On a cold snowy Sunday, some 190 persons participated in the first “Unusual 42.195 m Sarajevo”, the first marathon of this type in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).
The marathon began at 10 am local time after Kondo Sead, BiH sportsman who has set the record in marathon in BiH and former Yugoslavia, gave sign.
Three hours later, the winner of 42 kilometers long marathon was Matthew Simonson, followed by Emir Hastor and Samir Mehmedagic, BiH citizens who like to run, and they are not professionals in this sports.
The organizer, Athletic Club Novi Grad Sarajevo “Athlete”, stated that participants run through the streets of the city, through the five Sarajevo municipalities, from Dariva to Vrelo Bosne, over Miljacka and Zeljeznica Rivers, ending in Safet Zajko Center.
“Our marathon is unusual in every sense of the word, the traffic was not be stopped, there were no fixed judges along the route or chips. We want to believe that the runners are good and honest people, and hence we will value the information on a cell phone, clock or pedometer, and by the account on the STRAVA application. The result was evaluated if participants show the running activity within 6 hours of the 42.195 meters distance route, “the organizers say.
In the starter pack, participants will get a drifit t-shirt and an Unusual Finish Medal, and the organizer will ensure route patrol mobile revving stations with refreshments for runners.
(Source: Xinhua, Sarajevo Times, photo: bportal)