Sunday 16 April 2023
Held on the Istrian peninsula, the Istrski maraton (Istrian Marathon) is one of the most popular running events in Slovenia.
It attracts an international crowd of around 5,000 runners in three races. Almost half of the finishers are women. All three races may sell out well in advance, so early entries are recommended.
These race distances are available:
- 42.2km maraton (marathon)
- 21.1km polmaraton (half marathon)
- ca. 10km rekreativni tek (recreational run)
The venue changes from year to year between the coastal towns of Portorož, Izola, Koper and Ankaran:
Every year, the event features a new route which is closed to all traffic and very scenic and varied.
The marathon route runs along the coast as well as through Istria's beautiful hinterland.
It usually visits the port of Koper, the picturesque small town of Izola, the historic town of Piran and the beach resort of Portorož.
And it takes the runners along the Parenzana (a disused railway track which has been converted into a cycleway) through olive groves, orchards, vineyards and former railway tunnels.
The course is partly flat and partly hilly.
Competitors run mainly on asphalt roads, cycleways and paved coastal promenades, but there may also be a few cobbles and trails.
There is no rich prize fund to attract elite runners. Instead, all efforts go into making it a memorable day for each single participant.
9. Istrski maraton:
- 16 April 2023 (Sunday)
Event website (in Slovene, Italian and English):
Race information and photos:
- 6. Istrski maraton 2019
- 5. Istrski maraton 2018
- 4. Istrski maraton 2017
- 3. Istrski maraton 2016
- 2. Istrski maraton 2015
- 1. Istrski maraton 2014
No guarantee is made as to the accuracy or thoroughness of the information on this page.