Running in the Dark at Playa Blanca’s Night Marathon

There’s one way to remove the need for high factor sun cream slapped all over an athlete’s skin to protect from the Lanzarote sun, and that’s to stage your marathon after dark. With the moonlight on the water and the night stars to keep you company, this unique event is perfect for night owl runners.

Originally staged exclusively for police and firemen who still have a category to themselves in the groupings, this year the Night Marathon Lanzarote is being opened up for anyone over 12 years to join in and is a vehicle for promoting culture and sport. Taking place in the holiday resort of Playa Blanca on 7th April 2012, spectators will enjoy all the excitement of the race followed by a party and music to keep the tempo buzzing until 4am.

The only event of its kind on the island, registration costs €5 for juniors and €15 for everyone else, is limited to 200 participants and is open now. Junior athletes (12 yrs to 17yrs) will race over 5 kilometres while the adults will complete either 10.5 or 21 kilometres. As well as the police and firemen, there are separate categories for emergency workers and for veterans (over 40 years). The race circuit will be along the sea front of Playa Blanca, beginning at Avenida Papagaya.

You can find out more about the Night Marathon Lanzarote at the official website.