Runners to mark National Day with a half marathon

Ljubljana, 22 June - Runners will have the opportunity to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Slovenia's independence in style by joining a half marathon in the city of Celje in central Slovenia that will be held on Friday on the eve of National Day.

Three Hearts Marathon
Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA

The 25th Half Marathon of Statehood will take the participants from the local sports arena to Šmartinsko Lake and back to Celje in two laps.

One euro from each participation fee will go to a local charity for underprivileged youth, while competitions for children will also be organised as part of the event.

On the following day on Saturday, runners will have the opportunity to enjoy the view of the rolling wine-growing hills around Slovenske Konjice, north-east.

The Run across the Hills, co-funded by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and the local authorities, is a 3.5-km run that will be held in four categories.

On the same day, the first out of eight guided cycling trips around Slovenian Istria, or the coast, will take place.

The participants will be discovering the cultural heritage sites, cuisine, history and cycling paths meandering across the beautiful countryside.

National Day will be a busy recreational day as the 38th Marathon around Pohorje in the north-east also takes place, taking the participating cyclists around the wooded mountain range near the city of Maribor.

Cyclists of all ages will be able to pick among a 30-, 50-, 70- and 150-km races, all of which will start at 9 AM at the ski lift of the Pohorje ski resort.

© STA, 2016