33rd New Year's Run Varaždin 2011

Varaždin (Croatia), Saturday 1 January 2011

Varaždin Castle (Copyright © 2009 runinternational.eu)

Varaždin Castle


Central Europe's first running event of the year starts at the stroke of midnight when fireworks go off, champagne corks pop, and non-runners toast the New Year.

The event takes place in Varaždin, a town of around 50,000 people, located on the River Drava in the far north of Croatia.

Women run 3km (one lap), and men run 6km (two laps). The route is flat and fast, mostly through residential areas.

The start and finish are on the edge of Trg kralja Tomislava (King Tomislav Square), the very pretty main square in Varaždin's beautifully-preserved baroque old town.

The Novogodišnja utrka is a small low-key event without any entry fees.

Nevertheless, all finishers get a T-shirt and a certificate. In 2010, the winners were Hungary's Zsolt Benedek (18:48) and local runner Valentina Belović (11:20).


Country: Croatia

Venue (Map): Varaždin (85km from Zagreb, 137km from Graz, 170km from Ljubljana, 280km from Budapest)

Date: 1 January 2011 (Saturday)

Distance: 3km (women), 6km (men)

Start time: 0.00 (midnight, in the night between 31st December and 1st January)

Start and finish: Trg kralja Tomislava (King Tomislav Square)

Entries: Kino "Gaj" (31 December 2010, 21.00-23.00)

Entry fees: no entry fees

You get: certificate, finisher T-shirt and a calendar

Prizes: trophies to the first 3 in each category; prize money to the first 3 men (1000-600-400 HRK) and 3 women (500-300-200 HRK)

Changing facilities: Kino"Gaj", Gajeva ulica 1 (near the start)

Number of finishers 2010: 78 men, 22 women

Event website (in Croatian): www.marathon95.hr


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River Drava, Varaždin (Copyright © 2009 runinternational.eu)

Training ground of the local runners - the banks of the River Drava in Varaždin