Record number of runners to take part in 20th Split Marathon next weekend 

(Photo credit: Split Marathon official)

SPLIT, 14 February 2020 – One of Split’s largest sporting events, the Split Marathon, turns 20 this year, and a record 4,000 participants from more than 40 countries will take part this year, organisers announced on Friday. 

The Split Marathon has been a half marathon but for the first time this year a 42km marathon will be held. The Split Marathon programme will be held from 21-23 February with the main event, the 42km marathon, starting from Split Riva on Sunday, 23 February at 9 am.  

20th Split Marathon programme

– ST Sport Expo – 21-23 Feb (SC Gripe)
– DM Kid’s race 6-15 year-olds (22 Feb)
– 5km Slobodna Dalmacija run (22 Feb)
– Maraton, half marathon, relay, (23 Feb)
– Medal presentation & party (23 Feb)

This year over 1,100 international runners have registered. 

The numbers for the marathon race were sold out almost 2 months before the race, organisers said at the press conference. The beginnings of the Split Half Marathon go back to 2001 when it was held for the first time. In the first years it was held exclusively in the area of Marjan Forest Park, and since 2007 it has been held with the start and the finish line on the Riva waterfront as part of St. Dujam’s celebration.

In 2015, the course is changed, it retains the start and finish line on the Riva waterfront, but is circular and through big part of the city and near all of its most interesting symbols.

From 2015 to 2020, the number of participants in the Split Marathon has grown from 382 to 4,000. 

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