Sunday 14 April 2024

istrski maraton 2015 crowd side


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 3,000 or more 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.


Istrski Maraton, Slovenia - runners in a tunnel of the former Parenzana railway (Copyright © 2019 Hendrik Böttger /


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.


Istrski maraton, Slovenia - a runner in Izola (Copyright © 2016 Hendrik Böttger /


10. Istrski maraton:


  • 14 April 2024 (Sunday)


  • Lucija (near Portorož)

Event website (in Slovene, Italian and English):



Race information and photos:


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