Race route

Marathon 

The course is improved compared to the race last year taking into account the feedback and recommendations of the runners, judges and the Bulgarian Athletic Federation. It is flat, with few turns and provides perfect environment for high performance. The course is designed in 2 laps, one big of near 32km and a small one of near 10km, providing variety and fun to the runner. It is a wonderful combination of city central part, road and park.

MARATHON
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  • Surface – asphalt.
  • The route is certified by the Bulgarian Athletic Federation
  • Altitude difference – flat course with 190m positive altitude difference.
  • The Start line is at the very heart of the city in front of the Mausoleum and the City Hall. The runners will enjoy the just renovated beautiful city center of Pleven.
  • The runners start off in the direction to Sofia running along the pedestrian main street exiting to the road to Sofia.
  • Right after the 7th km they go right under the main road reaching to and crossing a historical wooden bridge after which they make a U-turn running back to the start/finish line, passing along it (near 15km so far).
  • After the 18th km they enter the beautiful park Kaylaka.
  • Close to the 21st km they exit the pedestrian zone of the park and step on the road to the dam (in a forest area).
  • After the 23rd km, after the Wine Museum, they make U-turn next to the dam.
  • they run to the very start of the park, where at about 28th км, they make U-turn and run back to the dam in the shady and beautiful park atmosphere giving stamina for the final push.
  • At near 34th km they make the last U-turn next to the dam running back to the Finish line in front of the Mausoleum. Do not forget to smile to the cameras and the cheering audience :).

The refreshment points will contain water, energy drinks (Gatorade), dry fruits, fresh fruits (bananas and apples) and crackers. The beverage points will offer water and energy drinks (Gatorade). They are located approximately at each 2.5km as follows:

Marathon – 42.2км:
– 5км – refreshment points (RP)
– 7.5км – beverages (B)
– 10.5км – RP
– 14.5км – RP
– 17км – B
– 20км – RP – personal energy drinks and gels can be left
– 22.5км – B
– 25.5км – RP – personal energy drinks and gels can be left
– 28.5км – B
– 31.5км – RP – personal energy drinks and gels can be left
– 34км – B
– 37км – RP – personal energy drinks and gels can be left
– 39.5км – B
– finish – RP

 Half Marathon and 2x10k relay

The course is improved compared to the race last year taking into account the feedback and recommendations of the runners, judges and the Bulgarian Athletic Federation. It is flat, with few turns and provides perfect environment for high performance. The course is designed in one lap thus providing variety and fun to the runner. It is a wonderful combination of city central part, road and park.

HALF-MARATHON
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  •  Surface – asphalt.
  • Altitude gain – flat course with 80m positive altitude difference.
  • The Start line is at the very heart of the city in front of the Mausoleum and the City Hall. The runners will enjoy the just renovated and beautiful city center of Pleven.
  • The runners start off in the direction to Sofia running across the pedestrian main street exiting to the road to Sofia.
  • Right after the 3rd km they make a U-turn running back to the start/finish line, passing along it.
  • After the 7th km they enter the beautiful park Kaylaka.
  • Close to the 10th km they exit the pedestrian zone of the park and step on the road to the dam (in a forest area). This is the section where the relay runners shift.
  • Shortly after the 13th km, after the Wine Museum, they make U-turn
  • running back to the Finish line in front of the Mausoleum. Do not forget to smile to the cameras and the cheering audience :).

The refreshment points will contain water, energy drinks (Gatorade), dry fruits, fresh fruits (bananas and apples) and crackers. The beverage points will offer water and energy drinks (Gatorade). They are located approximately at each 2.5km as follows:

Half-marathon – 21.1км:
– 5км – refreshment points (RP – beverages and food)
– 7.5км – beverages (B – beverages)
– 10.5км – RP (relay shift point) – personal energy drinks and gels can be left
– 13км – B
– 16км – RP- personal energy drinks and gels can be left
– 19км – B
– finish – RP
3km City Cross

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