KARST HALF-MARATHON AND HOLLYWOOD MOVIES
Could you compete with a Lipizzaner horse? Well, not directly, but the Karst Half-Marathon racecourse goes just past the world-famous Lipizza Stable. The tracks lead through the idyllic Karst geoscapes in Slovenia and Italy. Music groups accompany the rich landscape and make it easier for competitors to handle the kilometers. Warm-ups are organized for runners, depending on the race.
ISTRIAN MARATHON, HALF-MARATHON, & 9.5K
GENEROUS SLOVENIAN CUISINE
The first full marathon (also half marathon and 9.5 K (5.9 miles)) in Slovenia’s road running calendar is the Istrski maraton, Slovenija, or Istrian Marathon (as in the geographic region, Istria). Scheduled for the first weekend in April, the race runs through the three main cities on the Slovenian coast: Koper, Izola, and Piran. The curious thing about this marathon: the Start rotates among different towns, so the marathon is never the same!
RUN OF TRIOS, 29K, & 12.5K
This three-member team race, held in the beginning of May, is a unique running event–the idea for it came from Allied solidarity and partnership during World War II. This historical annual event attracts increasing numbers of competitors for the 29 K and 12.5 K routes (18.3 miles/7.1 miles), which wind through the famous Ljubljana streets. The Path of Remembrance and Comradeship is held at the beginning of May; it’s a reminder of the time when Ljubljana was surrounded by barbed wire during World War II. More than 30,000 participants of all ages compete each year – from preschool to adult. It’s a socially engaging, gentle 32.5 km route (20.2 miles) with eight organized control points.
THREE HEARTS MARATHON, HALF-MARATHON, 10K & 5K
Organized in Radenci in 1981, the Three Hearts Marathon (also 21 K, 10 K and 5 K) attracts several thousand people each year. Since 1436, Radenci (formerly Radein) has been known as the spa for curing heart disease. Its legendary mineral water heals the body and the mind. It’s so clean you can drink it straight from the spring, or fill a bathtub to luxuriate in its bubbles. Top quality health and Radenci’s 250 days of sunshine make this a race of place. Choose from the marathon, half-marathon, 10 K (6.2 miles), or 5K junior & teenage divisions!
FOUR BRIDGES RUN – 5K OR 10K LONG PARTY AT NIGHT
LIVE LIKE A KING AND QUEEN IN MEDIEVAL SLOVENIA
At the center of Slovenia, the Alps begin to incline towards the sea, and thousand-year old impressions of culture, art, and nature beckon to be explored. Discover Škofja Loka, a mystical town of great drama. While running with relay teams at night, you can let your imagination transport you…Become a lord, destined for Loka Castle–or the legendary Negro from the town’s coat-of-arms–or a monk returning to his paperwork within the walls of the Capuchin Monastery–or a traveler on the Stone Bridge, dreading the house–or an artist from the countryside hauling supplies for craft masterpieces–or a farmer gathering crops for the night’s long feast.
10K AROUND LAKE BLED
Lake Bled is one of the most attractive lakes in Slovenia. When the island on the lake is illuminated by lights, it is even more magical. After running along this sparkling gem of a lake, you can jump right into it for refreshment. And, are you ready to try the renowned Slovenian kremšnita just after the race?
BOVEC MARATHON, HALF-MARATHON, & 10K
42K OF PURE NATURE AND A LITTLE BIT MORE OF PURE NATURE
Bovec Marathon and 42K (also half marathon and 10 K (6.2 miles)) offer you pure nature. Watching the emerald beauty of the Soča River, you’ll forget that you’re running. When you see the peaks of the mighty Alps mountains, you’ll want to run even further. Accompanied by accordion music, and compelled by drums and loud cheering, you’ll be welcomed by the local community during this event of a lifetime. Come and join us!
KONJICE HALF-MARATHON, 10K & 5K
FOOD FOR BODY AND SOUL
The Konjice marathon is known for its special care for competitors, its genuine community, and its top-level organization. The gift bag is worth more than the entry fee! Over two hundred musicians perform at the Start and along the route, all the way to the Finish. Thus, runners are motivated by a new musical sound every kilometer; meanwhile, the Finish offers a true musical spectacle, as medals are awarded to winners and participants. Because of this excellence, the Konjice Marathon is one of the few recreational events to have earned the prestigious Athletic Association of Slovenia Award!
VOLKSWAGEN LJUBLJANA MARATHON & CLASSICAL SLOVENIA
Registered in the IAAF calendar, the Ljubljana Marathon, organized at the end of October, is the biggest running event in Slovenia. The first marathon was held in 1996, and there were only 673 runners (mostly from Slovenia) participating. With enthusiastic desire to develop a big event, the marathon was growing, and in 2006 there were around 7,000 runners from Slovenia and other European countries. After two decades, there are more than 20,000 participants every year from different countries around the world.
For those who don’t want to run the whole marathon, options include competing in a half-marathon, a 10 K (6.2 miles) recreational run or a 3.5 K (2 miles) FUN RUN with or without a costume.