The first Gozo Half Marathon was planned in Xaghra back in 1977. The Marathon was made up of mainly Xaghra youths and only around 35 participants. This number has naturally increased over the years with people from other Maltese and Gozitan villages, and even foreign participants, come all the way to Gozo to take part. Apart from the half marathon, the event hosts a 12.9 km run, and a 4 km and 2 km races for the younger athletes, a perfect event for the whole family to attend. The half marathon route is of varying elevation and takes the partakers through numerous Gozitan villages and breathtakingly beautiful views of the Gozitan landscape.