Akamas is one of the few remaining less-developed areas of the island, and its beauty is especially striking at this time of year. The fields burst with springtime colours as the trees and plants blossom. A special trail-running event takes its cue from that beauty.
After a successful inaugural 53km trail-running “ultra” last spring, the second Akamas Blossom Trail Running Festival is due this Sunday 10. This year it will also feature a 32km, a half-marathon and a 7km. The ultra, which takes runners on a grand tour of one of Cyprus’s most attractive natural areas, has a 10-hour cut-off. The 53k race has been awarded two ITRA/UTMB points and the 32k one point.
From Cape Arnaoutis, runners will track inland up to the lonely lighthouse on the hill before descending to the other side of the peninsula. “Much of this terrain can only be traversed by humans on foot (and goats on hooves)” say the organisers, “making for an exhilarating adventure in the wilderness.”
Although entries have now closed for this year, with 252 registered runners, mark your calendars for the following year and stay updated on the activities of the organisers, Cyprus Trail Runners, for future events. If you’re not a runner but still want to be part of future festivals, volunteers are welcome to join different stations.
Akamas Blossom Trail-Running Festival
A 53k,32k,21k and a 7k trail-running festival passing through the Akamas Peninsula. March 10. Akamas, Paphos. Organised by Cyprus Trail Runners. Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/364127837325326/?active_tab=about