"Troika Run" 2011
Ljubljana (Slovenia), Saturday 7 May 2011
The Tek Trojk in Slovenia's capital city Ljubljana is a unique event with a special atmosphere.
With more than 4000 participants it's also one of Slovenia's largest running events. It forms part of the annual celebrations that commemorate the liberation of Ljubljana at the end of World War Two.
Participants must form a team of three runners (male, female or mixed). Teams choose between two distances: 12.5km and 29km. School children run 3km.
All team members run the full distance. They must cross the finish line together. It's not allowed to finish the race if the team is not complete.
The start and finish are on the beautiful Prešeren Square in the heart of Ljubljana's historic centre.
The route runs through the old town, through residential areas, and across the densely wooded Golovec hill. Most of the race is on asphalt, but parts of the course are are on dirt roads.
Tek Trojk is mostly a fun event without a prize fund and without entry fees. Each runner just pays 3 euros for the timing chip. All participants get a T-shirt.
The most popular event of the day, however, is usually the "pohod", a traditional 35km walk around the city. Last year, over 21,000 walked along the "Path of Remembrance and Comradeship" (POT), which indicates where a barbed wire fence surrounded the city from 1942 to 1945.
Venue (Map): Ljubljana (Zagreb 138km, Udine 144km, Graz 195km, Venice 244km)
Date: 7 May 2011 (Saturday)
Race distance: 29km; 12.5km; 3km (school children)
Start time: 9.00 (29km); 9.30 (12.5km)
Start and finish: Prešernov trg (Prešeren Square)
Entries: online or by post (TIMING Ljubljana, Organizacijski odbor 55. Pohoda Ljubljana 2011, Staničeva 41, 1000 Ljubljana); entries close 30 April 2011
Entry fees: no entry fees, but 3 euros for each timing chip (9 euros per team)
Race centre: on 5 May and 6 May (13.00-19.00) at Timing Ljubljana, Staničeva 41; on 7 May (7.00-9.30) on Pogačarjev trg (Pogačar Square, at the central fruit and vegetable market)
You get: T-shirt
Prizes: first 3 teams (male, female and mixed)
Showers and changing facilities: public swimming pool in Tivoli park (7.00-13.00)
Baggage storage: in a tent on Pogačar Square
Award ceremony: after the finish of the first 3 teams
Number of finishers 2010: 143 teams (28km), 1108 teams (12km), 201 teams (3km), 21583 walkers
Event website (in Slovene): www.pohod.si
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