14-15 November 2020

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia -- Author: Julo (assumed)  / commons.wikimedia.org / public domain / photo cropped by runinternational.eu


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.

The event takes place annually over a weekend in early June and offers the following races:

  • on Saturday:
    • 5km
  • on Sunday:
    • 21.1km half marathon
    • 42.2km marathon
    • 42.2km relay (10+10+10+12.2km)

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.

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:


Number of finishers:

  • 2020:
    • 5km: 73
    • 21.1km: 120
    • 42.2km: 129
    • 42.2km relay: 6 teams
  • 2019:
    • 5km: 310
    • 21.1km: 562
    • 42.2km: 249
    • 42.2km relay: 25 teams


35. Plitvički maraton:


  • Saturday 14 November 2020 and Sunday 15 November 2020 (postponed from 6-7 June 2020)

Event website:


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