Plitvice Lakes National Park (Croatia), 3-4 June 2017

Plitvice Lakes National Park (Copyright © 2012 Hendrik Böttger / runinternational.eu)

 

Set in the Nacionalni park Plitvička jezera (or, in short, Plitvice), one of Croatia's most popular tourist destinations, the Plitvički maraton offers the following road races:

Date Start time Race distance
Number of finishers 2016
Saturday 3 June 2017 17.00 5km

899

18.30 children's races ?
Sunday 4 June 2017 9.00 21.1km 453
42.2km 166
42.2km relay (10+10+10+12.2km) 20 teams

 

The 42.2km marathon is a very scenic loop through dense forests, lovely meadows and remote villages in parts of the national park which tourists hardly ever visit. The route also runs along the shores of some of Plitvice's stunningly-beautiful blue-green lakes.

Both the marathon and the half marathon routes are very challenging. The difference between the lowest and the highest point on the course is about 250 metres. Most of the climbs are not steep but long.

Marathon runners can expect to finish at least ten minutes slower than on a flat course. In 2016, the fastest finisher was Wycliffe Kipkorir Biwot of Kenya (2:30:11). His compatriot Gladys Jepkurui Biwott defended her title in the women's race (2:59:51).

Be aware that Plitvice is located in an area of extreme weather conditions. Usually, it's very warm in the region in early June but there were years when runners wore gloves, wollen hats and water-resistant clothing.

 

Country: Croatia

Venue (Map): Plitvice (Zagreb 136km, Ljubljana 212km, Trieste 235km, Split 250km)

Date, start time, race distance:

  • Saturday 3 June 2017:
    • 17.00: 5km
    • 18.30: children's races
  • Sunday, 4 June 2017:
    • 9.00: 21.1km half marathon
    • 9.00: 42.2km marathon
    • 9.00: 42.2km relay (10km+10km+10km+12.2km)

Time limit:

  • 5km: 45 minutes
  • 21.1km: 3 hours
  • 42.2km: 6 hours

Start and finish: at the sports hall in the village of Mukinje, Plitvička jezera

Entries: online

Entry limit:

  • 5km: 1,000 runners
  • 21,1km and 42.2km: 1,000 runners
  • 42.2km relay: 30 teams

Entry fees (5km):

  • up to 28 February 2017: HRK 100 (€ 13.50)
  • up to 15 April 2017: HRK 120 (€ 16)
  • up to 10 May 2017: HRK 150 (€ 20)

Entry fees (21.1km):

  • up to 28 February 2017: HRK 150 (€ 20)
  • up to 15 April 2017: HRK 200 (€ 17)
  • up to 10 May 2017: HRK 250 (€ 33.50)

Entry fees (42.2km):

  • up to 28 February 2017: HRK 180 (€ 24)
  • up to 15 April 2017: HRK 250 (€ 33.50)
  • up to 10 May 2017: HRK 330 (€ 44)

You get:

  • 5km: pasta party (on Saturday), entry ticket to the national park, T-shirt, shoe bag, chip timing, refreshments
  • 21.1km, 42.2km, relay: pasta party (on Saturday), entry ticket to the national park, technical T-shirt, shoe bag, chip timing, refreshments, finisher medal, a meal after the race

Prizes:

  • 21.1km: to the first 3 men and women, to the first 3 Croatian men and women
  • 42.2km: to the first 6 men and women, to the first 6 Croatian men and women

Event website (in Croatian and English):

Plitvice Marathon - Plitvički maraton - Event website: plitvicki-maraton.com

 

No guarantee is made as to the accuracy or thoroughness of the information on this page! Please visit the official event website to verify the above information.