Photo Credit: ČSOB Bratislava Marathon

After last year’s virtual 15th year, the ČSOB Bratislava Marathon once again took place in classic form. Almost 3,000 runners signed up for the event and ran across the streets of Bratislava on September 4 and 5.

The Bratislava Marathon returned to the format it had been waiting for since 7 April 2019. The organisers this year prepared nine disciplines, with the main program comprising a marathon and half marathon. Saturday’s program started with a ski race, followed by the children’s runs on the 300, 600 and 800 m tracks. The day culminated at 4 pm with the 10 km race.

Photo Credit: Bratislava Tourist Board

Jozef Pukalovič

The director of the 16th ČSOB Bratislava Marathon

The director of the 16th ČSOB Bratislava Marathon Jozef Pukalovič was optimistic and glad that the event took place: “We were grateful to greet thousands of runners again after a break of almost one and a half years, who, despite the unfavourable pandemic situation, have remained loyal to us in the past period. We have tried to stay in touch with them through various virtual runs, challenges and competitions.”

“We care about the safety of the participants, and therefore we unreservedly insisted on compliance with all currently valid conditions issued by the ÚVZ,” Pukalovič emphasized.

In compliance with the current decree of the Public Health Office (ÚVZ) of 12 August, the maximum number of participants was 5000. Consequently, start numbers were issued in OTP mode – a fully vaccinated person, a person able to prove a negative RT-PCR test not older than 72 hours (or antigen test not older than 48 hours) or to a person who overcame COVID-19 disease no more than 180 days before the start of the race.

Photo Credit: ČSOB Bratislava Marathon

After a one-year break and despite various complications, almost 3,000 runners (250 of them coming from abroad) attended the ČSOB Bratislava Marathon, the most popular being the half marathon with 1,051 entries.

The Slovak city marathon also included the Slovak half-marathon championships. The half-marathon took place for the seventh time within the ČSOB Bratislava Marathon. The ČSOB Bratislava Marathon proved to event organisers that even mass events can once again take place safely in Slovakia’s capital.

This article was implemented with the financial support of the Ministry of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic.