Troika Race 2010
Ljubljana (Slovenia), Saturday 8 May 2010
Tek trojk is a special event in the Slovene race calendar. It forms part of the annual celebrations held to commemorate the liberation of Ljubljana at the end of World War Two.
Last year, more than 4,000 participated in Slovenia's second largest running event.
To take part in the Troika Race you need to form a team of three runners - female, male or mixed. You must finish the race together with your teammates. Individual runners are not allowed to cross the finish line.
Teams choose between distances of 12km and 28km. Start and finish are on the beautiful Prešeren Square, the heart of the city. The race travels through the old town, through residential areas, and across the densely wooded Golovec Hill.
The Troika Race is mostly a fun event without a prize fund. There are no entry fees. Each team just pays 4 Euros for the timing chip.
In 2009, an outstanding troika (Mitja Kosovelj, Tone Kosmač and Roman Kejžar) celebrated victory in the 28k race in a time of 1:48:57.
The most popular event of the day, however, was the pohod, a traditional 35km walk along the "Path of Remembrance and Comradeship" (POT). Over 22,000 walked along this gravel footpath which indicates where a barbed wire fence surrounded the city from 1942 to 1945.
Venue (Map): Ljubljana
Date: 8 May 2010 (Saturday)
Race distance: 28km, 12km; 3km (primary and secondary school teams)
Start time: 9.00 (28km); 9.30 (12km, 3km)
Start and finish: Prešernov trg (Prešeren Square); children start in Hladnikova Street
Entries: online or by post (TIMING Ljubljana, Organizacijski odbor 54. Pohoda Ljubljana 2010, Staničeva 41, 1000 Ljubljana); entries close 4 May
Entry fees: 4 EUR per team for the timing chip (payment on the day)
Race centre: Timing Ljubljana, Staničeva 41 (Thursday 6 May and Friday 7 May 13.00-19.00), on the day 7.00-9.30 on Pogačarjev trg (Pogačar Square, at the central fruit and vegetable market)
You get: T-Shirt
Prizes: first 3 teams (male, female and mixed)
Showers and changing facilities: public swimming pool in Tivoli park (7.00-13.00)
Bag storage: in a tent on Pogačar Square
Award ceremony: after the finish of the first 3 teams
Number of finishers 2009: 1072 teams (12km), 145 teams (28km), 172 student teams (3km), 22143 walkers
Event website (in Slovene): www.pohod.si
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