[2015] The Running Festival Half – The Visegrad Run

Already for the second time there will be the half marathonin Krynica within the PZU Running Festival. Due to cooperation with the Visegrad Fund, the run will be enriched with international dimension thus emphasizing the sport scope of the Polish- Slovak cooperation.

The half marathon - Visegrad Run is a proposal both for those who are active on a daily basis and do run regularly but they do not feel ready to strive 42, 195 km and for those who need more 5 or 10 kilometers challenge.

Alike last year, all half marathon participants will run their starting 5 kilometers on the festival third day together with the marathoners. The beginning is set on 13th September at 8.30 a.m. at the Krynica promenade.

Why is it worth to take part in the Visegrad Run? How is it to run around Krynica- Zdrój, Powroźnik and Tylicz?

– It’s great and well-organised run – says Bartłomiej Tomkiewicz from Krosno who was on the eighth position last year. – The route, even it’s rather fast at the same time is not the easiest one. Rarely among Polish runs there are ones with such a hilly road, obviously apart from typical mountain runs.

Tomkiewicz from Podkarpacie explains that beginning of the marathon might be misleading- through the first 5 kilometers, the path goes down. Only after the runs up appear, including the crucial one in Tylicz. – But the reward awaits in the final stage – adds AndrzejAugustyn from Stalowa Wola. – It leads down the hill directly to the finish line on Krynica promenade.

Last year, the run was completed by 499 participants. How does it look like this year? The prognosis is very promising - there has been already over 830 people registered, among them many who will come for the second time. Alas, Andrzej Augustyn will not be able to participate this year. – I would eagerly come but the Achilles tendons injury does not allow me – complains the runner. – But I will catch up in the coming year.

Such obstacles do not concern Iwona Kwiatkowska who comes from Elbląg, situated over 750 from Krynica. Last year, she was the second in her age group. – I would like to beaten my last year record – announces. – But a lot depends on weather – adds Iwona.

Due to the road profile, achieving personal best here is not workable. Again, the satisfaction of completing the run is high than after the typical run on a flat surface, which are plenty of the the running offer. It is worth of challenging the other countries representatives who are always numerous in Krynica but this year due to cooperation with the Visegradfund there will be better represented.

To join the half marathon and other festival runs, you need to fill the form HERE

We also recommend the Visegrad discussion during the Sport-Health-Money conference, it will be dedicated to the issue of the sport offer in Visegrad countries and the cooperation both between the organisers and between the sportsmen. The details are about to come.


The project is being realised due to the kind support of the Visegrad Fund.

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