89. Maratón mieru 2012
Held since 1924, the Peace Marathon in Košice, Slovakia's second-largest city, is Europe's oldest marathon race.
Around 800 runners took part in last year's 88th edition of the marathon, and over 1500 completed the half marathon.
The course is a 21km-loop, which is certified, traffic-free, and mostly flat and fast. Participants in the 42km marathon run two laps.
Starting and finishing on Košice's very pretty main square, the route runs through the historic town centre and through residential areas.
Košice is a pleasant and lively city of 240,000 people. The marathon has a high standing among the residents, and many of them give the runners their support.
In 2011, the marathon winners were Elijah Kiprono Kemboi of Kenya (2:11:15) and Maryna Damantsevich of Belorussia (2:33:53).
Venue (Map): Košice (Kraków 247km, Budapest 258km, Bratislava 460km, Vienna 504km)
Date: 7 October 2012 (Sunday)
Race distance: 42.2km, 21.1km; 42.2km relay (4x10.55km); 20km (inline skaters, handcyclists, wheelchairs); 4.2km (non-competitive run without time-keeping)
Start time: 8.55 (20km); 9.00 (21km, 42km); 9.07 (4.2km)
Start and finish: at 'Hotel Doubletree by Hilton', Hlavná 1, Košice
Entries: online (until 30 Sep 2012); payment by credit card or bank transfer; no entries on the day
Entry fees (42km, 21km, 20km): € 30/35/40/50 (until 30 Apr/30 Jun/15 Sep/after 15 Sep 2012)
Entry fees (42km relay): € 120 per team
Race centre: Marathon Expo, near the start (5 Oct 2012, 10.00-20.00; 6 Oct 2012, 8.00-20.00)
You get: pasta party (on Saturday), T-shirt, timing chip rental, finisher medal
Prizes: prize money to the first 10 men and 6 women; category prizes
Number of finishers 2011: 775 (42km), 1504 (21km), 63 relay teams, 250 inline skaters, 17 handcyclists/wheelchairs
Event website (in Slovak and English): www.kosicemarathon.com
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