“As a connector of people and destinations, we are wildly passionate about helping the quality of lives of communities in each of our managed port cities. Global Run series are a fantastic effort to bring travelers and locals together and spark new interactions in a positively competitive environment – all the while raising funds for noble causes,” said Emre Sayin, Chief Executive Officer, Global Ports Holding. According to Sayin, the aim is to organize Global Runs in all of the 13 cruise ports in its portfolio. The Valletta Cruise Port was welcomed into the GPH family in 2015 and joined such destinations as Barcelona, Venice, Malaga, Dubrovnik, Lisbon, Antalya, Kuşadasi, Bodrum, Ravenna, Cagliari, Bar, and Singapore. This global outlook of the company, owing to its international operations and outreach, was reflected at the Global Run Valletta which ended up attracting over 200 foreigners from 49 countries. The rest of the more than 900 participants were Maltese whose enthusiasm to support the chosen NGO of the Global Ports Holding – Puttinu Cares – ran so high that registrations had to be stopped a week in advance of the race. Puttinu Cares works to support the families and relatives of children battling cancer.
The high-quality event was held in accordance with the regulations of the Malta Amateur Athletics Association (MAAA) and the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).
At the end, Charlton Debono and Michelle Vella Wood, both from Malta won the 10K race in the general men and women category respectively, whilst Piotr Mielewczyk from Poland and Maltese national Josanne Attard Pulis topped the men and women 5K list respectively. Altogether, there were 82 winners from various categories who took home prizes.
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