Ljubljana Marathon
The Ljubljana Marathon Logo
DateLast Sunday in October
LocationLjubljana, Slovenia
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon
Primary sponsorVolkswagen
Established1996 (25 years ago) (1996)
Course recordsMen's: 2:04:58 (2018)
Ethiopia Sisay Lemma
Women's: 2:21:26 (2019)
Kenya Bornes Chepkirui
Official siteLjubljana Marathon
Participants1,517 (2019)
1,664 (2018)
Running on Vienna Street [sl] under a railway bridge near Ljubljana station about one kilometre into the race, 2015
Running on Vienna Street [sl] under a railway bridge near Ljubljana station about one kilometre into the race, 2015

The Ljubljana Marathon (Slovene: Ljubljanski maraton) is a marathon organised in Ljubljana by the City Municipality of Ljubljana (MOL). It has been taking place since 1996 and attracts several thousand people each year.

History

The marathon was first held on 27 October 1996.[1][2] A total of 673 runners participated in the inaugural event, with 153 runners taking part in the marathon.[3]

In 2020, the 25th Ljubljana Marathon was postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, with all registrants given the option of transferring their entry to 2021 or obtaining a full refund.[4][5] However, the marathon organizers were also planning to hold another marathon that was compliant with coronavirus restrictions, called the "Maraton po Ljubljani",[a] on the originally scheduled date of 25 October 2020, with only up to 450[b] runners allowed to take part.[4][7][c] Nine days before the scheduled date, the Maraton po Ljubljani was cancelled due to the second wave of the pandemic, with all registrants automatically receiving refunds.[8][9]

Course

External images
image icon Course map of full marathon in 2015[10]
image icon Course map of full marathon in 2019[11]
Profile of full marathon in 2015
Profile of full marathon in 2015

The marathon runs on roughly a loop course that begins on Slovenia Street [sl] near the national theatre and ends about a block away in Congress Square.[11]

Runners first run north along Slovenia Street into the Bežigrad District before heading west into the Šiška and Dravlje Districts.[11] The course then heads south into the Rožnik District, running west of Rožnik Hill, before heading back toward the city centre for the halfway point.[11]

The marathon then briefly heads southwest into the Vič District before heading east through the Trnovo and Rudnik Districts.[11] Runners then head back northwest to the Ljubljanica river, roughly following the river northeast until they cross Zalog Street [sl].[11] The course then enters the Jarše District by running northwest along Kajuh Street [sl] before the marathoners enter the Bežigrad District again and then head back south to the city centre to finish at Congress Square.[11]

Other races

Teenagers running on Slovenia Street [sl] in front of Hotel Slon [sl], 2013
Teenagers running on Slovenia Street [sl] in front of Hotel Slon [sl], 2013

In addition to the marathon, a half marathon (21.098 km (13.110 mi)), a 10K run, a fun run (3.150 km (1.957 mi)), and a free run for kids (200 m (660 ft)) are organised.[12][13][14] A number of races of different lengths for schoolchildren of different ages are also held.[12]

Winners

Start line of 20th edition in 2015
Start line of 20th edition in 2015
Finish line in 2015
Finish line in 2015
The 11th Ljubljana Marathon
The 11th Ljubljana Marathon
Total participants in all races
Total participants in all races

Key:    Course record

Year Men's winner Time[d] Women's winner Time[d] Rf.
2020 postponed due to coronavirus pandemic [4]
2019  Kelkile Gezahegn (ETH) 2:07:29  Bornes Chepkirui (KEN) 2:21:26
2018  Sisay Lemma (ETH) 2:04:58  Visiline Jepkesho (KEN) 2:22:58
2017  Marius Kimutai (BHR) 2:08:33  Shuko Genemo (ETH) 2:27:02
2016  Laban Mutai (KEN) 2:09:16  Purity Changwony (KEN) 2:29:32
2015  Limenih Getachew (ETH) 2:08:19  Melkam Gizaw (ETH) 2:25:42
2014  Ishhimael Chemtan (KEN) 2:08:25  Janet Rono (KEN) 2:29:16
2013  Mulugeta Wami (ETH) 2:10:26  Caroline Chepkwony (KEN) 2:27:27 [15]
2012  Berhanu Shiferaw (ETH) 2:09:40  Workenesh Tola (ETH) 2:30:45
2011  Daniel Too (KEN) 2:08:25  Lydia Kurgat (KEN) 2:33:01 [16][17]
2010  Evans Ruto (KEN) 2:10:17  Tiruwork Mekonnen (ETH) 2:37:16
2009  William Biama (KEN) 2:10:12  Caroline Kilel (KEN) 2:25:24
2008  Abraham Mulu (ETH) 2:14:41  Tetyana Mezentseva (UKR) 2:37:13
2007  Oleksandr Sitkovskyy (UKR) 2:12:49  Tetyana Filonyuk (UKR) 2:34:58
2006  Joachim Nshimirimana (BDI) 2:14:14  Inga Juodeškiene (LTU) 3:01:55
2005  Samuel Nganga (KEN) 2:15:47  Daneja Grandovec (SLO) 2:50:42
2004  Joachim Nshimirimana (BDI) 2:13:31  Yelena Razdrogina (RUS) 2:46:30
2003  Andriy Naumov (UKR) 2:13:58  Galina Zhulyeva (UKR) 2:38:13
2002  Andriy Naumov (UKR) 2:14:30  Galina Zhulyeva (UKR) 2:39:36
2001  Roman Kejžar (SLO) 2:22:57  Nada Rotovnik-Kozjek (SLO) 3:09:47
2000  Patrick Chumba (KEN) 2:13:35  Maria Luisa Costetti (ITA) 3:08:38
1999  Woliye Jara (ETH) 2:20:53  Lyudmila Petrova (RUS) 2:52:25
1998  Piotr Pobłocki (POL) 2:18:20  Helena Javornik (SLO) 2:32:33
1997  Charles Subano (KEN) 2:19:28  Helena Javornik (SLO) 2:40:05
1996  Roman Kejžar (SLO) 2:20:12  Helena Javornik (SLO) 2:37:58

Statistics

Note: Marathon statistics only

Multiple wins

Winners by country

Country Men's race Women's race Total
 Kenya 9 6 15
 Ethiopia 6 4 10
 Ukraine 3 4 7
 Slovenia 2 5 7
 Russia 0 2 2
 Burundi 2 0 2
 Poland 1 0 1
 Lithuania 0 1 1
 Italy 0 1 1

Notes

  1. ^ This race has been referred to in English as the "Marathon on the Streets of Ljubljana".[5]
  2. ^ The National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) does not allow organized events to exceed 500 participants, and there would be about 50 organizers present during the race.[6]
  3. ^ A separate registration process for the Maraton po Ljubljani was scheduled to open on 1 October at 10:25.[4] In addition, this race would not be considered a Ljubljana Marathon so that the 25th Ljubljana Marathon would not be celebrated in 2020.[7]
  4. ^ a b h:m:s

References

  1. ^ https://arrs.run/HP_LjubljanaMa.htm
  2. ^ https://vw-ljubljanskimaraton.si/en/history
  3. ^ https://vw-ljubljanskimaraton.si/en/history/participation
  4. ^ a b c d https://vw-ljubljanskimaraton.si/novice/volkswagen-25-ljubljanski-maraton-se-prestavi-v-leto-2021-vseeno-pa-bomo-v-ljubljani-tekli
  5. ^ a b https://vw-ljubljanskimaraton.si/en/news/the-volkswagen-25th-ljubljana-marathon-is-postponed-into-2021-but-we-will-be-running-anyway
  6. ^ https://www.delo.si/novice/slovenija/ljubljanski-maraton-bo-a-z-le-450-tekmovalci-349078.html
  7. ^ a b https://siol.net/sportal/rekreacija/kaksna-bo-usoda-letosnjega-ljubljanskega-maratona-533895
  8. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20201017004314/https://vw-ljubljanskimaraton.si/en/news/cacneled
  9. ^ https://www.total-slovenia-news.com/sport/7145-next-weekend-s-ljubljana-marathon-2020-called-off
  10. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20151011105501/https://vw-ljubljanskimaraton.si/sl/trasa-maraton
  11. ^ a b c d e f g https://web.archive.org/web/20200912004315/https://vw-ljubljanskimaraton.si/en/news/refreshment-and-water-stations
  12. ^ a b https://web.archive.org/web/20200821030348/https://vw-ljubljanskimaraton.si/
  13. ^ https://vw-ljubljanskimaraton.si/en/fun-run
  14. ^ https://vw-ljubljanskimaraton.si/en/lumpi-run
  15. ^ "Chepkwony beats the breeze in Ljubljana". IAAF. 27 October 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  16. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20111026174725/http://www.timingljubljana.si/lm16/M42.htm
  17. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20111026051805/http://www.timingljubljana.si/lm16/Z42.htm