Pleven Marathon 2017 – The movie
Pleven Marathon of friendship – larger and more colorful!
“Georgi Penchev” Cup
Pleven Marathon 2017 – the winners
19th of May – the new outdoor gym in Pleven will be officially open
2 BMW bikes will be drown by lot
Over 60 students from Varna are going to the Pleven Marathon 2017
1st Edition of Pleven Friendship Marathon is complete!
Race Day Information

Pleven Marathon of friendship – larger and more colorful!

550 participants from 21 countries took part in the fourth competition edition

With a record number of participants, beautiful sunny weather and exciting emotions, the fourth Pleven Marathon of friendship took place in the beautiful northwestern Bulgarian town on the 21st of May. More than 550 runners at different ages from 21 countries have gathered last Sunday at the key start zone in the city center to test their strength and racing spirit in the classical 42.2 km marathon, half marathon of 21.1 km, 2 x 10 km relay race, 3 km “I Can!” urban crossing, and a children marathon in three age groups, proving that the active lifestyle and sports are becoming more and more popular among the youngest.

The Kenyan Augusus Kipkulei Kiprono was ranked first of all men, with a time of 2:30:04 in the 42,2 discipline. He managed to break last year’s champion record, set by Dimcho Mitsov, who won second place with a time of 2:36:34. The third place has been won by Iliya Kutsov with a time of 2:41:59.

First of all women is the 18-year-old Gabriela Krasimirova (03:09:02), the second place has been won by Tanya Dimitrova, who has run the distance for 3:12:02, and Violeta Toteva – ranked third with a time of 3:12:08.

Yolo Nikolov is the winner in the half-marathon, who has run the distance for 1:11:23, second, and third place were for Shaban Mustafa (1:11:23) and Ivaylo Kamenarov (1:14:03), respectively. The non-winning champion of the ladies in this discipline for the third consecutive year is Militsa Mircheva, who registered the time of 1:11:22, thus improving her score in 2016 with one minute. Radosveta Simeonova grabbed the second place in the half marathon, and third finished Anita Krasteva (1:30:05).

The winner of the relay race became the tandem partners Georgi and Tencho Zhekovi, who have run the distance with a total time of 1:20:31.

The fastest and the most impressive participants have won medals and awards, provided by the kind partners of the event. Special prizes were given to the oldes,t and the youngest participants of Pleven Marathon of friendship. The 66-year-old Boyka Arsova, and Alan Chase, born in 1948, have been applauded for their great enthusiasm despite their age, while the young Velizara Yancheva and Kiril Yanchev proved to be the youngest athletes in the 3 km cross.

This year’s Pleven Marathon unmistakably strengthened the objectives of the event: promoting an active lifestyle, attracting professional and non-professional athletes from all over world to the regional northwest city, and promoting it as an attractive sports hub.

The organizers of the Pleven Marathon – “Begach” club, Eyes-Open, and Pleven Municipality, respected the tradition of promoting charity through sport for improving the social conditions and enriching the urban environment in Pleven.

“The cause of the race this year is the building of bike, roller skating, and a skateboard ramp in the city. Just a few days ago we opened the biggest outdoor gym in Pleven, built with funds of the fundraising campaign in last year’s third edition of Pleven Marathon” – said the chairman of “Begach” club and organizer of the event Stanislav Georgiev.

“Anyone who wants to contribute to the current cause can do so by buying a branded t-shirt at the marathon “ – he explained.

Full rankings in the main disciplines – marathon (42km), half-marathon (21km), relay race (2×10,5km) can be found on the official marathon website

In its fourth edition, the biggest competition in the region has more than ever confirmed its name “Marathon of Friendship” by welcoming participants from Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Burkina Faso, Italy, Nepal, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Great Britain, USA, France, Macedonia, Japan, Turkey, Ukraine and Kenya.

The efforts of the organizers do not stop with the end of Marathon Pleven 2017. There is already active preparation for the next fifth edition, with the aim of even better organization, hospitality and new sports achievements.

“Begach” club, Eyes-Open, and Pleven Municipality thanked for the kind support and great prizes, provided by the partners Tr.Art Food Company, Deloitte, Spetema, BMW branded M Car Pleven, Kaufland and Vivacom. Partners are also Running Zone, Scala, Pepsi, Easy Credit, Stanimira Chocolate House, Right Rental, Avis Medica, 7Ins, and BFLA.

“Georgi Penchev” Cup

This year the winners of the “Pleven Marathon” will be awarded with “Georgi Penchev” Cup, and medals

The cup is named after the famous marathon player, born in Pleven – Georgi Penchev, who has earned the title sportsman, and who is honorary citizen of Pleven, 8 times Republican champion and one time – Balkan champion – 1948 in Bucharest, and ranked 8th at the European Championship in Kosice, Czech Republic. Georgi has participated in the marathons of all European countries (except Spain and Portugal), and has been a participant in the Paris Marathon – organized by the French newspaper “L’Humanité”. During his racing career, taking part in races and training, he has run a distance of approximately three laps of the globe. The best time of a classic marathon, achieved by the Pleven competitor, is 2h and 27 min.

The special medals and the “Georgi Penchev” Cup will be awarded to the prize troy in men and women in “Pleven Marathon” 2017.

Pleven Marathon 2017 – the winners

The fourth edition of Pleven Marathon was held on 21 May 2017. The race included classic marathon distance: 42,2km, half 21.1, relay (2x10km), free city cross: 3km and Kids’ Race. Here are the winners:


Augusus Kipkulei Kiprono – 2h, 36 min
Gabriela Krasimirova – 3.09.02″


WINNERS HALF-MARATHON (21,1 km) AND RELAY (2×10,5 km):
Half- marathon (21,1 km):
Women: for the third year Milica Milrcheva – 1.20.22
Men – Shaban Mustafa – 1:11:23″
Relay race:
Georgi Zhekov and Pentcho Zhekov

Challenge-myself 3km cross

WINNERS – challenge-myself 3km cross:
Men – Pavel Tankovski
Women – Magdalena Borissova


Boys up to 7 years old: Alek Petrov
Girls up to 7 years old: Victoria Danailova
Boys 8-9 years old: Thomas Valentinov
Girls 8-9 years old: Vyara Valchovska
Boys 10-12: Denis Karamanski
Girls 10-12 years: Joanna Konstantinova

The oldest

The oldest (Hristo Vitkov, born 1936) and the youngest (Velizara Marcheva and Kiril Yanev) with special awards.


THE BIG WINNERS from the BMW bicycles lottery are numbers 110A and 125B.

19th of May – the new outdoor gym in Pleven will be officially open

Плевен - Фитнес на открито

On the 19th of May, 2017 the new outdoor gym in Pleven will be officially open for visitors. The gym is located in park “10-ti Septemvri”, on the back of “Hristo Smirnenski” School, and it is the first outdoor fitness facility of this magnitude in the city.

Built entirely by donations on a terrain, generously granted by Pleven Municipality, the construction is designed for people over 14 years old, and it is equipped with wall bars, two parallel bars installations, three pull-up horizontal bars, gym rings, climbing ropes, roman chair abdominal bench, and push-up devices. The gym is located in park “10th December” (behind Hristo Smirnenski School). The funds are provided by “Pleven Marathon 2016”, and the NGO “Ritzari bez bronya” (Knights without armor), and the project will be managed by Pleven Municipality in connection with the mass sport development in the city.

The outdoor gyms are increasingly becoming an accessible means of active mass sport outside They are a great alternative for physical activity as well as a way for people of different ages, especially the youngest, to be socialized.

2 BMW bikes will be drown by lot

2 BMW bikes will be drown by lot at the end of the award ceremony at 14:00 on 21st May. All registered finishers of the marathon, the semi-marathon, and the relay race will be included in the lot. The winners will be asked to show their marathon number.

BMW bikes

The bike’s striking design concept is complemented by high-quality technical components, which generate a special feeling on the road. With larger wheels (now 28 inches), a 30-gear system and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, it has all the tools to deliver the last word in riding pleasure – on straight roads and twisty or hilly routes alike. The only other hint of its provenance is a discreet BMW badge lurking on the head lug. It has 30 slick Shimano gears, hardcore disc brakes and chunky tyres to ward off glass shards outside pubs.

BMW Cruise Bike:
Weight: 15kg
Frame: aluminium , front sprung
Continental Cruise Contact tyres with ‘safety system’
Forks: SR Suntour XCT
Brakes: Shimano BR-M395 180mm disc
Gears: Shimano Deore 30

Наградите велосипеди са осигурени от M Car Pleven

Main event partner: M Car Pleven


Pleven Marathon of Friendship is looking for volunteers

Бойка Арсова, доброволци

They should be at least 16 years old and there is no upper age limit. Their tasks will be related to helping the racers during the marathon, directing them to the marathon route, and alerting the pedestrians to free the route in case they are crossing. Some of them will be located at ‘support points’, providing water and food to the competitors, supplied by the sponsors of the marathon.

The volunteers’ role and responsibility is huge, since they are the ones taking care of racers’ health and safety.

Плевен маратон, доброволци

Each volunteer will receive a food package, water, a volunteer T-shirt, as well as a signal whistle for warning the pedestrians.

The number of volunteers is over 100, so everyone willing to take part of the event, would have this opportunity.
People can get more information and apply on:, tel. + 359 888979562.

If you’re not a runner, but you’re interested in taking part in sport charity events, apply as a volunteer.

Плевен маратон, доброволци

Over 60 students from Varna are going to the Pleven Marathon 2017

63 students of the International French School in Varna are taking part in “Pleven Marathon 2017”. They have already signed up for the 21.1 km semi-marathon relay within the marathon.

The students paid symbolic participation fees thanks to the event organizers – “Eyes open” and Club “Begach” who made it possible. This is a way sport to be promoted as a lifestyle amongst the young people.

Над 60 ученици от Варна на "Плевен Маратон 2017"

The students of the French school in Varna already have experience in sport events. They have participated in a marathon in Morocco.
The International French School in Varna has been found in 2009 thanks to the initiative of parents who wanted their children to study by the French education system. With the support of the French secular mission, the French authorities, and businesses in Varna and the region, the school is growing rapidly.

Над 60 ученици от Варна на "Плевен Маратон 2017"

“The purpose of the semi-marathon project is to create links between school subjects: science, health, sport, mathematics (distance, speed), geography. We also want our students to participate in important events in their country. We want them to know the effort and the pride of a successful project that is built over several months. We hope that they will cooperate, help each other, get motivated and see that they CAN!” – says the Director of the French school regarding the students’ participation in the marathon.

This is the second organized participation of students in the “Pleven Marathon”. Students from the Cambridge Romanian English School and the Sports School in Pleven took part in its first edition.

Над 60 ученици от Варна на "Плевен Маратон 2017"

Race Day Information

We’re ready for start. Please make sure you read all the race-day info.

Electronic registration is complete, to register on spot you must go to the locations on this page.

Organised bus Sofia-Pleven-Sofia leaves Sofia on Saturday 9 AM and goes back on Sunday from 5 PM. All runners should have received bus info on their emails.

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