Express Trailers Zurrieq (Malta) Half Marathon & 10km

Zurrieq Half & 10k Race & Route

The 2020 Express Trailers Zurrieq Half Marathon and 10k – Sunday 8th November

Since the 2020 Express Trailers Zurrieq Half Marathon and 10k got cancelled, the applications for this race will be transferred to the 2021 Express Trailers Zurrieq Half Marathon and 10k. Closer to the date, the applicants will be given the chance to change from the half to the 10k or vice versa if they so wish.

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

Owner of the event: 
Zurrieq Wolves Athletic Club

Applications open: 
1st August 2020

Official application closing date:
11th October 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 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.

Participants must register and collect their race number, timing chips and pins from Intersport (exact out will be comunicated by emai to participants),  on Saturday 7th November from 1330 to 1700. 

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 Express Trailers Zurrieq Half Marathon & 10K.

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 Express Trailers Zurrieq Half Marathon & 10K 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.

Half Marathon: The first 300 males and females who apply and pay the application fee and who are at least 17 years old on the day of the race.
10k including Walk: The first 300 males and females who apply and pay the application fee and who are at least 15 years old on the day of the race.

Half Marathon  and 10k Application Fees:
€12.00 for applications and fees received by the 20th September 2020.

€15.00 for applications and fees received from the 21st September 2020 to the 11th October 2020.

€20.00 for applications and fees received and accepted after the 11thOctober 2020.

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. 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.

Application fees:
Application 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 cannot participate for whatever reason.

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.

Half Marathon and 10K Routes:
The topographical features and the bad state of a number of roads surrounding Zurrieq make finding an ideal route a difficult task. The Zurrieq Half Marathon was known for it's tough course so the Malta Marathon Organising Committee's prime task when asked to organise this event by the Zurrieq Wolves Athletic Club in 2013 was to change the route to one that was less strenuous and more attractive to prospective participants. Together with a new half marathon route the MMOC had to find a 10K route that was to be incorpoarted as a new event with the half marathon.

We believe that we have found 2 routes that will no longer make the Zurrieq event known for it's tough route. With the right weather conditions and a strong runner we are bound to see the Zurrieq Half Marathon record beaten.

Both the half marathon and 10K pass by a number of surrounding villages. There could be some changes to these routes.

Half Marathon:
The Half Marathon starts right in front of the Zurrieq Parish Church.
Start to 1km - Zurrieq to Qrendi
1km to 3km - Qrendi to Mqabba
3km to 5km - Mqabba to Kirkop
5km to 8km - Kirkop to Hal-Far
8km to 15km - Hal-Far past the Malta International Airport to Kirkop
15km to 17km - Round Kirkop
17km to 18km - Kirkop to Mqabba
18km to 20km - Mqabba to Qrendi
20km to 21km - Qrendi to Zurrieq
The finish is also opposite the Zurrieq Parish Church

The 10k starts right in front of the Zurrieq Parish Church.
Start to 3km - Zurrieq to Safi
3km to 4km - Safi to Kirkop
4km to 6km - Round Kirkop
6km to 7km - Kirkop to Mqabba
7km to 9km - Mqabba to Qrendi
9km to 10km - Qrendi to Zurrieq
The finish is also opposite the Zurrieq Parish Church

Start time:
The Express Trailers Zurrieq Half Marathon will start at 0700 Hrs and has a 3 hour time limit.
The Express Trailers Zurrieq 10k and Walk will start at 0800 0745 Hrs and have a 1.5 hour and 2 hour time limit respectively.

The start will be in waves of 6 participants leaving every 10 seconds or so

Finish line:
The finish line for the Half Marathon and 10K will close at 1000, San Michel and Powerade will be provided at the finish. Finishers are to pick up their own medal and drinks and keep moving on away from the finish and on to their cars.

Commemorative medal:
All athletes finishing within their races time limit can collect a commemorative medal after they cross the finish line.

Awards for both the Express Trailers Zurrieq Half Marathon and the Express Trailers Zurrieq 10k:
1st 3 Males, 1st 3 Females,
1st 3 Male Teams, 1st 3 Female Teams
1st Male U23, 1st Female U23
1st & 2nd M/F over 40, 1st & 2nd M/F over 45, 1st & 2nd M/F over 50, 1st & 2nd M/F over 55, 1st & 2nd M/F over 60, 1st & 2nd M/F over 65, 1st & 2nd M/F over 70

Special awards for 2019:
HM & 10K


Award ceremony:
There will be no award ceremony. Award winners will be advised from where and when they will be able to collect thier awards.

The award ceremony will be held in the morning at the finish towards the end of the event. Hang around because you or a friend of yours may have won an award. The MMOC is not responsible for awards not collected in person by the winners during the award giving ceremony.

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 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. Toilet facilities are available close to the start and 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 3 water stations at approximately the 5th, 10th and 15th km, 1 sponge station and 1 Powerade station for the Zurrieq Half Marathon. There will be 1 water station at approximately the 5th km and 1 sponge station for the 10k and Walk.
  6. Kilometres will be marked along the route. KMs are not necessarily precise but may only be indicative.
  7. There will be traffic police and LESA officers 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.

Malta Marathon Organising Committee and the Zurrieq Wolves Athletic Club

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