Mediterranean Road Running Challenge

After the success of the two outdoor and indoor Mediterranean U23 Championships, MAU have the pleasure to announce the creation of a Mediterranean Road Running Challenge. The first edition of this new MAU activity will be organised during the international road race “Marseille-Cassis”, which will take place in the South of France on 27 October 2019. 

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Date and Location

The 1st Mediterranean Road Running Challenge will be organised 27 October in Marseille (FRA) 27 October 2019.

Organisation, Event

The 1st Mediterranean Road Running Challenge is coordinated by Mediterranean Athletics Union in close links with the local structure “Marseille SCO Sainte Marguerite” Athletics club. The support event is the IAAF road race “Marseille-Cassis” between the two cities and its 20.000 runners.

  • Men/Women Distance 20 km / Elevation 350 m
  • Start time 9:00

Official website of the event: www.marseille-cassis.comlogoMC2019


According to the IAAF regulation, only athlete’s born in 2001 and before may participate to the Mediterranean Road Running Challenge, and must be affiliate to their Member Federation.

To participate to the Challenge, MAU Member Federation may entry at least one athlete of each gender.


The classification will be based on the addition of the man + woman official final time. The winner team of the Mediterranean Road Running Challenge is the country with the lower cumulative time. In case of tie, classification will be based of the best woman performance. If a MF engages more than one man and/or one woman runner, the athlete taken in account of the concerned gender will be the one with the lower final arrival time.

Only the athlete officially engaged by their MF are eligible to the Mediterranean Road Running Challenge. Runners may wear the national equipment during the race and the victory ceremony, mandatory for the 3 first teams.

Prize Money

Athletes participating to the Mediterranean Road Running Challenge are eligible to the prize money of the event as follow, based on individual men and women ranking:


* According to the French law, an income tax of 15% will be deducted from this amount for athletes without fiscal address in France


Each MAU Member Federation having the intention to participate to the Mediterranean Road Running Challenge have to send a preliminary declaration, then their Final Entries with the Following schedule:

  • Preliminary Declaration: Monday 8 July 2019 to Friday 9 August 2019
  • Final Entries: Tuesday 1st October 2019 to Friday 18 October 2019

A link to the online forms will be send to the all MFs. Preliminary Entry information shall include the intention of participation, the number of athletes (at
least on of each gender) and the number of officials. Final Entry information shall be supplied in the manner to be prescribed by MAU and shall include
such details as required by MAU, including the names, date of birth and best performances of each athlete. Special communication will be sent later with the Final Entry Forms.

Financial Responsibilities

MAU and the Organiser cover the local transportation from/to local airport (see below) and full board accommodation for two athletes (1 man + 1 woman) plus one team official.

  • Official period is 26 October 2019 (arrival) to 28 October 2019(departure). Accommodation is planned at Resid Hotel Grand Prado.
  • Official arrival points in Marseille are Marseille Provence airport (MRS) or Marseille Saint Charles Train Station.
  • Extra quota/period will be charged to the MAU Member Federations by the LOC, at the rate of 90 Euros for full board accommodation, per person per day in a twin room (110 Euros in a single room).


The countries currently needing a visa to enter to France are: Algeria, Egypt, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey. Countries requiring visas to enter to France should obtain them from the French Embassy or Consulate in their country. Visa applications should be made in due time (not later than three weeks before the event). Participants who require a visa should contact the MAU/LOC General Secretariat ( as soon as possible to obtain a special invitation letter.

The information required is a full list of participants, containing the surname, first name, date of birth, passport number, date of delivery and expiration as well as position in the team. MAU/LOC will then send an official invitation letter to proceed with visa. Holders of valid Schengen visas can freely enter Italy without additional French visa.