If you are looking for an half marathon in late autumn, you should check Cracovia Royal Half Marathon.
This event, organized in Kraków, Poland since 2014, occurs in fact every year at the conclusion of the running season.
The undoubted attraction is the location of the finish line – inside the TAURON Arena Krakow. This half marathon offers an opportunity to face a long route leading among historical monuments and picturesque streets of Krakow.
The first edition of the Cracovia Royal Half Marathon received the Tomasz Hopfer Event of the Year 2014 Award in the Debuts category.
In 2019, for the fifth time in a row, the participants set off on the route before TAURON Arena Kraków. The race ends inside the largest sports and entertainment hall in Poland.
In that occasion, Ethiopian Enyew Mekonnen and Kenya Betty Lembus triumphed, setting new route records – 1:01.34 and 1:10.48.
The 7th edition of the race occurred one year later, due to the pandemic. “In the long run”, the motto, was also present on the shirts. The organisers wanted to emphasize the relationship between organization and runners. “We are together for better and for worse, in the long run. We have a longer and strong relationship with our runners that allows us to be together.”
The race has a cap of 7000 participants in 2022 (up to 5000 can opt for the running t-shirt in the race pack). It is an event with an important international presence: in 2021 representatives of 28 countries challenged themselves with the distance of 21.097,5 m.
The 8th Cracovia Royal Half Marathon is scheduled for October 16, 2022. To subscribe to the event, follow the link here!.
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Photos: Szymon Gruchalski / Archive of the Sports Infrastructure Management Board of Kraków – Organizer of the event