Malta Marathon

Mdina 2 Spinola Race & Route

The 2020 Intersport Mdina 2 Spinola Traditional Xmas Road Race – Sunday 20th December:

Organiser:
Malta Marathon Organising Committee, PO Box 1, Zebbug, ZBG1000, Malta

Under the current Covdi-19 situaton we will have to limit the number 2020 Intersport M2S participants.

In order to be able to stage the 2020 Intersport M2S under the restrictions and measures to mitigate the Covid 19, we will only be accepting applications from thoses athletes that have posted the fastest 600 M2S times over the past 2 years. Therefore only those that have run below 1:26:30 in these past 2 years are eligible to apply.

If the 600 places are still not taken up by the 8th November, we will open the applications to the next fastest athletes until all 600 places have been taken up. Once these are taken up not even those that did not apply previously and have a sub M2S 1:26:30 time will be applowed to participate 

Any times registered above 1:30:00 will automatically be disqualified.

 

Applications open: 
19th October 2020

Official application closing date:
15th November 2020 including receipt of the application fee or earlier if no more applications can be accepted. Applications are only guaranteed and confirmed upon receipt of the application fee which conform to the eligibility regulations.  which will be on a first come first served basis. The Organiser reserves the right to change the Official closing date at any time without prior notice. To Apply, go to the Application Forms page, late applications may not be accepted.

Registration
Participants must register and collect their race number, timing chips, pins and prebooked transport tickets from Intersport, Qormi from 1330 to 1800 1600 on Saturday 19th December.

Race numbers can only be collected by giving the registration official the applicant’s ID number or Passport Number, whichever was used to apply for the 2020 Intersport Mdina 2 Spinola.

Race numbers can be collected on behalf of an applicant by another person, however the ID number or Passport Number, whichever was used to apply for the 2020 Intersport Mdina 2 Spinola must be given to the registration official.

There will be no need to have the ID or passport in hand, the number will be enough.

Eligibility:

Unfortunately, due to the current situation, this year we are only able to accept 600 participants for the M2S. Only those athletes that have achieved a time below 1:26:30 in the M2S over the past 2 years will be eligible to apply for the 2020 M2S.

It is not possible to accept more participants at this moment. To do so, would mean having to close off roads for longer due to the required number of waves and time between each wave. Besides creating a health hazard we would create, the authorities will not give us a permit to hold the event. Another aspect taken into consideration, is the work being carried out in relation to the Central Link project.

Besides implementing measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we will still have the same health & safety measures that we have been used to for the past year. There will be adequate ambulances, qualified doctors, medical teams, road closures, coned roads and well over 100 points along the route manned by police and LESA officers. We will spare no cost to keep those participating safe. Due to the number of waves required and the departure time of the last wave, a substantial number of officers will not be able to move to a second point. Therefore we will be needing more officers to man the junctions we normally man.

To help us cover the costs for a race that usually attracts over 1,300 participants, we will have not have an early bird application rate but a normal rate of €25, which will be applicable till the 30th of November. From the 30th November, if any places remain avaiilable, a late application fee of €35 will apply. If the 600 places are still not taken up by the 8th November, we will open the applications to the next fastest athletes until all 600 places have been taken up. Once these are taken up not even those that did not apply previously and have a sub M2S 1:26:30 time will be applowed to participate 

Applications will not be accepted based on the best or anticipated times as we have amended our applications software to check the results of the past 2 years. However, the best and anticipated times should still be filled in.

If in the meantime, the current situation changes for the better or for the worse, we will act accordingly. If restrictions are lifted or eased, we may be able to increase the number of participants, but this is not dependant on us.

Transfer of numbers will only be allowed if the person to whom the number being transferred to, has run below 1:26:30 in the last 2 M2S editions.

If numbers are found to have been transferred to a person without the transfer being authorised by the Race Director (Joe Micallef) and updated in the system, both people involved in the transfer may be banished from all MMOC races.

Any times registered above 1:30:00 will automatically be disqualified.


The first 1,500 males and females who apply and pay the application fee and who are at least 17 years old on the day of the race.

Application Fees:

€12.00 for applications & fees received by the 31st October 2020.
€20.00 for applications & fees received from the 1st November 2020 to the 8th November 2020.
All others €25.00 (If places available and application accepted).

Application fees for participants registering on-line may be paid either by credit card or by sending a personal cheque by post. Cheques must accompany a printout of the filled in application form or a printout of the email received acknowledging that the application form is processed otherwise the cheque could be sent unaccompanied as long as the Application Code received by email is written on the back of the cheque.

When paying the application fee by bank transfer, the Application Code must be included in the transaction details of the bank transfer.

Application fees for participants not registering on-line must be paid by cheque and posted together with a clearly filled in application form.

Personal cheques are to be made payable to the ‘Malta Marathon’ and are to be sent to the ‘Malta Marathon’, PO Box 1, Zebbug, ZBG1000, Malta. Personal cheques may be written out for more than one application and can include the transport fee. Fees are non-refundable.

Application status:
Applicants applying on-line will automatically receive an email with the participant details as submitted, the application status at this stage would be Processed Not Paid.

Applicants paying on-line by credit card immediately after having applied on-line will automatically receive an email with the participant details as submitted, the application status at this stage would be Confirmed.

Applicants applying and paying the application fee by post or by bank transfer will receive an email with the participant details as submitted or with any adjustments requested by the applicant. The application status at this stage would be Confirmedas long as the fee is received before the race is full and the applications are closed.

Participants applying by post must provide a valid and clear email address for them to receive their confirmation.

Transport to the start:
€5.00, transport can only be booked on-line and will leave from Spinola at 0545 sharp. Participants who do not book, can only pay and board transport after all booked participants have boarded and only if there remain any empty seats, so don’t risk.

Baggage transport from the start to the finish shall be provided by DHL for everyone. There will be DHL vans at the start marked with a range of running numbers. Find the DHL van in which your running number fits in the range and place it in the van. You must provide your own bag, do not use and expensive bag but try to use an easily identifiable one. Do not put any valuable objects, just the necessities. We are not responsible for the loss or damage of any baggage or contents. Use this service at your own risk. The DHL vans will be in the car park close by the finish.

Transport tickets are to be presented before boarding the transport.

Application and Transport fees:
Application and Transport fees are non refundable and cannot be transferred to another event, even if in the unlikely event that the event is not held for whatever reason or the applicant is not able to participate.

Race numbers, pins and timing chips:
Race numbers, pins and timings chips will be given out at registration. Do not remove or tamper with your timing chip. The timing chip is embedded in a white strip at the back of the number.
Under no circumstance should you ever cross the start and finish lines with somebody else’s timing chip on you. Do not give your race number to anyone else, this could lead to your disqualification from future MMOC organised races.

Route:
The M2S route used for more than 30 years will remain unchanged. The distance is 10.8 miles or 17.4 km. As this is a traditional race, the route shall be marked in Miles

The route starts from outside Mdina and finishes in Spinola, there is a drop of 200 metres from start to finish.  The route passes through Attard, Hamrun, Blata B-Bajda (through Gattard House parking), along the waterfronts of Pieta, Msida, Ta’ Xbiex (up the ramp near Whitehall Mansions), Gzira, up Tower Road Sliema, the Sliema water front and all the way to the finish in Spinola.

Start time:
The M2S, will start from Mdina gate at 0700 and has a 2.5 hour  1 hour 30 minute time limit.

Finish line:
Spinola bay, the finish line will close at 0930 0830, water will be provided at the finish.

Commemorative medal:
All athletes finishing before 0930 0820hrs will be presented with an can collect an M2S commemorative medal after they cross the finish line as they cross the finish line.

Awards:
1st 5 Males, 1st 5 Females,
1st 3 Male Teams, 1st 3 Female Teams
1st Male U23, 1st Female U23
1st and 2nd M/F over 40, 1st and 2nd M/F over 45, 1st and 2nd M/F over 50, 1st and 2nd M/F over 55, 1st and 2nd M/F over 60,1st and 2nd M/F over 65,1st and 2nd M/F over 70

Special awards for 2020:

Award ceremony:
Awards will be given out after the race at the finish, please hang around as you may have won a prize. The MMOC is not responsible for awards not collected in person by the winners during the award giving ceremony.

There will be no award ceremony, award winners will be able to collect their award from a named Intersport outlet.

Team competition:
A team may represent any club or group, a team will consist of 3 runners.  Every 3 same sex, members of a club or group, who finish the event will be classified as having participated in the team competition.  Runners who do NOT name their team on their application form will NOT be classified as having participated in the team competition. Requests for team changes after an application form has been sent in, may only be made by the participant himself or herself. Team names deemed offensive or otherwise may not be accepted by the organisers. Team awards will be based on the overall positions of the individual team members. If 2 or more teams finish on equal points the top places will be awarded to the first team/s whose last participant finishes before the other team's last particpant.

Results:
Results will be available from the Malta Marathon website once they have been made official, participants who registered on-line or by post and who have given a valid and clear email address will be advised by email when the results are available.

Other race information:
The following are some important race details.

  1. Public toilet facilities are available close to the start as well as the finish.
  2. Athletes who in any way deface or fold their race number are liable to disqualification; numbers are to be worn on the front and are to be clearly visible.
  3. Athletes who are not clearly behind the start line at the start of their race are also liable to disqualification.
  4. Faster athletes should be given preference to stay at the front of the starting line, please do not hinder faster runners.
  5. There will be 2 water stations at approximately 5.5 miles and 9 miles and 1 sponge station at approximately at 8 miles.
  6. Miles will be marked along the route.  Markers are not necessarily precise but may only be indicative.
  7. There will be police and LESA offciers to control traffic in various parts of the route but remember the route is not traffic free, so we urge you to be cautious and where possible run on the pavements. Better to be safe than a couple of seconds faster.

Brief description and important notes about the route.

  • The start is just outside the bridge into Mdina. After roughly 100m the route turns down Saqqajja hill, on to Triq L-Imdina heading from Attard to Hamrun along the main roads. The route passes right through Hamrun heading out to Blata L-Bajda.
  • At Blata L-Bajda the route passes through the car park of Gattard House from near the Petrol station which is by the Peugeot showroom. Athletes will find the first water station at this point.
  • From beyond the car park of Gattard House and along Marina road till the traffic lights at the Pieta yacht marina there will be cones dividing the 2 traffic lanes, allowing athletes to use the outer lane of the traffic heading towards Msida exclusively. Athletes are to keep to the outer lane until directed to change sides of the road at the Pieta traffic lights. Police will stop traffic as athletes cross from one side of the road to the other. Athletes should not change lanes before directed to do so. More cones will divide the 2 lanes from the Pieta traffic lights to the next set of traffic lights at Msida.
  • The route near Whitehall mansions in Ta’ Xbiex veers onto the ramp, unlike the marathon route. Athletes are to cross the road and run up the ramp and down it again from the other end.
  • Once down the ramp, athletes are again to cross the road where they will find a sponge station. Athletes are not to pass through the Ta’ Xbiex yacht marina.
  • The 2nd water station will be found at the Sliema ferries, after which the route veers up Tower road from where it passes along the waterfront till the finish in Spinola.

Malta Marathon Organising Committee

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