The Warsaw Marathon and Half Marathon starts on the last weekend of September. For the first time, the routes of both runs will be combined, and about 10,000 runners will appear on the streets of the capital. Participants of the Marathon World Deaf Championships will also compete. The route of the royal distance will lead through Śródmieście, Mokotów, Praga, Żoliborz and Bielany. Accompanying runs are also planned: Bridgestone Marathon Relay and New Balance Run for the Five.
The 43rd edition of the Warsaw Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, September 26. This year, the organizers decided to organize a running event together with the 15th Warsaw Half Marathon, so the participants will meet on the same day on one route. – The combination of marathon and half-marathon routes is certainly a historic event. However, on this day, each participant will find the right distance for himself, regardless of his seniority and skill level, because all those willing can also try their hand at accompanying runs – the marathon relay and the five-kilometer run – announces Marek Tronina, president of the Warsaw Marathon Foundation, quoted in the message.
– There are fast, tourist-friendly routes waiting for the players, around which we are counting on the presence of fans. A real running celebration and great emotions are ahead of us. Together, we will write another beautiful and unique page of history – emphasizes Tronina.
43. Warsaw Marathon – route
The route of the royal distance leads through Śródmieście, Mokotów, Praga Północ and Południe, as well as Żoliborz and Bielany. The start is located on Konwiktorska Street in Muranów. The runners will start in four rounds at 8.00 am, 8.15 am, 8.30 am, and 8.45 am. They will have a maximum of 6 hours and 30 minutes to complete the route.
The competitors running the royal distance will start from Konwiktorska Street in Warsaw’s Muranów. The first leg of the route will cover Śródmieście, Żoliborz and both Prague. After the start, the competitors will go along Andersa and Mickiewicza Streets to Wilson Square, then along Krasińskiego Street towards Wybrzeże Gdyńskie, and there, along the Vistula, the route will lead to the Gdański Bridge, where the runners will cross the river and run to Praga Północ. On the right side of the Vistula River, they will head south, towards the National Stadium. Finally, they will cross the Świętokrzyski Bridge, which will end the first stage of the competition.
The second stage will be in Śródmieście and Mokotów. The competitors will run along Kruczkowski, Rozbrat and Wroński Streets to Gagarina Street. They will turn back there and along the following streets: Belwederska, Aleje Ujazdowskie and Krakowskie Przedmieście, they will reach the intersection of Muranowska and Bonifraterska Streets.
The third stage will again include Żoliborz and Bielany. There, runners along Podleśna Street will once again run to the Gdynia Coast and once again run to the Gdański Bridge. In Praga Północ, they will run along the zoo to the Świętokrzyski Bridge, and finally they will find themselves in Powiśle and finish their competition on the Gdańsk Coast. The finish line will be located at the height of the Multimedia Fountain Park.
15. Warsaw Half Marathon – route
Participants of the 15th Warsaw Half Marathon will start from Moliera Street. The starts will be divided into four rounds: 12.00, 12.30, 12.45 and 13.00. The maximum time to complete the half-marathon route is 3.5 hours.
Runners will join the marathon runners on Krakowskie Przedmieście. From there, they will run to the intersection of Muranowska and Bonifraterska Streets. They will run through Żoliborz to Marymont, from where they will reach Wybrzeże Gdyńskie through Podleśna Street and head to the Gdański Bridge. They will run through both Prague along the Szczecin and Hel Coast to the Świętokrzyski Bridge. The last section of the route leads through Powiśle. The finish line for half-marathon runners will also be located on the Gdańsk Coast, at the height of the Multimedia Fountain Park.
Deaf World Athletics Championships
The “Warsaw Marathon” Foundation informs that this year, for the first time in history, the event will also be an arena of competition for the world championship of competitors from the International Federation of Deaf Sports.
“The Deaf World Athletics Championships are held in a four-year cycle, the first time this event was held in 2008 in Izmir, Turkey. After Canadian Toronto and Stara Zagora in Bulgaria, Poland was hosted the 2020 championship. Due to the pandemic, the event was moved to 2021” – we read in the release.
Poland will be represented in the championship by six players: the current bronze medalist of the European championship, Tomasz Gawroński, Tomasz Pick, Rafał Nowak, Małgorzata Mejka, Agata Koszowny and Monika Nowak.
Bridgestone Marathon Relay
The competition as part of the Bridgestone Marathon Relay also takes place on the marathon route. However, it is aimed at teams of three who will share the distance between them. The first shift will be around 14 kilometers, the second – around 10 kilometers and the last – around 18 kilometers.
New Balance High Five Run
The organizers have also prepared a proposal for people who want to try their hand at competing on a shorter distance. At 5.00 p.m. the New Balance Run for the Five will start.
The route will run through Śródmieście and Żoliborz. The competitors will start from Konwiktorska. Next, they will run along Mickiewicza Street to Wilson Square, then run along Krasińskiego Street to the Gdańsk Coast, along which they lead the last two kilometers of the route. The finish line will be located at the height of the Multimedia Fountain Park.
Main photo source: Foundation “Warsaw Marathon”