22nd International Piła Half Marathon 2012
Piła (Poland), Sunday 9 September 2012
The Półmaraton Piła is one of Polands most prestigious road running races. Over 2,000 runners took part in the half marathon last year. The fastest finishers were Martin Muia Mukule of Kenya (1:02:25) and Agnieszka Gortel of Poland (1:14:43).
Situated in a low-lying region in north-western Poland, Piła is a largely modern town of about 75,000 people. There aren't many sites of historic interest but it's a pleasant and welcoming town with lots of green spaces and parks. Piła is surrounded by dense forests, and there are many rivers and lakes nearby.
The start and the finish of the half marathon are approximately one kilometre apart. The route consists of a 3-kilometre loop through the town centre, followed by an 18-kilometre loop through residential and green areas.
The route is mostly flat but it includes an undulating section in the middle of the course when runners cross the River Gwda in the Zielona Dolina ("Green Valley").
For the first nine years, the route was 15km long. Since 2000, it has been a half marathon.
Venue (Map): Piła (Poznań 103km, Gdańsk 225km, Berlin 272km, Warszawa/Warsaw 357km)
Date: 9 September 2012 (Sunday)
Race distance: 21.1km (certified by AIMS/IAAF)
Start: 11.00 Aleja Wojska Polskiego, Piła
Finish: Plac Zwycięstwa, Piła
Entries: online or by post (until 31 Aug 2012); payment by bank transfer; late entries on Saturday 8 Sep 2012; no entries on the day
Entry fees: 45/70/90 PLN (until 17 Jul/31 Aug/8 Sep 2012)
Exchange rate: 10 PLN = ca. 2.40 EUR (April 2012)
Race centre: Sports hall of Szkoła Podstawowa nr 1, ul. Buczka 11, Piła (8 Sep 2012, 17.00-22.30; on the day 7.00-10.00)
You get: finisher medal, T-shirt, goody bag, pasta party; free accommodation in the sports hall
Prizes: prize money to the first 10M/F and to the first 3 in each category
Number of finishers 2011: 2114
Event website (in Polish, English and German): www.en.halfmarathon.pl
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