Zagreb (Croatia), Sunday 25 September 2011
On a very warm Sunday in late September, two weeks before the Zagreb Marathon, about 260 runners completed the 4 zagrebačka trga (‘Four Squares’), a 5K race in Croatia's capital city.
Children and teenagers ran distances between 200 and 1,200 metres.
The event, which does not charge any entry fees, may have had more participants if race details had been available earlier than seven days before the event.
Starting and finishing in Zrinjevac, a lovely little public park in the city centre, competitors ran two loops around the squares, museums, theatres and cafés of Donji grad, Zagreb's ‘Lower Town’.
The route was completely closed to traffic but almost a third of the course was run alongside traffic, and there were no kilometre markers. The first 100 finishers were awarded T-shirts, and there was plenty of tea for all participants.
Results 4 zagrebačka trga 2011:
Men 5km: 199 finishers
Women 5km: 60 finishers
Many adults mixed into the children's races.
Teenagers ran 1,200 metres.
These are the 5K runners on their way to Zagreb's main square, Trg bana Jelačića.
Participants passed the Museum of Arts and Crafts, ...
... the Croatian National Theatre, ...
... and many pavement cafés.
There were also a few spectators on the course.
Josip Đunđek was the oldest competitor in the field. He is 87 years old!