STA, 24 October - The 25th Ljubljana Marathon will take place in the Slovenian capital on Sunday, after it was cancelled due to the pandemic last year. This year's edition was slightly altered as well - all the races will be taking place on the same day, with runners testing their abilities on courses of 10km, 21km and 42km.
This year's marathon has been slightly downsized, so there were no traditional races for schoolchildren on the streets of Ljubljana in the days leading up to the main marathon.
In addition, no elite runners from abroad have signed up, while the best Slovenian marathon runners have not entered the 42km race either, opting for shorter distances instead.
The event will be opened at 9am by hand-cyclists riding a half-marathon, followed by the races on courses of 10km, 21km and 42km. The weather is expected to be sunny, with a cold morning and with temperatures rising up to 12 degrees Celsius during the day.
Leading up to the Ljubljana Marathon, the "Pink Marathon" took place throughout the month of October. With participating through the Strava app, runners were able to make a donation to the independent non-profit breast cancer awareness organisation Europa Donna.
An open fair was also held in Republic Square from Friday to Sunday with different activities for runners, athletes, fans, families and curious passers-by, said the organisers.
They said that last year's cancellation of the marathon due to the epidemic caused them significant financial damage, which they are hoping to avoid with this year's edition.