Bratislava (Slovakia), Sunday 1 April 2012
The quickly-growing and well-organized Bratislava Marathon, held annually in spring in Slovakia's capital city, offers various races for all ages and abilities.
Most media attention will focus on the marathon and the half marathon but there will also be many participants in the half marathon relay (four runners), the 10K, the 5K, the children's races and the inline skating competition.
The full marathon consists of two loops of a 21.1km course, which is AIMS-certified.
Start and finish are at the newly-built Eurovea Galleria, a multi-functional complex with retail malls, office spaces, luxury appartments and a five-star hotel, situated on the River Danube, approximately 1.5km to the east of Bratislava's historic centre.
At first, participants run a long loop on roads and bike paths around the vast Petržalka housing estate in the southern part of the city. They come back to the start/finish area and then run a short loop through Bratislava's very pretty old town.
The route is mostly flat and fast. However, the course includes two very impressive Danube bridges, and running up the ramps of the bridges is a real test of strength.
In 2011, a record 655 runners completed the full marathon. The winners were Ashenafi Erkolo of Ethiopia (2:22:09) and Lilian Koech of Kenya (2:45:30).
Venue (Map): Bratislava (Vienna 65km, Brno 131km, Budapest 200km, Prague 333km)
Date: 1 April 2012 (Sunday)
Distance: 42.2km; 21.1km; 21.1km relay (4 runners); (on Saturday: 10km, 5km, children 300m/800m, toddlers 5m)
Start time: 10.00
Start and finish: Eurovea Galleria, Pribinova Street, Bratislava
Entries: online (until 25 March 2012), payment by credit card or bank transfer; late entries in the race centre (until 31 March 2012); no entries on the day
Entry fees (42km): 30/35/45 euros (until 31 Dec 2011/29 Feb 2012/31 Mar 2012)
Entry fees (21km): 20/25/30 euros
Race centre: Eurovea Galleria (29-31 March 2012 until 19.00; on the day 7.00-8.30)
You get: pasta party (on Saturday); T-shirt; timing chip rental; finisher medal
Prizes: prize money to the first 10 M/F in the full marathon and to the first 6 M/F in the half marathon; category prizes
Changing facilities, baggage storage: yes
Number of finishers 2011: 655 (42km), 1628 (21km), 305 teams (21km relay), 717 (5km), 300 inline skaters
Event website (in English, German, and Slovak): www.bratislavamarathon.com
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