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Race previews Zagreb Marathon & Half

14 May 2019, 2pm

Zagreb has plenty to offer the runner

Positive energy on a beautiful course

Zagreb Marathon & Half
Sun 13 October 2019

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Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, has a population of 800,000 and lies in the Sava River valley. The marathon route is totally flat and stretches from the city centre, with the start and finish on Zagreb’s main square, to the east of Zagreb before returning on the same route back to the west. The half marathon route is one lap and full marathon two.

Both races start at 10.00. New this year is the introduction of the Garmin 10km run for beginners and runners that are not quite ready for longer distances. It starts at 09.00. If you are a lunatic you can manage both races, first the 10km and then the marathon. If you want to do this then please contact us and we’ll give you an entry to the first race free of charge.

There are a few things runners need to know about the Zagreb marathon. First, there are plenty of refreshment stations with drinks and fruit, six of them on each lap. There are DJs and rock bands on the course and “well mannered” Balkan cheering in the eastern parts of Zagreb. Beware of overly perky people with reddish faces in Dubrava (the East side) who offer you drinks. It’s probably not water but schnapps. It’s excellent by the way, and you should definitely try it after the race.

Despite the modest entry fee Zagreb Marathon provides a great start package with a long-sleeved running shirt, rich sponsor goodies and the uniquely-designed finishers’ medal bearing the famous symbol of the Zagreb marathon. But most of all you’ll enjoy running the beautiful course with lots of positive energy around you – and since it’s so flat maybe a personal best time is waiting for you here.

If you are travelling from other countries for the whole weekend there is the marathon party with DJs and concerts on the main square with traditional Croatian pasta cuisine (strukla) the evening before the race. There is also our famous Croatian beer, but be moderate – the race is next morning. On race morning you’ll find the bag drop and changing rooms conveniently located nearby on the main square (about 100m away) and afterwards we offer you lunch and drinks to speed your recovery.

We would point out that the main reason to visit the Zagreb Marathon is to see our handsome people (oh yes – and the country). Croatians are so good-looking that you won’t believe it. Please, come and enjoy with us.

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