This year again, the 24th Volkswagen Ljubljana Marathon was accompanied by the Running Fair EXPO which was for the 8th consecutive year held at the GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre. Ljubljana’s Volkswagen Marathon is a traditional running and sporting holiday that every year attracts runners from all around the world. To enrich the event, in 2012 Timing Ljubljana decided to offer a special fair for the Marathon occasion and the ‘Running Fair EXPO’ (Sejem Tečem EXPO) was born.
Already the first edition proved how this kind of event was desirable among Slovenian recreational athletes. Since then, over 20,000 people have been visiting the fair in the GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre (GR) annually, what makes it the largest running fair in Slovenia. The fair, open to all runners and their families, athletes, fans and curious passers-by, was this year open on 24 – 27 October and it was visited by around 20,000 visitors.
As the accompanying event to the Ljubljana Marathon, the Running Fair EXPO provided in the GR’s Foyer a spot for 20,000 runners to pick up the marathon starting numbers. Its special feature this year was that those runners who were late for registering for the Marathon, could register at the Fair still one day before the event itself.
However, the fair is not meant only as a point for runners to register and pick up their numbers, but also provides a large exhibition that every year stretches over 1,500 square meters. This year the fair held in Marmorna Hall showcased 42 domestic and international exhibitors. Visitors were able to get familiar with providers of various sports brands, food supplements suppliers and other exhibitors intended for active group of participants. In addition, the visitors were provided with a team of experts who offered free advice on the proper training, nutrtion, how to avoid injuries, etc.
At the same time, the Nature-Health Fair, organized by GR, was held so that the Running Fair and Nature-Health Fair perfectly complemented each other. Next year the celebratory 25th Volkswagen Ljubljana Marathon will be held on 25th of October and, again, accompanied by the Running Fair in GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre.