18. Cestovne prekogranične trke
This cross-border half marathon is organized by the twin towns of Barcs in Hungary and Virovitica in Croatia. The event attracts a large number of top athletes, notably from Hungary.
The race alternates in direction each year. In 2008, the race travelled from Virovitica to Barcs. The winners were the Hungarian elite runners Bene Barnabás (1:06:34) and Ida Kovács (1:20:30).
In 2009, the start will be in the small border town of Barcs at the thermal spa complex, which features several indoor and outdoor pools. After just three kilometres participants cross the border and the River Drava. The route through fields and villages in the Drava basin is very flat and fast, but it's not traffic-free.
The finish is in the town centre of Virovitica near Pejačević castle, which is surrounded by a moat and a Baroque park, a protected natural monument with an open-air swimming pool.
Country: from Hungary to Croatia
Venue (Map): Barcs (HUN) - Virovitica (CRO) (Barcz-Varaždin 120km, -Zagreb 150km, -Budapest 264km)
Date: 12 September 2009 (Saturday)
Race distance: 21km; 5.8km
Start (21km): 14.00 Barcs at the thermal spa complex (Termálfürdő)
Start (5.8km): 14.30 Lukač (Croatia) at the "Prajo centar"
Finish: Virovitica town council (gradska uprava)
Entry fees: no entry fees in Croatia, 800 HUF in Hungary
Race centre: at the grammar school (Gimnazija) in Virovitica (11.00 to 12.45)
You get: T-Shirt, chip for timing, a warm meal after the race
Free bus service: at 13.00 from Gimnazija Virovitica to the start in Barcs and at 13.30 to the start in Lukač
Prizes: categories: trophies, certificates and medals; 21km: prize money to the first 7M/F
Number of finishers 2008: 93 (21km), 104 (5.8km)
Photo gallery: www.barcs.hu
Tourist information (in Hungarian, Croatian and German): www.barcs.hu/termal
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