“Dubrovnik is absolutely the best location for the half marathon in the world,” British runner Bedansh Chaudhary told us before the race.
The participation of runners from over 30 countries around the world has once again confirmed the status Dubrovnik enjoys on the international running map and great future that stands ahead. Du Motion also attracted a large number of local citizens of all generations, that way fulfilling its mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle and importance of sport and recreation.
581 runners ran the second Dubrovnik Half Marathon, which was also the Croatian Individual Championship in Half Marathon this year. The best in men’s category were Danijel Fak (1:12:23), Drazen Dinjar (1:13:27) and Macedonian Dario Ivanovski (1:14:01). The best in women’s category were Nikolina Stepan (1:21:34), Tanja Samardzic (1:29:41) and Serbian Aleksandra Marinkov (1:30:29).
New Croatian champions and teammates, Fak and Stepan, promised to return to Dubrovnik next year. “The course is challenging, but interesting. Phenomenal atmosphere, everything is so well organized, our impressions are excellent.”
Besides half marathon, 5-kilometer charity race was run on Sunday as well, with all proceeds from entry fees going for the cancer treatment of young Dubrovnik student Karla Sentic. Over 750 people, many of which were local students and athletes, participated in this race. The fastest in the men’s category were Plamen Aleksiev from Bulgaria (19:57), Martin Molk from Slovenia (20:38) and Patrik Papac from Dubrovnik (20:47). In the women’s category Lucia Lana Alibegovic from Slovenia (25:55), Lejla Krilic from Bosnia and Herzegovina (26:36) and Lea Madesko from Dubrovnik (26:40) were the fastest.
The day before, on Saturday, 50 brave runners participated in the extremely demanding Run the Wall race. It’s not easy to conquer the ancient walls around Dubrovnik’s Old Town, but they were awarded with sunny weather and fantastic view of the city – or as some may know it, Game of Thrones’ Kings Landing! The best among them, Dunja Madesko in women’s category and Zeljko Konosic in men’s, received medals and winning trophies. Saturday was also the day when Dubrovnik’s Old Town main street Stradun turned into the epicenter of laughter and joy thanks to the children’s race with 500 elementary school students, all of which received medals and big applause from the enthusiastic crowd for their efforts.
Du Motion’s runners were delighted by the warm welcome and overall experience, full of praise for the organization, especially for the volunteers. This year’s event justified all expectations even in the demanding weather conditions, raising the bar for the next edition high. Mark your calendars, next edition of Du Motion will be held on 29. & 30. April 2017![/vc_column_text]