University Races

The University races date back to as early as the 80s when University students would gather on the ring road for a showdown of the fittest. People always looked forward to the event. There must be something special about running around the University Ring Road!

Fast-forward 30 years or so and we can proudly say the races have come a long way. 12th March 2017 marked our 6th edition and as promised, it was one of our BIGGEST ONES YET. With the BRND WGN crew on board for the second year running, more prizes, non-stop entertainment and vamped-up goody bags, I guess you could say we gave things a bit of a facelift.

We are already busy planning out our next edition and boy do we have some surprises up our sleeve. STAY TUNED…

Testimonials

The race is simple, we might fall but we get up again and have more fun. I also like that we run in costume, it’s extra fun.

Valentina Farrugia, Age 7, Aspiring Triathlete

Participants as well as event organisers helped to create a lively atmosphere which provided the ideal setting for the race. The route, mostly set on tarmac was interesting and the event in general is one which attracts all members of the family. It’s a great way to get kids to take up running especially due to the numerous forms of entertainment e.g. Bouncy castles.

Jean Claude Randon, Male Winner of the 2017 Edition

An event organised to the last detail. We took part in the corporate relay with two different teams. We used this event as a team building event. We trained together and managed to secure second place. An experience which will not be forgotten and a must do for next year. The positive vibe during the event is definitely not one to be missed.

Christian Farrugia, Member of the 2nd Corporate Relay Team, Representing Alberta

The University Ring Road Races is a great family friendly event. It caters for all ages and abilities, and the professional organisation makes you want to come back again year after year. The Malta Youth Triathlon Academy (MYTA) has for this reason made it an annual event in its calendar of events. The 2km race and the 800m race serve as a bench mark for our young athletes to gauge their improvements.  This is an event which MYTA recommends for all running clubs, especially those with a youth programme at heart

Dermot Galea, Malta Youth Triathlon Academy Coordinator, 10-time National Triathlon Champion

The Ring Road races offer us an opportunity to spend a morning with colleagues and friends in an atmosphere of fun and excitement. The events are varied and cater for all levels and abilities, allowing everyone to participate at their individual level and no one feeling ‘left out’. It is especially nice that not only the top athletes are rewarded but even participants from different categories. Besides enjoying the physical challenge, we have always found time to make new friends and also to meet old friends and colleagues in a context other than the usual work environment. In our faculty,  “The Races” have become a highlight in our academic calendar. 

Clive Zammit, Senior Lecturer, Cognitive Science, Faculty of Media & Knowledge Sciences

The University Ring Road Races event was a very well organised activity which catered for everyone! The cheerful atmosphere and entertainment present lit up the university track, creating the perfect environment where everyone can get the chance to meet new people! Everyone felt included, irrespective of their ability and age, as everyone supported each other! It’s a definite must!

Charmaine Aquilina, University Student, BSc. Hons Nursing

RUN – WALK – RELAY (or crawl if you have to)

Join us at the University Athletics Track for a jam-packed morning of fun.
5km Run/Walk – 2km Run/Walk – 5km Relay – 800m Children’s Fun Run
Half the proceeds will be donated to Hospice Malta.
Medal and goody bag for all participants

Event sponsors

Kudos to our friends for supporting the cause!

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Helping Hospice Malta

Each year, half the proceeds from the University Ring Road Races are being donated to Hospice Malta, so by taking part you, too, will make a difference in the lives of the hundreds of patients and their families supported each year.

Hospice Malta is a voluntary not-for-profit organization today caring for over 1000 patients and their families. Services are offered free of charge to patients suffering from cancer, motor neuron disease and end life respiratory, cardiac and renal disease. Hospice Malta relies on the generosity of the Maltese public to ensure the continuation of their services in Malta and Gozo.

Meet Murphy

“Always up for a challenge in his pink morph suit, he is the ideal individual, who can solve any issue – a Mr. Fixit you could say.”

After his success last year, 2017 saw the return of Murphy’s as he once again took on the challenge of running 21.1 km dressed from head to toe in pink. Having raised €1061 in 2016, this year he wanted to step things up; with the help of a few of his pink buddies, he set out to break his personal best time.

It was when we first teamed up with BRND WGN in 2016 that we had our ‘Eureka’ moment. We were able to make use of their Wagoneer in chief – Murphy (the mysterious man in the pink morph suit) and set him the challenge of running for a cause. BECAUSE WHAT STANDS OUT MORE THAN A MAN DRESSED FROM HEAD TO TOE IN PINK, RUNNING IN A CROWD!

We set up an online campaign to encourage people to donate with the focus on MURPHY. As we had predicted, he built quite a reputation for himself participating in both the Malta Half Marathon as well as the BRND WGN & University Ring Road Races. Murphy was the talk of the town, everyone wanted to know who he was.

For the second time round efforts didn’t go unnoticed and we are pleased to announce that €1,244.25 was raised this year for Hospice Malta through the online Murphy campaign and a total of €3,200 from the entire event. We are extremely grateful to all those who donated.

Murphy’s taking a well earned rest after another successful challenge but he’ll be back to training hard very soon and hopes you’ll support him once again.