On Sunday, 28 October 2018, the 23rd Marathon engaging over 26 thousand participants will take place in Ljubljana. In total, 2,500 athletes will overcome the most difficult 42-kilometre distance.
The Ljubljana Marathon is the largest traditional athletics event in the country. In 2017, it received a silver mark of quality from the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). This year, the organizers of the Ljubljana Marathon have set themselves the goal to receive the golden mark of quality. According to a representative of the organizing committee, Gabrijel Ambrožič, during the 42-kilometre race, two world records are expected to be beaten: 2 hours 7 minutes for men and 2 hours 24 minutes for women.
The event will open with the drawing procedure on Thursday, 26 October 2018, at 9:00 a.m. On Saturday, 27 October 2018, children and teenagers will run through the streets of the city. Races on “adult” distances (10, 21 and 42 kilometres) will pass on Sunday. On the days of the marathon, the central streets of the city will be blocked and bus routes will be temporarily changed.
The organizers claim that they planned the distances taking into account possible health problems of athletes and proximity of local medical institutions. Besides, stations with refreshing drinks will traditionally operate. All stations will be equipped with a defibrillator. The organizers also traditionally follow the principle of zero waste.