5,000 people on the start list of the jubilee 45th Nationale-Nederlanden Warsaw Marathon. Running is back in great style – The Big Race coming on September 24!
Running is back in great style! More than a month before the jubilee 45th edition of the Nationale-Nederlanden Warsaw Marathon, there are over 5,000 athletes on the start list! Registration is under way for all runs held as part of the Marathon Weekend!
On September 24, Warsaw will turn into the running capital of Europe – exciting TEAM UP! Europe and TEAM UP! Everyone, the finale of the #RunningGood charity campaign, a new, fast course and a stunning start and finish area for all races – Emilii Plater Street. The opportunity to finish at the foot of the Palace of Culture and Science may not happen again!
The Big Race – tradition unbroken since 1979
The Warsaw Marathon – the largest sports event in Poland, is a unique run. Every year since 1979 its start line brings together thousands of participants sharing one goal and a common passion. Each edition of the Marathon is unique, and for every runner, the start is a great celebration and the climax of a long preparatory training period.
The royal distance, the accompanying runs, EXPO as well as the bustling finish area provide chances to follow the development of Poles’ passion for sports and admire the general growth of running. The opportunity to start at the very centre of the capital and run through the city’s biggest streets is a feast for runners. Such a blockbuster event is also a great chance to promote the city’s tourist attractions.
Breathtaking start/finish location and brand new courses
By tradition, the race office will be hosted by the Palace of Culture and Science. The start and finish lines mark a novelty – both straight on the central Emilii Plater street. The finish area with special stalls and attractions is being designed at Plac Defilad – that’s what brings the centre of emotions to the very heart of Warsaw.
This year, in addition to the stunning central location of the finish line, the runners will also enjoy the completely new courses – both the royal distance (including the relay race), and the accompanying Nice To Fit You Warsaw 10k, got new routes. The courses are both fast and spectacular – the marathon runs through as many as six districts of the capital, including the picturesque Radiowo. Runners will also move along the main Warsaw artery, Aleje Jerozolimskie, in both races.
Little Big Race
This year, for the first time in history, the youngest runners will start in the very centre of Warsaw. The Nationale-Nederlanden Mini Marathon will take place on Saturday, September 23, right on the spot from where adults will set off the next day. Registration for the event for children and youth is on, with nearly 300 participants on the list!
– Our involvement in the 45th Nationale-Nederlanden Warsaw Marathon is supported by the idea of #długodystansZDROWIA. Caring for one’s health is a marathon, not a sprint race, which is why healthy lifestyles and physical activity should also be promoted among children. The Nationale-Nederlanden Mini Marathon is a great opportunity to show children the beauty of sport and to spend special family moments in an active and interesting way – says Marta Maszewska-Danielewicz, director of marketing communications and of the Nationale-Nederlanden brand.
The Mini Marathon is divided into age categories, with a different distance for each. The youngest – children up to the age of three, can take part with a guardian. The upper age limit is 16 years. Everyone will receive special medals at the finish line, and winners’ cups will be awarded to the best ones in each category. The route will be closed to car traffic, and the youngsters will enjoy a unique street run setting.
More about the Little Big Race: https://nnmaratonwarszawski.com/en/mini-marathon/
Nice To Fit You Warsaw 10k and Bridgestone Marathon Relay
In addition to the kids’ races and to the royal distance for adults, the last weekend of September will also see a 10 km run – Nice To Fit You Warsaw 10k – and the Bridgestone Marathon Relay. Therefore, each running buff will have a chance to start – if the marathon is still too much of a challenge, it is worth considering a shorter distance and give yourself a chance to celebrate the jubilee 45th edition of the Warsaw Marathon as part of a huge field.
The big return of running – start lists are filling up
All this year’s street races taking place in Warsaw – starting with the 17th Nationale-Nederlanden Warsaw Half Marathon – have recorded an increase in popular interest. At the moment, there are over 5,000 people on the start list of the Big Race – almost 2,000 more than in the same period of 2022. Nice To Fit You Warsaw 10k, in turn, is already booked by almost 2,000 runners, which is also an impressive number.
We’re coming back for good – the fashion for running is back! Poles practice sport, enjoy it, understand it – they cheer, engage in volunteering work and more and more often take part in competitions. Setting your own goals to achieve, planned training and simply a healthy lifestyle – all that is in our brand’s DNA – says Marek Tronina, director of the “Warsaw Marathon” Foundation. – I am glad that we can observe the emotions of amateur runners and the development of the whole industry. Although there is still a bit to go before we reach the pre-pandemic results, one can now safely say that the popularity of running is back. Health and active lifestyle are in fashion again, as a crucial part of our lives.
#RunningGood – a new charity on board!
The largest running charity event in Poland allows you to do good things by taking part in the competition. Running and helping is the domain of almost six hundred participants – that’s how many runners registered for the event via the charity track. In total, they have already collected a remarkable amount of almost PLN 200,000, which will be credited to several NGO accounts. The fundraiser will go on till October 4.
The campaign was recently joined by “Faces of Depression” Foundation. The funds collected will be used for a program of free, remote psychological and psychiatric help for children and youth, unique on a national scale.
– I am very happy that the “Faces of Depression” joins the group of project beneficiaries. Depression, especially among young people, is so common. We hardly talk enough about mental health problems, says Magda Skrocka, deputy director at the Warsaw Marathon Foundation. – I believe that together we will contribute to improving awareness and helping those in need. We also have many common educational ideas that will soon be disclosed – she adds.
Welcome to the Big Race – volunteering, cheering, running!
Registration for all races is open. Everyone will find something for themselves. And for those who are not yet ready to start: you are welcome to actively join us as a volunteer. We invite Varsovians and all the athletes’ relatives to cheer – every person cheering along the route is a huge motivator for runners.
Let’s be together and experience those special emotions. A street race is a social event, not just a sporting one. Let’s give ourselves a chance to take part in something unique, let’s feel this difference and get a boost for action in the coming weeks – adds Magda Skrocka, deputy director of the “Warsaw Marathon” Foundation.
Registration continues at https://rejestracja.maratonwarszawski.com/en/