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Paphos to host new museum honouring legendary marathon runner

Stelios Kyriakides winning the Boston marathon

The creation of a new museum to honour legendary Cypriot marathon runner, Stelios Kyriakides, will get underway in Paphos.

The decision to create the ‘Stelios Kyriakides Museum,’ was taken at a meeting between the mayor of Paphos, Phedonas Phedonos, at the town hall on Thursday. Also present, among others were, Demitris Kyriakides, the son of the late runner, the president of the Stelios Kyriakides Association, and the community leader of Statos- Agios-Fotios, where the athlete came from.

Kyriakides was born in Paphos in 1910, took part in two Olympic Games (Berlin 1936 and London 1948), and won the Boston Marathon in 1946. The Logicom Cyprus marathon is dedicated to him.

On a previous occasion, his son told the Cyprus Mail that he hoped such an entity would be established and that he wants to make the public aware that his father was much more than a marathon runner. He said that although many believe that his story ended after he won the Boston Marathon, this was in fact where his story began.

“Until he died in 1987, he actively continued to contribute towards sport, apart from being a great runner. He helped to revive sport in Greece and Cyprus after the war, and he built a stadium in the suburbs of Athens, where he trained the youth.”

Kyriakides said that his father was also far ahead of his time when it came to training, he was the first person to use a stopwatch for pacing in London in 1934. He also used stretching for training and a special diet which he tailored for marathon running.

He was also a philanthropist, and the first runner to run for charity and a special cause in the 1940s. In the 1960s and 1970s Kyriakides also helped numerous street kids, taking them home, cleaning them up, feeding them and helping them to get into school.

On Thursday, the runner’s son assured the mayor that he would provide all of the necessary information and items from his collection and files, for the new museum.

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