Gdynia - Gdańsk (Poland), Wednesday 15 August 2012

Map start and finish of Maraton Solidarności (Copyright © 2012

The start of the marathon is in Gdynia, the finish in Gdańsk.


The Maraton Solidarności takes place in the conurbation of the Tricity (Trójmiasto), which consists of three cities on the Polish Baltic coast — the shipbuilding cities of Gdynia and Gdańsk, and the chic beach resort of Sopot in between.

The event commemorates the workers killed by Polish communist army and police during the strikes and riots of December 1970 in northern Poland. After more strikes, the Solidarność ("Solidarity") — the first independent trade union in a Warsaw Pact country — was born at the Gdańsk shipyard in August 1980.

The start of the marathon is at the "Monument to the victims of December 1970" in Gdynia. The first half of the race is run on the main road from Gdynia through Sopot to Gdańsk. The second half is out and back to the Westerplatte peninsula, where the first battle of World War Two was fought. The finish line is on Długi Targ ("Long Market"), a beautiful square in Gdańsk's historic centre.

In 2011, almost 600 runners completed the marathon. The top finishers were James Mutua of Kenya (2:23:37) and Wioletta Kryza of Poland (2:55:09).

The Maraton Solidarności is held on 15 August, the feast of the Assumption of Mary, which is an important feast day in Poland.


Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers of 1970, Gdańsk, Poland (Author: Valdoria / / public domain / photo cropped by


Country: Poland

Venue (Map): Gdynia - Gdańsk (from Gdańsk: Poznań 300km, Warsaw 345km, Berlin 500km)

Date: 15 August 2012 (Wednesday; Assumption of Mary - public holiday in Poland)

Distance: 42.2km (IAAF-certified)

Start: 10.00 at the "Pomnik Ofiar Grudnia 1970" on Aleja Piłsudskiego in Gdynia

Finish: ul. Długi Targ, Gdańsk

Entries: online or by post, payment by bank transfer; late entries on the day (until 8.30)

Entry fees: 60 PLN (ca. 14 EUR) (until 14 Aug 2012); 120 PLN (entries on the day); no entry fees for runners 60 years or over

Race centre: ul. Bema 33, Gdynia, near the start (14 Aug 2012, 10.00-22.00; on the day 6.00-8.30)

You get: T-shirt, medal, goodie bag, transport of personal clothing from start to finish, a meal after the race, free accommodation in the sports hall (before the race, on reservation)

Prizes: to the first 10 finishers, to the first 6 women, and to the first 3 in each category

Award ceremony: 14.30

Number of finishers 2011: 587

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