Warsaw Marathon – On the morning of Sunday, April 24th, during this year’s edition of ORLEN Warsaw Marathon, runners will once again have a chance to beat their records.
The marathon course was planned out in such way to give all the participants of the National Celebration of Running, both professional athletes and amateur runners, an opportunity to achieve their sporting goals. During ORLEN Warsaw Marathon 2016, the best Polish marathon runners will also have a chance to earn qualification to compete at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
The ORLEN Warsaw Marathon course – a chance to set a new record
The upcoming edition of ORLEN Warsaw Marathon will have an even faster course than in the previous years and we should remember that in 2014 the winner of the National Celebration of Running, Tadese Tola, reached the finish line in 2h:06min:55s, setting a new Polish marathon record. It is worth noting that this year’s course will not only be fast but will also offer some scenic views – the Marathon runners will have an opportunity to run through the most distinctive streets of Warsaw including the Royal Tract composed of Krakowskie Przedmieście street, Nowy Świat street and Ujazdowskie Avenue – says Jarosław Żórawski, the Chief Arbiter of the ORLEN Warsaw Marathon.
The course of the fourth edition of the ORLEN Warsaw Marathon will take the runners through five of Warsaw’s districts: Śródmieście, Mokotów, Ursynów, Wilanów and Praga.
The marathon runners will start at the National Stadium, cross the river using the Świętokrzyski Bridge and run in the direction of the Old Town. They will have to go up only once around the 4th km of the course, up the incline at Sanguszki street. The runners will then take the Royal Tract: through the Nowy Świat street and then pass the Palm Tree on Charles de Gaulle Roundabout to continue through Ujazdowskie Avenue. Once the runners reach the broad and flat Puławska street in Mokotów district, their pace will significantly increase.
The second half of the marathon course will get progressively easier. At the 22nd kilometre of the course, runners will encounter a 1.5-kilometre-long descent with a height difference of 21 metres. This will be a good place to take a breath and set a pace that will allow you to cover the remaining 20 kilometres leading to the finish line. Next, the course will go through Wilanowska Avenue and Jana III Sobieskiego street. The final kilometres of the run will take the runners along the Czerniakowska and Solec streets to lead them back to the Śródmieście district and to the Świętokrzyski bridge, but this time using its southern lane. As in the previous years, the finish line of the ORLEN Warsaw Marathon and the Runners’ Area will be located around the National Stadium.
The marathon course will be also be suited to the needs of hand-bike runners who will cover the half-marathon distance and will finish the race in Ursynów district, at Relaksowa street.
Runners who wish to take part in the National Celebration of Running can register using the website: www.orlenmarathon.pl. There are no more T-shirts and Premium Starting Packs left for the Marathon race, but you can still sign up for the run by submitting a registration fee of PLN 59.00* (the BASIC option). You can also still register for the 10 km run. Registration fee costs PLN 49.00* (the BASIC option).
Traditionally, the ORLEN Warsaw Marathon will actively support a noble cause. On Saturday, 23 April 2016, a Dar Serca (Gift of the Heart) Charity Walk-Run will take place in which you are also invited to participate. Participation in the Charity Walk-Run is free of charge, but you may pay a voluntary starting fee which will be entirely donated to charity.
ORLEN Warsaw Marathon is an event that has quickly caught up with the leading marathons in Europe in terms of organisation. This claim is backed up by thousands of positive opinions of the participants themselves and prestigious distinctions such as IAAF Silver Label (IAAF is the International Association of Athletics Federations). The ORLEN Warsaw Marathon is also inscribed in the AIMS calendar of races (of the world association of organisers of distance races).
* These fees apply only during online registration which is open until 17.04.2016 at the latest.