On Sunday, 28 October 2018, the 23rd traditional marathon ended in Ljubljana. A new record at the 42-kilometre distance was set by the Ethiopian Sisay Lemma Kasaye – 2 hours 4 minutes and 58 seconds. In the women’s standings, his success was complemented by the Kenyen Visiline Jepkesho with a result of 2 hours 22 minutes and 58 seconds. She also set a new record at this distance.
Rok Puhar became the winner of the half marathon. Neja Kršinar celebrated the victory in the women’s standings. Jan Kokalj was the best at the 10-kilometre distance among men, and Maruša Mišmaš – among women. Thus, Jan Kokalj and Maruša Mišmaš repeated their last year’s success at the same distance.
The President of Slovenia Borut Pahor also took part in the 21-kilometre race. With the country flag in his hand, he ran the half marathon in 1 hour 53 minutes and 13 seconds. His personal record is 1 hour 46 minutes 35 seconds, which he set in 2016. Borut Pahor was not the only politician who participated in the event. At the 21-kilometre distance, he was accompanied by the Minister of Ecology Jure Leben.
In total, the event was attended by 20,587 people. During the marathon, 300 intersections were blocked in the city. Despite the inhospitable weather and drizzling rain, everyone remained happy with the marathon – the audience, the organizers and the participants.