Registration Open For 38th Wrocław Marathon

Registration is now open for the 38th running of the Wrocław Marathon, which is to feature a substantially different route than normal.

This year’s edition of the Wrocław marathon will begin in Kąty Wrocławskie, bringing around 50% of the route outside our city’s borders. 

According to multiple reports published back in September, the initial plan for this year’s marathon was to start in the town of Sobótka, which is roughly 36m away from Wrocław. The marathon did originally start there back in 1983, but ten years later the race changed to a Wrocław-only event. 

However, the train link between Sobótka and Wrocław will not be ready in time for this year’s marathon. That would make it very difficult for all the runners to get to the start, something that could result in far less participants taking part. 

Therefore the organisers have opted to start the race in Kąty Wrocławskie, which is connected by rail. The town’s train station is nonetheless located 1.8km from the start-line on the market square. Not a huge distance, but by no means convenient when someone is about to take part in an epic 42.2km run. 

As many as 3,151 people took part in last year’s event. Given the inconvenience of having to get to Kąty Wrocławskie, it will be interesting to see if those numbers hold up in 2020. Some runners have already said that they will miss the motivational support and encouragement provided from spectators in Wrocław. 

We do already know that the number of people taking part will be limited to 3,000. However, should the number of participants end up being less than than that figure, the decision to change the route will inevitably be criticised further. 

One positive factor that could help to boost participation is the fact that Wrocław taxpayers will be able to run in the event for free. Everyone who signs up for the ‘Nasz Wrocław 365’ program will have their entrance fee refunded. 

The organisers of the marathon have given no reason for the change other than a desire for the event to “return to its roots”. It is speculated that state-owned Bank PKO, who sponsor the marathon, wished to make the change in order to benefit provincial, PiS-voting towns like Kąty.

The marathon is also heavily criticised by some drivers, who complain it blocks Wrocław’s streets. Holding half of the marathon outside of Wrocław would certainly mitigate that problem. However it would also likely cause some disruption to roads between Kąty and Wrocław.

If you do want to take part in the marathon, you can register here. As we wrote earlier, Wrocław taxpayers registered on the ‘Nasz Wrocław 365’ program need not pay. Others will have to pay between 95 and 155zł depending on how many packages have been exhausted. Anyone born before 1960 can also take part for 1zł. 

Gregor Gowans

The founder and editor of Wroclaw Uncut, Gregor has been running the website since its inception in 2012. A Wroclawian for almost 10 years, Gregor writes on a wide variety of topics including, food & drink, nightlife, local news and politics. He is also a regular guest on Radio Ram's Sunday lunch programme.

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