Malta Marathon

Marathon Route Description & Map

Malta Marathon and Half Marathon Route Description

A few changes to the 2020 GiG Malta Marathon and Half Marathon have been made to the routes that have been used over the past 5 years. The major change to both routes is in Mriehel, 29th k to 32nd k for the Full Marathon and 8th k to the 11th k for the Half Marathon. The routes will no longer pass through the Mriehel Industrial Estate but will follow the old aqueducts all the way to Fleur De Lys and turn back at that point to the Mriehel bypass.

This change brought about an increase in the distance to the previous routes. The increase in the distance was rectified by some changes in Attard and Mosta for the Full Marathon and within the first 4 k of the Half Marathon.

Both routes have been measured using the calibrated wheel method (Jones Counter), the only method recognised by the IAAF.

You can see the entire 2020 routes on the map attached to this page. We have left the 2019 routes for anyone wishing to see where the changes have been made.

Although not traffic free, the numerous police and wardens manning every key junction, enables participants to run or walk their event with no or very little traffic around them. Over the years changes to the route have been made to avoid areas notable for traffic congestion. There are still minor adjustments that can be implemented to the way traffic is managed during the event, with the usual cooperation given by the Police and Transport Malta, these adjustments could ease the traffic congestion that motorists face at particular junctions.

The Full Marathon which starts at 0730 from outside the bastions of Malta’s old capital Mdina, heads through the main road of Rabat, down through Nigret and onto the Mtarfa bypass to get to 5k in Ta’Qali.

The route will take the athletes round Ta’ Qali and exits Ta' Qali at 10k, down to Attard to 11k, through Mosta and it's outsirts 13k to 21k, back into Ta' Qali, round Ta’ Qali again till 25k and back again on to the main road which will take the participants down again to Attard but this time right through the centre of the village 26k to 28k.

The route from the 29th k to the 32nd k will follow the old aqueducts from Mriehel to Birkirkara and back to the Mriehel bypass.

From the Mriehel bypass, the route continues on to the Hamrun/Marsa bypass and goes down on to Triq Dicembru 13 and then on to Blata L-Bajda. The last 5km of the route passes along the Sa’ Maison, Pieta, Msida, Ta’ Xbiex and Gzira waterfronts up to the finish in Sliema.

The Half Marathon and 'Endo' Walkathon also start from outside Mdina but at 0915 and will head straight towards the Roman Villa and down a steep hill to go past the old railway station, on to the Mtarfa bypass and down to the Military cemetry and into Ta' Qali. Once in Ta' Qali, the route will pass through a newly constructed road that bypasses the recently refurbished crafts village. At this point (3.3k), the Half Marathon route joins the Full Marathon route all the way till the finish.

A 2.5 metre lane along most of the roads from the 32nd Km to the 40th Km of the Full Marathon (10th Km to the 19th Km of the Half Marathon), will be cordoned off with traffic cones for runners.

Both the Marathon and Half Marathon routes are predominantly downhill, with the start being at 200metres and the finish at sea level. Whereas the Half Marathon heads directly to the finish from the start, the Marathon deviates from this direction with a small loop within Ta’ Qali (6th to 10th Km), followed by a larger loop from the 11th Km to the 25th km, that takes the athletes from Attard, through Mosta, Attard again and back to Ta’ Qali.


Start - 5km. Mdina – Rabat – Nigret – Mtarfa – Ta’ Qali.

6km – 10km. Ta’ Qali loop going by the National Stadium, Pitkali vegetable market and the new American embassy – Attard

11km – 25km
, Attard – Mosta – Ta’ Qali- BOV Park, National Stadium and American embassy.

26km – 42km
. Attard - Mriehel - Fleur De Lys - Mriehel bypass - Hamrun/Marsa bypass – Marsa - Blata L-Bajda - Sa’ Maison – Pieta – Msida - Ta’ Xbiex – Gzira – Sliema - Finish.

Half Marathon

Start - 4km. 
Mdina – Mtarfa Bypass – Ta' Qali.

5km – 21km. Attard - Mriehel - Fleur De Lys - Mriehel bypass - Hamrun/Marsa bypass – Marsa - Blata L-Bajda - Sa’ Maison – Pieta – Msida - Ta’ Xbiex – Gzira – Sliema - Finish.

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