The Belgrade Marathon is a marathon race held annually in Belgrade since 1988. It is typically held in mid-April and also features half marathon and fun run for the public.
The Belgrade Marathon is one of the biggest sporting events in Serbia. A group of enthusiasts came up with a plan to restore the race that existed in 1910 from Obrenovac to Belgrade. The first modern marathon in Belgrade took place on May 8, 1988. The track length of the original 1910 marathon was 23 km with several checkpoints. The track length of the 1988 marathon was 46.7 km, with the start and finish being in front of the Federal Parliament Building. Since 1990 the Belgrade Marathon has a standard 42.195 km length.
The 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia did not prevent the marathon from taking place that year, and on April 17 the race was held as a metered group run. About 40 runners from nine countries crossed the finish line at 3 hours 15 minutes and 16 seconds. The runners from NATO countries were Seine Brenson from the USA, and Michael Turzynski and Heinz Lorber from Germany. The latter two are also founding members of the German 100 Marathon Club.
The Yugoslav Sport Society “Partizan” took it upon itself to organize the marathon. The City of Belgarde, its departments and communal services helped organize the event. Also involved were the executive bodies of city government, the Army of Serbia, the Serbian Police, and a number of sponsors. In September 2003, Belgrade declared that the Marathon is an event of special importance for the city. The same organisers also arrange the Belgrade Race Through History, a race around the city’s Kalemegdan fortress, which started in 1996.
Belgrade Marathon is adapted for people of all ages, and is separated into the following categories:
The Kids Marathon is a race for children
The Fun Run is the event with the most participants (5 km)
The Half-marathon is a half-distance marathon that is in accordance with world standards
The Marathon is a standard 42.195 km length marathon
Competition name: The 31st Belgrade Marathon.
Organisation: Belgrade Marathon Ltd.
Date: 21 April 2018
Events: 5 km; 21,1 km; 42,195 km.
Fun Run (5 km)
This is a non-competitive race, there is no registration, winners or placement. It is open for participation. The race starts at 10:05 at the junction of Knez Miloš Street and Nikole Pašića Square (in front of the Serbian Parliament building). The course runs through the following streets: Bulevar kralja Aleksandra – Branka Krsmanovića – Žička – Kralja Nikolaja II (14. decembra) – Mekenzijeva – Trg Slavija – Kralja Milana. The finish is in front of „Moskva“ Hotel.
Half marathon (21,1 km)
It is open for participation, children aged 14 to 18 must provide a written parents’ consent in the Registration centre. The race starts at 10:00 at the junction of Bulevar kralja Aleksandra and Resavska street. The course runs through the following streets: ulevar Kralja Aleksandra – Beogradska – Slavija – Nemanjina – Balkanska – Gavrila Principa – Brankova – Bulevar Nikole Tesle – Džona Kenedija – Bulevar Mihajla Pupina – Bulevar umetnosti – Bulevar Milutina Milankovića – Antifašističke borbe – Most na Adi – Antifašističe borbe – Bulevar Milutina Milankovića – Milentija Popovića – Bulevar Mihajla Pupina – Brankova – Kraljice Natalije – Kneza Miloša – Kralja Milana – Terazije. The finish is in front of „Moskva“ Hotel.
Marathon (42,195 km)
The race is open for participation of everyone 18 or older.
The race starts at 10:00 at the junction of Bulevar kralja Aleksandra and Resavska street. The course runs through the following streets: Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra – Beogradska – Slavija – Nemanjina – Balkanska – Gavrila Principa – Brankova – Bulevar Nikole Tesle – Džona Kenedija – Bulevar Mihajla Pupina – Bulevar umetnosti – Bulevar Milutina Milankovića – Antifašističke borbe – Most na Adi – Antifašističe borbe – Bulevar Milutina Milankovića – Milentija Popovića – Bulevar Mihajla Pupina – Bulevar Nikole Tesle – Karađorđeva – Glavna – Bežanijska – Tošin bunar – Pariske komune – Bulevar Maršala Tolbuhina – Otona Župančića – Narodnih heroja – Bulevar Milutina Milankovića – Tošin bunar – Zemunska – Vojvođanska – Dr. Ivana Ribara – Jurija Gagarina – Dušana Vukasovića – Evropska – Gandijeva – Jurija Gagarina – Omladinskih brigada – Đorđa Stanojevića – Bulevar Crvene armije – Jurija Gagarina – Bulevar Milutina Milankovića – Milentija Popovića – Bulevar Mihajla Pupina – Brankova – Kraljice Natalije – Kneza Miloša – Kralja Milana – Terazije. The finish is in front of „Moskva“ Hotel.
open division (men – women)
The competition is held in compliance with the rules of the Athletic Federation of Serbia and the IAAF.
- Runners arrive to the PRE-START ZONE – Nikola Pašić Square – from 08:30 and not later than 09:30.
- Runners change in the appropriate tent, and give their clothes to volunteers in WARDROBE AREA. Volunteers place clothes in bags which are marked with start numbers of runner and put them away. The clothes will wait for runners in the tent after the end of the race. Runners will pick up their clothes according to their race number. In the pre-start zone runners can use medical aid and toilet facilities.
- Every participant must have the race number under which he or she is registered – otherwise he or she will be disqualified. Race number must be placed on chest area.
- Every runner (marathon or half marathon) must be in the START AREA by 9:45 latest. When taking start position, the elite runners stand just behind the start line, while the others must stand behind the “human wall“.
- Runners at the start area must follow instructions of the official announcer and referees. Runners whose conduct disturbs the schedule and general order will be removed and disqualified.
- At 10:00 a siren will mark the start of the race.
- Each participant in the marathon race must pass the check points on the course. If a participant is not registered at check points for whatever reason he or she loses the official finishing place and time.
- All marathon participants must enter the second lap in New Belgrade (the junction of Mihajlo Pupin and Nikola Tesla Boulevards) by 12:45. Otherwise they will be forbidden to continue further.
- Time limit for the marathon race is 6 hours.
- Runners who are unable to finish the race may approach the nearest medical unit or refreshment point staff along the course and wait for the transport to the PRE-START ZONE or (if necessary) to a medical institution.
- At the entrance of the finish zone (about 400 m before the finish line) the separation of half marathon and marathon runners begins. Marathon runners run on the left hand side of the street and enter the gate on the left side, while half marathon runners run on the right hand side of the street and enter the gate on the right side.
- Both, marathon and half marathon runners who finish the race, will get the medals. Exiting the barrier zone, all competitors will have refreshments, medical aid and toilet facilities at their disposal.
- If a runner wishes to submit the protest concerning the regularity of the race, he or she will approach the main referee at the finish line, make a payment of 1.000,00 rsd (for foreign runners EUR 50) and fill out a specified form. Money is not refundable in cases in which the Jury of Appeals rules that the protest is unfounded. Otherwise the money is refundable.
- Medal ceremony for the open division in half marathon and marathon (men’s and women’s competitions) will be held on the platform at the finish at 13:15.
Marathon and half marathon course
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For more information go to official website Belgrade Marathon 2018 www.bgdmarathon.org