Rijeka (Croatia), Sunday 23 April 2017
The 2nd Rijeka Marathon (Croatian: Riječki maraton) and the 16th Rijeka Half Marathon (Riječki polumaraton) are scheduled to be held on 23 April 2017, one week after Easter, at the beginning of the tourist season on the Adriatic coast.
Set in the port of Rijeka, Croatia's third-largest city with a population of about 130,000, the event also features a 10k race, a half marathon relay for teams of three runners, and a 1.8k fun run ("Homo si teć").
Starting and finishing on Korzo, Rijeka's pedestrianized main shopping street, the race takes the runners out and back in three different directions.
The route is scenic and varied but it's not flat. Be prepared for some long ascents and descents. However, except for the turnaround points (three in the half marathon and five in the marathon), there are very few twists and turns on the course, so it's possible to clock a fast time in Rijeka. Both the half marathon and the marathon routes are AIMS-certified.
For the first seven kilometres, the race goes out and back, partly through long road tunnels, into the karstic landscape east of the city.
The next three kilometres are run through the harbour and along the molo longo breakwater (pictured above).
Half marathon and marathon runners then run westwards along the coast, ...
... passing high-rise residential areas and the 3. Maj shipyard:
The half marathoners turn around at the Kantrida football stadium ...
... whereas the marathoners keep running all along the Kvarner Bay to the truly beautiful seaside resort of Opatija:
Venue (Map): Rijeka (Trieste 77km, Ljubljana 114km, Zagreb 159km)
Date: 23 April 2017 (Sunday)
Start time and race distance:
- 10.30: 10km, 21.1km, 42.2km, 3x7km relay
- 10.35: races for kindergarten children and people with special needs
- 10.40: 1.8km "Homo si teć" fun run
Time limit (21km, 42km): 5 hours 30 minutes
Start and finish: Korzo (in the city centre of Rijeka)
Race centre: Expo tent, Gat Karoline Riječke (Friday and Saturday 11.00-19.00; on the day 6.30-9.30)
Entries: online; entries close 14 April 2017
Entry fees (10km):
- HRK 90 (up to 31 December 2016)
- HRK 120 (up to 1 March 2017)
- HRK 150 (up to 23 April 2017)
Entry fees (21km, 42km):
- HRK 120 (up to 31 December 2016)
- HRK 150 (up to 1 March 2017)
- HRK 180 (up to 23 April 2017)
Exchange rate: HRK 100 = ca. € 13.25
You get: sardelica party (anchovy party, Saturday 19.00-21.00), technical T-shirt, a meal after the race, changing facilities (in tents); bus service for relay runners
Prizes (10km): vouchers to the first 3 in each age group
Prizes (21km): prize money to the first 3 men and 3 women; vouchers to the first 3 in each age group (prizes are not cumulative)
Prizes (42km): prize money to the first 3 men and 3 women and to the first 3 men and 3 women from Croatia; vouchers to the first 3 in each age group (prizes are not cumulative)
Award ceremony: 13.00 (21km), 15.45 (42km)
Number of finishers 2016: 394 (21km), 93 (42km), 78 relay teams
Event website: www.rijeka.run
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.