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Run along Slovenian coast or try out dry slalom

Izola/Mengeš, 1 November - Recreation enthusiasts are invited this week to join a traditional running and hiking event along the Slovenian coast or try out slalom without snow and skis on the slopes above Mengeš near Ljubljana.

The coastal road between Koper and Izola
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

The 37th Martin's Run and Hike is a traditional event around St. Martin's Day taking place in Izola on Sunday, and according to organisers is one of the most attractive running events in Slovenia.

The route includes a climb to a spot with "one of the most beautiful views of the Slovenian coast", two tunnels, several kilometres of running along the very coast and a section along the former narrow-gauge railway Parenzana.

The 6th Dry Slalom on Mengeš Hut is a somewhat different running event taking place on Saturday in Gobavica above Mengeš north of Ljubljana.

The dry slalom is a run with ski poles among slalom gates intended for all. The course will run on a grassy slope, with the participants being able to pick between two lengths. "Chestnuts for all and medals for the best", the organisers have said.

Runners and hikers are also invited to an event in Velenje. Starting this Saturday, it will be taking place every Saturday at 9 AM on the trail around the local coal mine until 6 January 2018.

According to the organisers, the aim is to "stay fit during the winter and improve your fitness through competitiveness". One lap is 5.6 kilometres long, and the sum of four best times by an individual will count as the result.

"You don't need to be a veggie to run with us," is meanwhile the slogan inviting to a traditional event in Celje on Sunday.

Participants of the 7th Veggy Run can pick between a 6-km and a 11-km run, both of which start and finish at the local rowing centre. The route runs on sand, soil, grass and tarmac.

A part of the money raised with participation fees will go to animal rights associations.

© STA, 2017