The largest sports and running event in Serbia, the 36th Belgrade Marathon, will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2023, starting at 9:00 am in front of St. Mark’s Church.
In addition to the half-marathon race of 21 km and the marathon of 42 km, which will also host the national championship, a new addition for all participants is the 10 km race. At the 36th Belgrade Marathon, there will be around twenty professional athletes from Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Morocco with personal best times under 2:10, which is the course record of the Belgrade Marathon. Although the Belgrade Marathon course is one of the most demanding ones, if the weather serves the runners well, we can expect a course record to be broken.
The Belgrade Marathon, a marathon that ran from Obrenovac to Belgrade in 1910, was revived in 1988 by a group of enthusiasts. On May 8 of that year, the first contemporary Belgrade Marathon was held. The race has been held yearly since then with a regular distance of 42.195 kilometers. One of the major sporting occasions in Serbia and the neighboring countries is now the Belgrade Marathon. The marathon was designated as a unique event for the city by Belgrade in 2003. More than 6,000 participants from all around the world attend this well-known running event.
The name – Marathon comes from the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek messenger. According to legend, he was sent from the Marathon battlefield to Athens to inform the city that the Persians had lost the fight. He is believed to have finished the entire distance without pausing, burst into the crowd, and shouted “Victory!” before falling to the ground and passing away.
When the modern Olympics were first held in 1896, the founders and organizers were looking for a big popularizing event that would honor Greece’s historic glories. Michel Bréal came up with the concept for the Marathon race because he wanted it to be a part of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. The inventor of the modern Olympics, Pierre de Coubertin, was an enthusiastic supporter of this idea.
Since then, it has become traditional for the men’s Olympic marathon, with a finish inside the Olympic stadium, to be the final competition on the athletics schedule. Running a marathon is a perfect illustration of a symbol that captures the strength of play, athletics, and resiliency. Everyone is able to discover running as a tremendous challenge because it demands endurance.
At this celebration of sports and wellness, the Belgrade Expo 2027 will be present. All Belgrade Marathon participants and spectators will have the opportunity to learn more at the official stand about Belgrade’s candidacy for the International Specialized Exhibition at Expo 2027, which will be held under the theme “Play for Humanity: Sport and Music for All.”
We welcome you to join us for the 36th Belgrade Marathon, discover more about the exciting plans for Belgrade Expo 2027, and engage in walking and running adventures throughout our city. Experience the fun of playing, push your limits, and realize your untapped potential!
See you all on Sunday morning!