28. Plitvički maraton 2013

Plitvice (Croatia), Sunday 2 June 2013

Plitvice Lakes National Park (Photo: Author Roybb95 / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain)


Held in the Plitvice Lakes National Park — one of Croatia's most popular tourist destinations — the Plitvički maraton offers three routes: 5km, 16km, and 42.2km.

Last year, approximately 600 runners took part in the 5k race, 400 in the 16k, and 200 in the marathon.

The marathon is a single loop on asphalt roads through dense forests, lovely meadows and remote villages in parts of the national park which tourists hardly ever visit. Unfortunately, you can't see the famous waterfalls from the course but some sections are along the beautiful blue-green lakes.

Both the marathon and the 16km routes are very challenging. Marathon runners can expect to finish at least 10 minutes slower than on a flat course. The climbs are not steep but long. The difference between the lowest and the highest point on the course is around 250 metres.

Be aware that Plitvice is located in an area of extreme weather conditions. In early June, it's usually very warm in the region but there were years when runners wore gloves, wollen hats, and water-resistant clothing.


Country: Croatia

Venue (Map): Plitvice (Zagreb 136km, Ljubljana 212km, Trieste 235km, Budapest 478km)

Date: 2 June 2013 (Sunday)

Race distance: 5km; 16km; 42.2km

Start time: 10.00 (16km and 42km); 10.05 (5km)

Start and finish: at Hotel Plitvice

Entries: online; payment by bank transfer; entries close 17 May 2013; no entries on the day

Entry fees (5km): 80 HRK (ca. 10.50 EUR)*

Entry fees (16km): 120 HRK (ca. 15.80 EUR)*

Entry fees (42km): 140 HRK (ca. 18.40 EUR)*

* exchange rate: 100 HRK = ca. 13.14 EUR (February 2013)

Race centre: Poljana restaurant (Saturday 1 June 2013, 17.00-21.00); at the start (on the day 7.00-9.30)

All runners get: pasta party on Saturday, T-shirt, certificate, lunch on Sunday, free entry to the national park on Sunday

Prizes (5km): to the first 3 M/F

Prizes (16km): to the first 5 M/F and to the first 3 in each category (prizes are not cumulative)

Prizes (42km): to the first 10 M/F and to the first 3 in each category (prizes are not cumulative)

Award ceremony: 15.00

Number of finishers 2012: 609 (5km), 413 (16km), 212 (42km)

Event website (in English and Croatian): www.plitvicki-maraton.com


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