Ljubljana Marathon in Figures and Facts

The next weekend in Slovenia will be the largest track and field competition of the country—the 22nd Ljubljana marathon. It is planned that 28,405 people will take part in the two-day event in all disciplines.

On Saturday, 28 October, within the framework of the competition, the Slovenian street racing championships will be held among the students of the elementary (2 km) and secondary (3.5 km) schools. On the same day, the amateur races for 200 (Lumpi tek), 600, 1,600 and 3,500 metres (Fun tek) will be held.

On Sunday, 29 October, at 8:30 a.m., participants will compete at the 10 km distance, and at 10:30 a.m. for 21 and 42 km.

All the races will begin on the Slovenska Street between the Cubo Hotel and the Uršulinsk Church. The finish line will be on the Congress Square (Slovene: Kongresni trg). The route runs through the centre of the city and the surrounding areas.

Gabrijel Ambrožič, a person responsible for meeting leading foreign athletes, notes that in 2017, the strongest line-up of athletes will be presented at the classic marathon. Among the registered participants, there are two runners with the time 2 hours and 5 minutes. He adds that the organisers have increased the prize funds for the winner (a probable record setter) of the marathon, a winner of the national championships for half marathon and the absolute champion of the 21-kilometre race.

Participants of the marathon and one accompanying person for both days of the competition are provided with free travel on all bus routes in the city (upon showing their starting number or certificate of accreditation). They will also enjoy free parking lots at the Dolgi most Bridge in the Barje and Stožice districts.

The registration fee for participation in the Ljubljana marathon before 18 August was 35 euros. Afterwards, it grew to 40 euros.

The first Ljubljana marathon took place on 27 October 1996. It celebrated the victory of the Slovenes Roman Kejžar (2 hours 20 minutes and 12 seconds) and Helena Javornik (2 hours 37 minutes and 58 seconds). If 673 people took part in the first marathon, then in 2016, 23,767 people participated in this event.

Source: rtvslo.si