49th Edition Showcases A Thriving Running Culture

April 30, 2024

The 49th edition of Il-Ġirja t’Għawdex, held last Sunday, saw a very healthy gathering of running enthusiasts from across the globe, firmly establishing Gozo as a premier destination for running events.

With more than 1,300 participants hailing from 50 countries, the event showcased the island’s scenic beauty and vibrant community spirit. Hosted by a team of dedicated volunteers, the event featured nine exhilarating races spanning various distances. A total of 96 trophies were awarded across 16 categories, celebrating the achievements of runners of all ages and abilities. In a testament to its commitment to transparency and accessibility, all race results have been promptly made available on the event’s official website and from the link below. This initiative not only ensures accountability but also allows participants to track their progress and share their experiences with the global running community.

Our winners are the following:

Half – Charlton Debono & Marisa Muscat
10K – Roderick Cilia & Charla Pia Vella
5K – David Borg & Zia Fuji

All other results and timings can be found by accessing this link.

Il-Ġirja t’Għawdex not only promotes Gozo as a premier running destination but also champions the broader benefits of running and walking for physical and mental well-being. By bringing together people of diverse backgrounds and abilities, the event fosters a sense of camaraderie and shared accomplishment. The success of Il-Ġirja t’Għawdex underscores the indispensable role of volunteering in organizing such large-scale events. From race marshals to aid station volunteers, the dedication and hard work of volunteers are integral to the event’s smooth execution and positive atmosphere.

Following this year’s successful rebranding efforts, the organizers are already gearing up for a momentous milestone next year, as Il-Ġirja t’Għawdex celebrates its 50th edition, cementing its place as the oldest organized running event in the Maltese Islands. Plans are already underway to make the anniversary edition a truly unforgettable experience, with special festivities in store.

About Il-Ġirja t’Għawdex: Il-Ġirja t’Għawdex is an annual running event held in Gozo, Malta, attracting participants from around the globe. With a focus on promoting health, fitness, and community spirit, it offers a diverse range of races and activities for runners of all ages and abilities. Organized entirely by volunteers, the event has become a highlight of Gozo’s sporting calendar, showcasing the island’s scenic beauty and vibrant running culture. For more information, visit rungozo.org