19th Zagreb Marathon 2010
Zagreb (Croatia), Sunday 10 October 2010
The race runs along Ilica, Zagreb's main shopping street.
Croatia's largest running event is finally becoming more popular. Last year, almost 1000 runners competed over the full marathon, the half marathon or the 5k distance.
Public acceptance is low, however, and it's not uncommon that locals loudly complain about the city centre being closed to traffic during the five-hour event.
Nevertheless, the atmosphere in the busy start/finish area on Zagreb's elegant main square Trg bana Jelačića is excellent.
Participants pass Jelačić Square several times as the course goes out-and-back to the eastern and then to the western parts of the city.
The half marathon consists of one lap, the full marathon of two laps.
At first, the route runs approximately 8 kilometres along a wide and wind-prone road very mildly uphill to the eastern suburb of Dubec. It passes Croatia's largest football stadium "Stadion Maksimir" and the zoo, which is in the leafy Maksimir park.
Participants return to Jelačić Square to run another 3 kilometres out-and-back along Ilica, Zagreb's main shopping street. In the city centre, the road surface and the tram tracks demand some concentration. Seven tram lines stop at Jelačić Square.
A lucrative prize fund attracts many elite runners from neighbouring countries and further afield.
In 2009, the marathon winners were Andrej Bryzgalov (2:18:35) and Irina Mashkantseva (2:38:58), both of Russia. Hungary's Zsolt Koszár (1:07:34) and Serbia's Ana Subotić (1:17:11) celebrated victory in the half marathon.
Venue (Map): Zagreb (Ljubljana 139km, Graz 183km, Trieste 228km, Budapest 346km)
Date: 10 October 2010 (Sunday)
Race distance: 5km; 21.1km; 42.2km (AIMS certified)
Start time: 10.00
Start and finish: Trg bana Jelačića (Jelačić Square)
Entries: online, by fax or by e-mail (until 8 October, 15.00h), or in person in the race centre (Saturday 9 October); payment by bank transfer or in cash in the race centre (Saturday 9 October); no entries on the day!
Entry fees (21km, 42km): 150 HRK (ca. 20.75 EUR; July 2010)
Entry fees (5km): no entry fees
Race centre: on Jelačić Square (Saturday 9 October 8.00-19.00, on the day 7.00-8.30)
You get: T-shirt; 21k and 42k runners also get a medal and a warm meal
Prizes (42km): prize money to the first 10 M/F and to the first 5 Croatian M/F; prizes are not cumulative; sponsor prizes to the first 3 in each category
Prizes (21km): prize money to the first 5 M/F; sponsor prizes to the first 3 in each category
Number of finishers 2009: 276 (42km), 409 (21km), 300 (5km)
Event website (in English and Croatian): www.zagreb-marathon.com
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