Zagreb Gets Its First Spring Half Marathon This Sunday

Zagreb has many races, marathons and half marathons throughout the year, but what’s been bothering the running community (and it’s an avid and big community here in Zagreb) is the fact that the city, unlike its counterparts across Europe, does not have a spring half marathon. It didn’t take long for mayor Milan Bandic, also known as a an avid proponent of running (the first thing he does every morning at 5:30 am is run laps at his local high school track), to heed their calls and organize one.

So this Sunday Zagreb is getting its first spring half marathon, starting from the National and University Library, Hrvatske Bratske Zajednice street bb, at 9 am, and ending at the same spot. So far more than a thousand runners from 15 countries have applied for the run. So that’s great news for anyone who loves running.

Spring half marathon has been added to the CroRun project as the first race of the year in a series of eight street races: marathons, half-marathons and 10k races held cross Croatia.

Due to the marathon, some streets in Novi Zagreb will be closed for traffic from 7:45 am until 1 pm.  The police will close Hrvatska Bratska Zajednica street from the library across Slobode bridge, through Kajzerica, Radoslav Cimerman street and back to Sava river.

Bus line 234 (Railway Station – Kajzerica – Lanište), won’t operate, while the lines 218 (Railway Station – Savica – Borovje), 220 (Railway Station – Dugave), 221 (Railway Station – Travno), 229 (Railway Station – Odra – Mala Mlaka), 268 (Railway station – Velika Gorica) and 281 (Railway station – Novi Jelkovec) will change their routes in both directions.