CARDET will organize, on the 21st of June, the ‘Air it Nicosia’ Marathon, which will take place as part of Cyprus’ most popular running event, ‘The Mall of Cyprus presents Running Under the Moon’. The race organized within the Project "Fostering resource efficiency and climate change resilience through community based Air Quality Internet of Things – AIRTHINGS" wishes to raise public awareness on air quality and its importance.
The race will be held in the city of Nicosia, in an area with intense traffic and therefore high pollutant emissions. The event features three distances that runners can choose from: 5km, 10km and half-marathon, while a part of the route will pass through Athalassa’s forest park which will be marked as the “clean air zone”. The event is expected to attract more than 500 participants who will also have the opportunity to be informed about air quality in Cyprus, its impact in our daily life and the importance of taking measures, implementing practices and activating public bodies in decision and policy making.
The AIRTHINGS Project is co-funded by the Transnational Cooperation Programme "Interreg V-B Balkan-Med 2014-2020" and seeks to foster sustainable development and mitigate climate change in the region through joint cooperation measures and transfer of experience between the six project partners. The main objective of the project is to put forward innovative and cost effective measures that national and regional authorities can take to ensure better air quality in urban areas as well as raise public awareness, so such policies and approaches are adopted.