16th Varaždin Half Marathon 2010
Varaždin (Croatia), Sunday 19 September 2010
Varaždin is Croatia's best preserved Baroque town and well worth a visit. The newly-restored town centre with its beautiful squares and narrow streets is a lovely place for a stroll and a coffee.
As Varaždin is located close to the borders with Slovenia and Hungary the annual half marathon is very popular with runners from neighbouring countries. In 2009, both winners came from Hungary. Monika Nagy won in 1:18:28 and László Tóth in 1:09:09.
The new course, introduced in 2008, is certified and traffic-free. It incorporates fewer turns, and apart from one bridge (which you have to cross twice) it's very flat and fast.
The route is not particularly scenic, and you don't run through the old town, but you pass the castle and you see some different parts of Varaždin. Approximately one third of the course is out-and-back along a quiet country lane.
Start is in front of Stadion Sloboda, which is a few hundred metres north-east of the town centre. Finish is on the athletics track in the stadium.
Venue (Map): Stadion Sloboda, Varaždin (87km from Zagreb, 143km from Graz, 185km from Ljubljana, 276km from Budapest)
Date: 19 September 2010 (Sunday)
Race distance: 21.1km (certified by IAAF), 5km; 400 and 800m (children); 800m (wheelchairs)
Start time: 9.15 (children); 9.30 (wheelchairs); 10.00 (21km and 5km)
Start and finish: Stadion Sloboda, Ognjena Price 31, 42000 Varaždin
Entry fees (21km): 80 HRK (until 16 Sep 2010); 100 HRK (late entries on the day)
Entry fees (5km): 30 HRK
< Exchange rate: 100 HRK = ca. 13.70 EUR (Sep 2010) >
Race centre: Stadion Sloboda (7.00-9.30)
You get: T-Shirt, certificate, pasta party after the race
Prizes (21km): prize money and sponsor prizes to the first 6 M/F; category prizes (medals and sponsor prizes)
Prizes (5km): medals and sponsor prizes
Showers and changing facilities: yes
Award ceremony and prize raffle: 13.00
Number of finishers 2009: 279 (21km), 90 (5km), 51 children
Event website (in Croatian): www.marathon95.hr
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