Bovec (Slovenia), Saturday 16 September 2017

The Bovec Marathon route offers great views of Mount Svinjak in Slovenia (Copyright © 2017 Hendrik Böttger /


Set in the Julian Alps in Slovenia, the Bovec Marathon offers three multi-terrain races through the strinkingly-beautiful Soča Valley (Soška dolina).


Bovec Marathon - the route runs along the Soča Valley (Copyright © 2017 Hendrik Böttger /


Start time
Race distance Number of finishers 2016
9.00 7.4km Fun Run 401
10.30 21.1km Half Marathon 660
42.2km Marathon 173


More than 1,200 runners took part in last year's event, the first Bovec Marathon since 1985. For 2017, the entry limit has been raised to 2,300 and we dare speculate that the event might be sold out ahead of time.

The start and the finish are on the main square of the small town of Bovec, a popular destination for skiers in the winter and for kayakers and hikers in the summer.

Situated at an elevation of about 460 metres in the Bovec Basin (Bovška kotlina), the town is surrounded by steep, densely-wooded mountains on all sides.

All three routes are single-loop courses which are highly scenic and varied.

But they have not been designed to set any personal records. The fun run features about 50 metres of ascent, the half marathon 160 metres, and the full marathon 410 metres. Approximately one third of the marathon course is on gravel roads or trails.


Country: Slovenia

Venue (Map): Bovec (Villach 59km, Udine 64km, Trieste 117km, Ljubljana 130km)

Date: 16 September 2017 (Saturday)

Start time and race distance:

  • 9.00: 7.4km ("8km") Fun Run
  • 10.30: 21.1km polmaraton (half marathon)
  • 10.30: 42.2km maraton (marathon)

Start and finish: on the main square of Bovec

Entries: online; entries close 3 September 2017; no entries on the day

Entry limit (8km+21km+ 42km): 2,300 runners

Entry fees (8km/21km/42km):

  • € 25 (up to 11 April 2017)
  • € 28 (up to 31 May 2017)
  • € 32 (up to 31 July 2017)
  • € 40 (up to 3 September 2017)

Timekeeping: chip timing (included in the entry fees)

You get: T-shirt, medal, refreshments on the course and at the finish, a meal

Prizes: to the first 3 men and women (all races), to the first 3 men and women in each age group (21km, 42km)

Number of finishers 2017: 328 (8km), 568 (21km), 134 (42km)

Event website (in Slovene and English):

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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.