Malta might not have any mountains, but the island is notorious with runners and cyclists for its steep countryside inclines. And if running marathons just wasn’t enough for you, get ready for the next level.
This is Mountain Running.
The fifth Perskindol National Mountain Running Championship is going down later this month on the 20th of May, and it’s shaping up to be unique (and challenging) hill race you’d expect from a name like that.
Kicking off in Mġarr’s beautiful Binġemma, the race will be climbing a total of 146 metres over a distance of 5.6 kilometres. The whole thing will be finishing off in style at one of the highest points on the island, the Kunċizzjoni Chapel in Rabat. That averages out to a constant incline of 3%, which can very easily get extremely challenging over more than five kilometres.
Along with the Malta Mountain Running Committee (which is organizing the event), the race is being supported by Malta Amateur Athletics Association and the Mġarr Local Council. The hill race is also valid for selection to the European & World Mountain Running Championships!
“This is about testing my limits and seeing how far I can train my body to go,” said Angele Satariano, who represented Malta in the San Marino Mountain Running Championship and the World Mountain Running Championships in Bulgaria last year.
“We have it all at this uphill running event,” said Gerald Grech, the organizer of behalf of the Malta Mountain Running sub-committee. “Some leg burn, stunning countryside views, a sunset finish, and great vibes all round!”
“Through this race, we also select the top athletes to then compete in the European and World Mountain Running Championships, but it’s a race open to all.”
If you’re still a little unsure whether you have it in you to attempt the race, you could join a series of time trials that are currently being organized to help people familiarise themselves with the route.
Registrations for the 2017 Malta Mountain Running Championships are available here. In the meantime, we hope this alternative sport catches on in Malta.
See you at the top!