Gruelling Three-Race 126km Marathon Around Malta To Start Wave Of Change To Combat Plastic Pollution Kicks Off Today

It is estimated that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans than actual fish.

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This Sunday, ‘Run The Wave Of Change’ will hit the streets, seeing Maltese individuals running the equivalent of the entire 126 km coastline of Malta – in three separate back to back marathon runs.

After six months of training, the gruelling challenge kicks off on Saturday 13 April at 6pm from the Atlam Sub Aqua Club in Baħar Iċ-Ċagħaq; and finish at the same spot the next day at 4pm.

The campaign aims to raise awareness locally about the current environmental issue of plastic pollution, and encourage people to collect at least three pieces of waste on the day.

It is estimated that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans than actual fish.

The initiative was launched by long-distance running partners Trudy Kerr and Deborah Gatt, branching off from the successful existing environmental awareness campaign #WaveOfChange.

As Kerr and Gatt run the three back-to-back marathons, their route will take them via on-going clean-ups.

There will also be a 50km route in Gozo, and a 10km run and clean-up around Comino.

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The campaign took social media by storm earlier last year, when three Maltese men had embarked on a record-breaking, non-stop swim around the entire island for #WaveOfChange.

Founder Neil Agius managed to finish the insane 70 km around Malta in under 22 hours.

The organisers invite not only runners, but also members of the public and environmental groups to join the cause. People can enter as runners in either of the seven run stages of the 126km route, or take part in any of the 8 clean-ups across the island.

There will also be an underwater clean up in Xemxija at 4pm.

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