STA, 11 September 2020 - Ljubljana Marathon received the green light on Friday from the National Institute for Public Health (NIJZ) to host on 25 October what is known as the largest running event in the country. Although significantly downsized due to coronavirus, the marathon will be held, director Gojko Zalokar confirmed for the STA.
As customary, the tracks will be 10, 21 and 42 kilometres long, Zalokar said.
The organisers started accepting applications for the event in early March, only days before the epidemic was declared in the country. Ever since, talks have been under way on how and whether to carry out the marathon.
Because of coronavirus restrictions, this year only up to 500 participants will be able to take part, including 50 representatives of the organisers. So far, the annual event usually attracted almost 14,000 runners.
This year's marathon will be 25th, but the anniversary will be marked next year, Zalokar said.
Applications for this year's event will be accepted as of 1 October. Only the first 450 runners to apply will be able to take part.
The organisers invite all those who will not be able to apply to take part in the virtual marathon.
Those who had registered in the first round have the option of transferring the registration fee to 2021 or get a refund.