"Saint George Half Marathon" 2011

This small running event gives runners the opportunity to explore the hills and villages of the delightful Hrvatsko Zagorje region in northern Croatia.

The route is 19.3 kilometres long, very scenic and very hilly. Participants run one loop around the village of Gornja Stubica, which is located about 40 kilometres to the north of Zagreb.

The start is at the 'Gupčeva lipa', an over 400-year-old lime tree that stands in front of St George Church on a hill to the south-west of the village. The tree reminds of the Peasants' Revolt of 1573, led by Matija Gubec. The finishing line is at the massive Monument to Matija Gubec, which stands on a hill two kilometres further north.

The event is held every year around St George's Day, which is celebrated in many countries on April 23 to honour Saint George, famous dragon slayer and patron saint of a large number of countries, towns and organizations. In 2011, the run will take place on Easter Monday.

In 2010, the winners were local top runner Dražen Dinjar (1:10:48) and Ranka Šimić (1:51:41).


Country: Croatia

Venue (Map): Gornja Stubica (37km from Zagreb, 93km from Maribor, 153km from Ljubljana)

Date: 25 April 2011 (Easter Monday)

Race distance: 19.3km; children 200m-1000m

Start: 11.00 at Gupčeva lipa ("Gubec's Lime Tree"), in front of crkva sv. Jurja (St George Church)

Finish: at spomenik Matije Gupca (Monument to Matija Gubec)

Entries: on the day at the start (until 10.30)

Entry fees: 60 HRK (ca. 8.10 euros)

You get: T-shirt, lunch after the race

Prizes: trophies to the first 3 M/F, medals to the first 3 in each category; sponsor prizes

Number of finishers 2010: 60 (19.3km)

Event details (in Croatian): www.ak.rudolf-peresin.com


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