The Race - A Brief History
What started off as a small race between friends, to gauge their preparation for an Ironman race, the Malta 113k Triathlon has now developed into one of the highlights of the Maltese Triathlon calendar and is gaining strong popularity amongst our international triathlete friends.
The Race is often used by local triathletes as either a stepping stone towards their foray into endurance racing or else as a pre race testing ground in preparation for their Ironman and long distance races abroad.
In 2011 the concept of Relay Teams was introduced, the objective behind it to introduce more athletes to the sport. A number of athletes undertaking a relay race in one year are often seen competing in the full distance the following year. The popularity of this category has increased substantially since then.
In 2015 the Malta Triathlon Federation designated the Malta 113k Triathlon as as the Long Distance National Triathlon Championships clearly highlighting the importance of this race for the local community
In 2016 the race reached another milestone when it joined the Ocean Lava Planet family joining the Ocean Lava Planet family, bringing the Ocean Lava family up to 12 destinations. Ocean Lava Planet is brainchild of Kenneth Gasque, the founder of Ironman Lanzarote and all round living legend of triathlon. Ocean Lava Planet is headquartered in Lanzarote, the unique volcanic island in the Atlantic.
Who We Are
CHARLIE DEMANUELE - RACE DIRECTOR, ORGANISER, ATHLETECharlie Demanuele hails from a bodybuilding background having won a number of championship titles but who eventually turned his attention to Ultra Distance racing.
Charlie is considered to be one of the pioneers of endurance triathlon racing in Malta, having been one of the first triathletes to tackle an Ironman race back in 1992.
Through his targeted time went off the mark due to a broken arm sustained during the race he still managed to complete the distance in a very respectable time of 12 hours.
Not put off from racing after this incident Charlie came out of the experience more determined and went on to complete a further three Ironman races, each time registering an improved time.
Charlie was the first Maltese triathlete to have taken part and successfully completed a double Ironman race, having taken part in 2009.
Charlie’s love of the sport and his passion to introduce the Maltese triathlon community to the sport of endurance racing saw him the first 113k triathlon race in May 1995, a race which was won by David Galea, a triathlete which still is racing and still hold the best Ironman race time for the Maltese male category to date.
Over the years the popularity of this race has grown, and the introduction of relay teams saw athletes graduate to full distance racing in subsequent years. 2015 saw the highest amount of foreign participation, when Slovakia, Italy, Poland and United Kingdom were represented on the starting line.
Charlie is a qualified personal trainer and nutrition advisor and when time permits enjoys trekking especially in the Dolomites.
MARIA VELLA-GALEA, MARKETING, PR, LOGISTICS, ATHLETEMaria is fairly new to the sport of triathlon having taken part in her first sprint triathlon race in the spring of 2010.
A chance encounter with Charlie Demanuele led her to get involved in the organisation of the 2011 Malta 113K triathlon and this involvement led her to register for her first Ironman 70.3 race in Antwerp, Belgium.
Four weeks prior to the race Maria was involved in a serious accident, when she was thrown off her bike causing her to break her wrist and sustain damage to her knee. Not put off by this experience, Maria crossed the finish line (with a waterproof cast and knee brace) with a huge smile on her face. Maria has subsequently taken part in two 113k races in Malta, Ironman 70.3 in Haugesund, Norway, Budapest, Hungary and Gdynia, Poland as well as completed Ironman Austria. Maria has also competed in the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon as well as competed in the International Triathlon Union circuit for three years running – 2013, 2014, 2015
Maria has a wealth of experience in Marketing, Public Relations and Event Management which compliments Charlie’s race experience. Maria is a qualified fitness instructor and has a Masters Business Administration and Diploma in Digital Marketing.
In her limited free time Maria also competes in equestrian events, mainly show jumping, is an avid traveller and enjoys a spot of photography when the opportunity comes along.
MARK GAGLIONE RACE VENUE MANAGERMark has been involved in the Malta 113k Triathlon for the past few years, starting off as a volunteer.Over the years Mark has supported this event through his family business, Medcomms Ltd, which he runs with his brother. Medcomms is the sole agent of Garmin devices in Malta and has been sponsoring this race for the past two years.
In his free time, Mark enjoys running, he takes part in the Malta marathon regularly and has also run the London Marathon. Mark also enjoys an annual skiing trip with the family and is an avid Liverpool Fan. In his limited free time, Mark does his best to travel as much as possible.
The Garmin Ocean Lava Team is hoping one day Mark will delegate Transition Management duties (though he does them very well) to take part in this race as a fully fledged triathlete!
SERGIO SCIBERRAS NUTRITION MANAGERHis fun, easy going character belies his kind hearted and hardworking nature. Sergio enjoys sports rather than for any potential medals or wins mostly for the fun of it, to feel healthy and more importantly the opportunity to make friends with like minded people.
Sergio has taken part in the Garmin Malta 113k Triathlon in the past and the rest of the team is hoping to see him on the starting line on May 15th, 2016!
I’m really looking forward to returning to this race! Hope the seas calmer this year. Have to say I’m so glad it was my first ever triathlon, although really nervous as I had only just learnt to swim, I had such a wonderful day. Can't wait to do it again.Mandy Draper, Wales
This will be my first middle distance race in Malta, having taken up this distance recently. This race will be a very good preparation for my forthcoming participation in the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Australia in September.Hannah Pace, Malta
It was great racing in Malta. Weather conditions were not easy and the bike route was very challenging but am happy to have reached my target time. Malta has shown good potential place for training and hope to bring some other Slovenian Triathletes to Malta hopefully to race and also some training.Jaroslav Kovacic, Slovenia
Last year I entered the 113k as part of a relay team, doing the bike leg, and we had a great time. The course, location and organization of the event was superb, so this year I decided challenge myself to do the whole event. Malta has a fantastic triathlon scene with many events throughout the year, and it is naturally an ideal place for a training camp!Enrico Bradamante, Italy