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The 45th Warsaw Marathon will start and finish in front of the Palace of Culture and Science for the first time. The unprecedented location is another confirmation that the capital loves runners more and more, and the growing number of registered proves that this love is reciprocated.

The Warsaw Marathon – continuously since 1979 – gathers thousands of participants at the start who share a common passion. “On the last Sunday of September, all those who want to fulfill their running dreams in a unique place on the map of Poland come to Warsaw. The royal distance is governed by its own rules, it is accompanied by a lot of preparations, and their culmination is the start day” – we read in the communiqué of the Warsaw Marathon Foundation who is organizing the event. As they write, the opportunity to cover the route leading through Warsaw, to run through the city’s largest thoroughfares with no car traffic, is a great holiday for runners.

Start and finish in a new place

As the organizers assure, this year the participants of the jubilee 45th Nationale-Nederlanden Warsaw Marathon will have a unique setting and a new route.

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For the first time in history, the start and finish will be located in the very heart of Warsaw, in the vicinity of the Palace of Culture and Science. The run will start from Plac Defilad. “The unprecedented location is another confirmation that the capital city loves runners more and more, and the growing number of registered proves that this love is reciprocated. On September 24, the very center of Warsaw will become an arena for great marathon emotions, running emotions and sports competition on the over 42-kilometer long route,” the statement added.

The competition office will be located in the Palace of Culture and Science, and the runner’s town will be located at Plac Defilad.

“Not only the phenomenal location of the start and finish zone is a surprise that we have prepared. There will also be new routes – the marathon route and the Nice To Fit You of Warszawskie Dycha – say the organizers. The Bridgestone Marathon Relay and children’s runs are also planned.

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Two bridges and Bemowo on the route of the marathon

The new route of the marathon leads from Emilia Plater, passing the palm tree and the National Museum, through the Poniatowski Bridge, then to the Gdański Bridge on the Praga side. Then – return to the left-bank part of the city and run to Wola.

From this moment, the journey begins through places that have not been seen in the marathon history of the capital before – through Stare Bemowo, later the route will refer to history. For about a kilometer the competitors will find in the village of Klaudyn, on Estrady Street. This is where the first Warsaw Marathon took place.

The route of the 45th Warsaw MarathonWarsaw Marathon

Then, the participants will head towards Bielany and Żoliborz and from Marymont they will reach Plac Wilsona. Then the route will lead through Plac Inwalidów, to the viaduct over the Gdański Railway Station. Participants will also run Muranowska.

For the last five kilometers they will run into the very center. The route will lead along Bonifraterska Street, through Krasiński Square, Miodowa, Krakowskie Przedmieście and Nowy Świat. From there, runners will turn into Świętokrzyska Street and then head towards Jasna and Złota. They will run through the tunnel under Marszałkowska and after a sharp turn they will run into Marszałkowska. They will find themselves again on Świętokrzyska, turn left into Emilia Plater and there they will achieve their sports goal.

Profile of the route of the 45th Warsaw MarathonWarsaw Marathon

Warsaw Tenner for beginners

There will also be a Nice To Fit You Warszawska Dycha run, which may be an opportunity for a debut for those who are just starting their running adventure.

The “tenners” route for the first kilometers is the same as the marathon route. The start of the accompanying run is scheduled for 9.30, so runners from a shorter distance will set off to the streets of Warsaw half an hour after the start of the main run. They will run from Emilia Plater to the palm tree. When they pass the National Museum, they will first find themselves over the flyover of the Poniatowski Bridge leading over Powiśle, then a short straight at the National Stadium and at the level of the Świętokrzyski Bridge, turn right.

The halfway point of the run is at Sokola Street. Just outside the stadium, a long and gentle ascent will begin. Then again the Poniatowski Bridge, up to Krucza Street, the route runs parallel to the section covered at the beginning of the run. There, turn right, Złota Street, run under Marszałkowska, turn into Świętokrzyska, and a few hundred meters further – in Emilia Plater there will be a finish line.

The Nice To Fit You route of Warsaw’s DychyWarsaw Marathon

How to sign up?

Registration for the races is on organizer’s website. Starting fee applies. Over three thousand people have already registered for the 45th Nationale-Nederlanden Warsaw Marathon. At Nice To Fit You Warsaw Tenner – almost a thousand. Registration for the Bridgestone Marathon Relay started last Thursday, and registration for children’s runs will open this summer.

Main photo source: Mateusz Szmelter/tvnwarszawa.pl

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