32nd New Year's Race Varaždin 2010
The beautiful Baroque town of Varaždin in the far north of Croatia traditionally plays host to Europe's first running event of the year.
The race starts at the stroke of midnight when fireworks are launched, champagne corks pop, and everyone hugs and kisses and toasts the new year.
Start and finish is on Trg kralja Tomislava, Varaždin's lovely main square and centre of the New Year's celebrations.
The course through the old town and the residential areas to the south is completely flat and fast. Women run one lap, men go two laps. One lap is approximately 3.2km.
Male athletes who have the potential to finish on the podium take the race seriously as the first prize money of the year is on offer. All others can enjoy the moment and have fun.
In 2009, the winners were local athlete Valentina Belović (10:58) and Zsolt Benedek of Hungary (19:13).
Venue: Varaždin (Graz 137km, Ljubljana 170km, Budapest 280km)
Date: 1 January 2010 (Friday)
Distance: 3.2km (women), 6.4km (men)
Start time: 0.00 midnight
Start and finish: Trg kralja Tomislava (King Tomislav Square)
Entries: Kino "Gaj", 31 December 2009 from 21.00 to 23.00
Entry fees: No entry fees!
You get: certificate, finisher T-shirt
Prizes: trophies to the first 3 in the categories; prize money to the first 3 men (2000-1200-800 HRK)
Changing facilities: Kino"Gaj", Gajeva ulica 1 (near the start)
Number of finishers 2009: 67 men, 15 women
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