Saturday 3 June 2023

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia -- Author: Julo (assumed)  / / public domain / photo cropped by


The Plitvice Marathon (Croatian: Plitvički maraton) is a road running event held in the Plitvice Lakes National Park (Nacionalni park plitvička jezera), one of Croatia's top tourist destinations.

There are three race options to choose from:

  • 5km
  • 21.1km half marathon
  • 42.2km marathon

Starting and finishing in the hamlet of Mukinje, the 42.2km marathon is a very scenic loop through dense forests, lovely meadows and remote villages in parts of the national park which tourists hardly ever visit. The route also runs along the shores of some of Plitvice's stunningly-beautiful blue-green lakes.

Both the marathon and the half marathon routes are very challenging. The difference between the lowest and the highest point on the course is about 250 metres. Most of the climbs are not steep but long.

Marathon runners can expect to finish at least ten minutes slower than on a flat course.

The time limit to complete the course is 70 minutes for the 5k race, three and a half hours for the half and six hours for the full marathon.

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


Map of the venue:


38. Plitvički maraton:

Date, start time, race distance:

  • 3 June 2023 (Saturday):
    • 9.00: 21.1km and 42.2km
    • 9.10: 5km

Event details, registration and results:


Number of finishers:

  5km 10km 21.1km 42.2km 42.2km relay
2023 234 --- 338 191 ---
2022 --- 110 234 131 ---
2021 --- 267 293 142 ---
2020 73 --- 120 129 6 teams
2019 310 --- 562 249 25 teams


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