Saturday 16 December 2023

Vodná nádrž Žilina (Žilina Reservoir), Slovakia - Author: Pe3kZA / / CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication / photo cropped by


The Vianočný beh (Christmas Run) is a winter running event held annually in December at the Vodná nádrž Žilina, a reservoir that is situated on the edge of the town of Žilina in Slovakia.

The event has something for everyone:

  • 1km krátka trať (short track)
  • 8.3km stredná trať (middle track)
  • 21.1km polmaratón (half marathon)
  • 42.2km maratón (marathon)

All races begin and end at the Vodné dielo Žilina, a hydroelectric dam across the Váh river.

The 8.3km race is one lap on asphalt bike paths around the reservoir.

The half marathon is two laps plus five kilometres out and back along the river.

Participants in the marathon run five laps around the reservoir.

The event also features a competition for hardy winter swimmers (zimné plávanie).


Map of the venue:


22. Vianočný beh:


  • 16 December 2023 (Saturday)

Start time and race distance:

  • 8.30: 42.2km
  • 10.30: 1km, 8.3km, 21.1km
  • 12.00: 100m, 300m winter swim

Entry fees:

  • €0

Event website:


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