Gdynia - Sopot - Gdańsk (Poland), Monday 15 August 2016
The Solidarity Marathon (Polish: Maraton Solidarności) is held every year on August 15, the feast of the Assumption of Mary, an important feast day in Poland.
Last year, 724 runners completed the 42.195km point-to-point 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 course, which is gently-undulating and IAAF-certified, begins at the ‘Monument to the victims of December 1970’ in Gdynia. The finish line is on Długi Targ, a beautiful square in the historic centre of Gdańsk.
The Solidarity Marathon 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.
Venue (Map): Gdynia - Gdańsk
Date: 15 August 2016 (Monday/Assumption of Mary/public holiday in Poland)
Race distance: 42.195km (PZLA- and IAAF-certified)
Start: at 9.30 (ceremonial start at 9.00) on Aleja Piłsudskiego in Gdynia, near the "Pomnik Ofiar Grudnia 1970" ("Monument to the victims of December 1970")
Finish: ul. Długi Targ in Gdańsk
Time limit: 5 hours 30 minutes
- Sala BHP (BHP Hall conference and exhibition centre), ul. Doki 1, Building 131 A, Gdańsk (13 and 14 August 2016, 11.00-19.00)
- Młodzieżowy Dom Kultury (Youth Community Centre), ul. Bema 33, Gdynia (on the day 6.30-8.30)
Entries: online; entries close 8 Aug 2016; late entries only in exceptional cases; no entry fees for runners aged 60 years or over
Entry fees: 59/79/89/150 PLN (up to 15 March/15 July/8 August/14 August 2016)
Exchange rate: 100 PLN = ca. 22.60 (May 2016)
Timekeeping: DATA SPORT bib chip timing (included in the entry fees)
You get: transport of personal clothing from the start to the finish, finisher medal, a meal after the race, bus service from Gdańsk to Gdynia (after the race at 16.30); free accommodation option in a sports hall in Gdynia (before the race, on reservation)
Prizes: to the first 6 men and 6 women; to the first 3 in each age group
Number of finishers 2015: 724
Event website (in Polish and English): www.maratongdansk.home.pl
No guarantee is made as to the accuracy or thoroughness of the information on this page. Please visit the official event website to verify the above information.