The first Sunday of October is traditionally the day of the oldest marathon in Europe which annually takes place in Košice, Slovakia. Košice Peace Marathon, as it is named, is the second oldest marathon in the world (just after the famous Boston Marathon in USA – 1897). History of this athletic grandpa dates back to 1924, when the first run was held with only eight participants. Košice Peace Marathon managed to survive also the bad times during the World War II and now it is a traditional run of more than 6,000 runners from all over the world.
It is certainly the biggest sporting celebration of Košice, when the whole city turns into a marathon atmosphere. The preparations of the exciting street circuit starts already few weeks in advance. Those of you who are not so brave to run all the 42 km long track, may try the half marathon in the length of 21 km or mini-marathon in the length of 4.2 km. The marathon includes also companies’ run and 20 km long races for skaters, wheelchair users and handbikers. In addition to the main competition there is a rich cultural program, so the visit is also suitable for non-runners.
You can register for the run during the whole year and the registration fee is €30-€50 (depends on the time of registration). You can do so online on the official website of Košice Peace Marathon (at least a week in advance) or personally – the last opportunity to register is this Saturday.
Organizer offers very cheap accommodation in student hostels or you can use the overnight services of one of the many hotels in Košice.
So if you still don’t have plans for this weekend, then come to the most beautiful city in Slovakia and enjoy unforgettable experiences.
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