A guide to the scenic Ljubljana Marathon
The Ljubljana Marathon comes from humble beginnings as a race for local runners in Slovenia. Over time it has become a drawcard on the international marathon circuit, now drawing over 26 000 participants each year. Participants can choose to run a half or full marathon through the many historical streets of the city.
If you make your way to Ljubljana, you will find plenty of accommodation and tourism package tours available. A race expo is also held alongside the race festivities. Additional activities include a 10K run, half marathon hand bike race and the ‘lumpi run’ – a cheerful, non-competitive 200m jaunt for children under the age of 5. The crowds love to support the runners and can be found cheering along many of the main stretches of the route.
Be aware that the weather is a serious consideration. As the races are held in late October each year, it is very cold, and runners often face start temperatures of less than 10 degrees Celsius. Participants are advised to take this into account when planning their running gear and hydration needs on the day.
The race participants will have plenty of official support on the course, as there are 8 refreshment stations spread out across the track, along with 6 water-only stations. Plenty of first aid support will be available to runners at each station as well as the finishing line. There is a cut off time of 5 hours for the full Ljubljana Marathon, and runners who have not completed 20km within 2 hours 15 minutes will be asked to make their way directly to the finishing line. The race is an IAAF Bronze level road race.
Registrations are now open for the 2018 Ljubljana Marathon and half marathon. At only €35-€40 to enter, it’s a low-cost way to start your marathon running career.
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