33rd New Year's Run Varaždin 2011
Varaždin (Croatia), Saturday 1 January 2011
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).
Venue: Varaždin (Zagreb 85km, Graz 137km, Ljubljana 170km, Budapest 280km)
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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