20. Maraton Solidarności 2014
Gdynia - Gdańsk (Poland), Friday 15 August 2014
The Solidarity Marathon is held every year on August 15, the feast of the Assumption of Mary, an important feast day in Poland.
Last year, 739 runners completed the 42.2km race through the Tricity, a conurbation of three cities on the Baltic coast — the shipbuilding cities of Gdynia and Gdańsk, and the chic beach resort of Sopot in between.
The event commemorates the workers who were killed by Polish communist army and police during the strikes and riots of December 1970 in northern Poland.
In August 1980, after more strikes, the Solidarność ("Solidarity"), the first independent trade union in a Warsaw Pact country, was born at the Gdańsk shipyard.
The new marathon course is gently undulating and IAAF-certified, starting at the ‘Monument to the victims of December 1970’ in Gdynia and finishing on Długi Targ, a beautiful square in the historic centre of Gdańsk.
The time limit to finish the race is 5hr 30min.
Venue (Map): Gdynia - Gdańsk
Date: 15 August 2014 (Friday; Assumption of Mary; public holiday in Poland)
Race distance: 42.2km (PZLA- and IAAF-certified)
Start: 10.00 in Gdynia, Aleja Piłsudskiego, near the "Pomnik Ofiar Grudnia 1970" ("Monument to the victims of December 1970")
Finish: in Gdańsk, ul. Długi Targ
Race centre: ul. Bema 33, Gdynia (14 Aug 2014, 10.00-22.00; on the day 6.00-8.30)
Entries: online or by post or phone; payment by bank transfer; entries close 8 Aug 2014; late entries only in exceptional cases; no entry fees for runners aged 60 years or over
Entry fees: 70/100/150 PLN (up to 31 July/8 Aug/15 Aug 2014)
Exchange rate: 100 PLN = ca. 24 EUR (August 2014)
You get: technical T-shirt, goodie bag, transport of personal clothing from the start to the finish, chip timing, finisher medal, showers, a meal after the race, bus service from Gdańsk to Gdynia (after the race at 16.30); free accommodation option in a sports hall (before the race, on reservation)
Prizes: to the first 12 finishers, to the first 6 women, and to the first 3 in each category
Award ceremony: 14.30
Number of finishers 2013: 739
Event website (in Polish and English): www.maratongdansk.home.pl
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