malta International Challenge Marathon
Incorporating the 10 miles (16Km), 5Km, 21Km Individual races and the Team Challenge Relay
A brief history of the Malta International Challenge Marathon
The brainchild of Barry Whitmore, a marathon runner with several international marathons
under his belt, the Malta International Challenge Marathon was incepted back in 1991 when
the first ever
race took place.
For the past twenty-five years, the Malta International Challenge Marathon, has been Malta’s
only multiday race, a staple event on the Maltese athletic calendar, attracting locals and
Spread over a period of three consecutive days, athletes cover a distance which measures exactly
This race has attracted well known local athletes such as Keith Galea, Jonathan Balzan, Brian
Magri, Andrew Grech, Charlton Debono, Joe Pace, Joelle Cortis, Josann Attard Pulis, Carol Walsh
and Carmen Hili
as well as multiple winner David Mansbridge from England to mention a few.
The introduction of relay teams in 2014 saw a new influx of runners who wanted to be part of the
buzz this event generates but who do not necessarily want or have the ‘miles’ in their legs
to undertake the whole distance.
Over the years the race has welcomed over 5,000 runners on the starting line, representing over
27 countries from across all continents.
With the every growing participation and demands such a race brings with it, 2015 saw Race
Founder Barry Whitmore feel the need to pass on the helm to Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club
garnered years of experience in race organization and whose experience will be pivotal to making
this event becoming even more prominent on the map of world marathon running.
As of 2016, the Malta International Challenge Marathon will see a change in distances covered
per day as well as a global change in race venues. The Marathon will kick off on Friday 25th
with a 10 mile (16k) race to be held in Siggiewi, the next stage held on Saturday 26th November
in Marsascala consisting of a 5k race and the third and final leg will be a 21km (half marathon)
race on Sunday 27th November in Bugibba. Athletes can sign up for the full distance, or any of
the three distances individually or as a relay team of three with each member of the team
undertaking one day each.
The Malta International Challenge Marathon will be held under the auspices of the Malta Amateur
Athletics Association and following IAAF rules.
Starting and finishing in the centre of the quaint village of Siggiewi in the south of the Island.
This 10 Mile stage (16.097 km) heads south out of Siggiewi from the church main square with the church
at your back, at the bottom take a right turn through Old Parish Street, then into Triq Lapsi until
you reach the Siggiewi by pass. At this 4 exit round about, take the third right in the direction of
Dar tal-Providenza and Ghar Lapsi.
Passing this residential home on your right, on the 117, downhill towards the coast road, the most Southern
Cliffs of Malta. On reaching the cliffs, take the left bend staying on the main road, following the 117 passing
Mnajdra Temples on your right. Keeping on the 117 passing close by Hagar Qim Temples, Wied Hoxt, Wied Iz-Zurrieq and
Blue Grotto on your right. You are now heading in the direction of Zurrieq, passing Demsey Aluminum workshop on your
left in the direction of Il-Munqar and the Zurrieq by pass, still on the 117. Following on Triq Wied Iz-Zurrieq into
Triq Il-Wied and then into Vjal Il-Blue Grotto (Zurrieq bypass). At the roundabout where the Petrol Station is on your
left, the road changes from the 117 to road 31 heading in the direction of Kirkop and the International Airport.
At the ST Microelectronics roundabout you take a left turn on to road 28, direction Mqabba. Onwards into Mqabba main square,
sharp right turn into Triq Id-Duluri, a narrow street. From Triq Is-Siggiewi at bottom of this road turn right on to
Triq Tas-Sejba, keeping airport perimeter fence on the right and you pass Hal-Farrug and Ta Kandja Headquarters in the
direction of Siggiewi. On the Siggiewi bypass we do a 200mts there and back “dog’s leg” to get the correct distance.
Turn left and up small hill (finish of MAAA 5 kms race) and back into Siggiewi Main Square. This is a single out and back
“anti-clockwise” loop with the start and finish together. Water stations at 4 km, 8 km, 12 km and finish.
Race Start Time
Starting and finishing in the centre of the seaside resort of Marsascala near the church in Triq Iz Zonqor, in the
very south east of the Island. The start takes you through the very centre of town on Triq Ix-Xatt, with the sea to
your left, past Summer Nights Restaurant and then keeping to the left and left again into Triq Is-Salini, with the Bay
of Marsaskala still on your left, heading towards the old Jerma Palce Hotel and Mamo Tower on to St. Thomas Bay.
Here you enter Triq Ir-Ridott where the road bends to the left and then right. At the “T” junction you take a left into
Triq Il-Qaliet towards St. Thomas Bay. On reaching St. Thomas Bay, take a right into Triq Tal-Gardiel, continue into the
“one way” system for about 1 km, passing the Duck lakes on your left until you reach the Bay again at Il-Maghluq, returning
back to Marsascala.
When reaching the busy Grabiel Restaurant junction again, keep to the left for 100mts and then a right across the busy road
of Triq San Antnin, opposite the HSBC bank into Triq Sant Anna. Here you have about 1km to go, when you reach the small
roundabout at Agius (close to the start), left and left again into the short road of Triq Knisia. A quick right into
Triq La Sengle and another quick right into Triq Bur.
At the “T” junction of Triq San Gwakkin you turn right with just about 200 mts to the finish at the Marsaskala church. This
is a single out & back “clockwise” loop with the start and finish in the same place. Water station at the finish only.
Race Start Time
‘1/2’ Marathon (21.097 km)
Starting and finishing in the seaside resorts of Bugibba and Qawra, on the north – east side of Malta. Starting close to the
Bugibba Salt Pans & Marina Jetty in Triq Bugibba, about 600mts north of Qawra Square, into Dawret Il-Gzejjer, passing the
Qawra Square into Islet Promenade. The race passes the Dolmen Resort and San Antoine hotels on your right, towards the point,
continuing into Trqi It-Trunciera where you will pass the finish line at the new Bugibba Aquarium and the Qawra point.
Both start and finish are within easy walk / jog from our race H.Q. Dolmen Resort and the San Antoine 4* hotels. Following the
coast line in Dawret Il-Qawra, passing the Qawra Palace and Suncrest Hotels on your right eventually passing the Bellavista Hotel
on your right where you take a left on to Triq J. F. Kennedy on to national road 1.
On reaching the coast road of Kennedy Drive and passing Kennedy Grove on your left, you reach the new roundabout on Triq Is-Salini
at the start of the Salt Pans where the race turns sharp right off the coast road on to road 120 towards Naxxar. Continuing towards Naxxar,
passing left hand turnings to Il-Bajjad, Ta’Lucija and Maghtab, you eventually reach a small roundabout just before Ta’Alla W Ommu.
A few metres after this small roundabout you cross the main road into road 118 which will take you pass Santa Katarina, pass the two
commercial and industrial estates continuing pass L-Ghadira on your way to Burmarrad.
Once at the main national road 16 you turn left into the one way system until you pass the church on your right and then right around
the church, following the flow of the one way system. Arriving at Scotts Supermarket there is a small country road 118, Triq Il-Wardija,
direction Wardija and the Victoria lines.
You will pass Maria Regina College on your right and Busewdien, Il-Qolla and Bidnija on your left as the road changes to Triq
Busewdien. On reaching the “T” junction at Ras Il-Wied, take the right turn for Dar Ta’L’ Argentier and San Martin. On this road 118
as you start to go uphill again you will pass Ta’ Garrum, Ghar Ta’ San Martin and Hotba Ta’ San Martin as the road starts to descend passing
Il-Palma on your left into Triq San Martin to eventually reach the main road between Gnejna Tuffieha Bay and Xemxija called Triq Ghajn Tuffieha.
Here you take a right turn (against the traffic) direction Xemxija, once at the first roundabout cross over to the second
roundabout, again cross over into Triq San Pawl, with Saint Paul’s Bay to your left. Here you follow the “old” road through
St. Paul’s Bay passing Ghajn Rasul, Tal-Veccja, Tax Xama and Ta’ L-Ghazzenin to your left.
Following the old main road through St. Pauls Bay, just before you reach Azzopardi Fisheries, here we take a left into Triq Sant
Aristarku and a quick left into Toni Bajjada down to the coast and fishing bay at Gillieru Restaurant. At this point you are on
Triq Bugibba & back to the Marina where you started from with just under 1.6km to go to the finish.
From here you enter into Dawret Il-Gzejjer and follow the coast road with the sea to your left passing on the same route as you
passed at the start. Finally reaching Trqi It-Trunciera where you take a left over the pavement to enter the “traffic free” inner area
and finish line at the new Qawra Aquarium. This is a single “out and back” “clockwise” loop with the start and finish approx. 1.6km from
each other. Water stations at 5km, 10km, 15km and at the finish line.
Total: Three days
**NB: Under IAAF and AIMS course measurement rules and regulation, a tolerance of 0.1% of
the total Marathon
distance is allowed, in this case it is +/- 42.195 metre . This tolerance can be over all
three races, just
two races or even just one race.**