23rd Half Marathon "Ivan Starek"

With more than 300 finishers this half marathon in the green belt of Zagreb was one of Croatia's most popular running events in 2008. The race is held in remembrance of the endurance runner Ivan Starek, 30-times finisher of the "Partizanski marš" ("Partisan March").

The route follows the tollroad that encircles the artificial Lake Jarun in the south-western part of Croatia's capital city. The lake, separated from the River Sava by a dike, was created for the Summer Universiade 1987. It features a 2km-long rowing regatta course, shingle beaches, outdoor cafes, clubs and bars.

You run three laps around the lake. One lap is 6.3km. The first lap includes a loop around the "Island of the Croatian Youth". Juniors run one lap of 6.3km.

The course is completely flat and fast, traffic-free, and certified by the Croatian Athletic Federation.

An international 5km racewalking competition (five laps of 1km) starts two hours after the half marathon.

In 2008, the fastest half marathon finishers were Croatia's Dražen Dinjar (1:08:31) and Slovenia's Daneja Grandovec (1:17:34).


Country: Croatia

Venue (Map): Lake Jarun, Zagreb

Date: 15 November 2009 (Sunday)

Race distance: 21.1km; 6.3km (juniors 19 and under); 5km (racewalking)

Start time: 11.00; 11.20 (juniors); 13.00 (racewalking)

Start and finish: on the car park at the rowing centre at the western end of the lake

Entries: on the day from 8.30 to 10.30 (racewalkers until 12.30)

Entry fees: 80 HRK (ca. 11 EUR); juniors 30 HRK; race walkers 35 HRK

You get: T-Shirt, packed lunch

Prizes: trophies to the first 3 M/F (21km); medals to the first 3 in the categories

Showers and changing facilities: at the rowing centre

Number of finishers 2008: 305 (21km), 20 juniors, 18 race walkers


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