Saturday 14 October 2023

Terchová sits on the northern edge of the Malá Fatra mountain range in Slovakia (Copyright © 2016 Hendrik Böttger /


The Terchovský polmaratón (Terchová Half Marathon) takes runners deep into the Malá Fatra mountain range in the northern part of Slovakia.

Participants can choose between three highly-scenic and challenging out-and-back road races: a 5k, a 10k and a half marathon.

The 5k includes 74 metres of ascent, the 10k 130 metres, and the half marathon 370 metres.

All races begin and end at the obecný úrad (municipal office) in the village of Terchová which sits in a beautiful green valley on the northern edge of the Malá Fatra, about 24 kilometres east of Žilina, the fourth-largest city in the country.

The route takes the runners southwards along the Varínka river through the spectacular Tiesňavy canyon and along the picture-postcard Vrátna dolina (Vrátna Valley), the most popular tourist destination in the Národný park Malá Fatra (Malá Fatra National Park). It also visits Štefanová, a very pretty little village with many wooden chalets.

The turnaround point for half marathon runners is at the cable car station at the foot of Veľký Kriváň (1,709m), the highest peak of the mountain range.


Map of the venue:


8. Terchovský polmaratón:


  • 14 October 2023 (Saturday)

Race distance:

  • 770m detský beh (kids run)
  • 5km beh (5k race)
  • 10km beh (10k race)
  • 21.1km polmaratón (half marathon)

Event website:


Number of finishers:

  5km 10km 21.1km
2022 99 122 167
2021 57 135 144
2020 --- --- ---
2019 90 223 139
2018 --- 152 104


No guarantee is made as to the accuracy or thoroughness of the information on this page.