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Race previews Nationale-Nederlanden Warsaw Half Marathon

01 January 2018, 8am

Poland’s biggest road race in a “city with a soul”

Warsaw Half Marathon

13th PZU Warsaw Half Marathon
Sun 25 March 2018

Why run in Warsaw? Because a unique city with a rich history which you have probably never visited – and because it is spring. Running is one of the best ways to get to know a city and spring is the best time to get to know Warsaw.

The Warsaw Half Marathon is Poland’s biggest road race. Starting from 2006 with 1000 runners the race now welcomes 13,000 entrants. It is the unofficial opener to the running season in Poland.

Standing at the start line you will sense that an extraordinary journey awaits you. Warsaw is a city with a soul: the former Kings of Poland resided here; Chopin created his works here; the opening and closing gambits of World War II played out here; the Polish Round Table Talks took place here – which sparked the changes to communist Europe.

Today Warsaw is a lively city combining history and modernity. Historic palaces and churches sit alongside modern architecture, while cosy cafes compete with trendy music clubs. For runners the green areas beside the Vistula river and elsewhere constitute a quarter of the city’s area.

The route of the half marathon starts and ends in the heart of the city, in the vicinity of the Old Town. It is flat and runs through the most interesting and important places in the capital. On the course you will find many cheering fans and dozens of music points. The route is well marked, secured and offers several refreshment stations and medical points.

The Warsaw Half Marathon is a race for everyone: for those fighting to improve their times (men’s and women’s course records stand at 1:00:48 and 1:09:06); for those who run for pleasure; and those who run for charity. More than 500,000 euros has been raised so far and by your participation you can help to change the world for the better and support people in need.

Come with the family and spend some active days in Warsaw. Get to know the rich culture and history of the city. This lucky 13th edition of the race will be honoured if you join us.

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