The men's race at the 2006 Belgrade Marathon
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The Belgrade Marathon is one of the biggest sporting events in Serbia. A group of enthusiasts came up with a plan to restore the race that existed in 1910 from Obrenovac to Belgrade. The first modern marathon in Belgrade took place on May 8, 1988. The track length of the original 1910 marathon was 23 km with several checkpoints. The track length of the 1988 marathon was 46.7 km, with the start and finish being in front of the Federal Parliament Building. Since 1990 the Belgrade Marathon has a standard 42.195 km length.
The 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia did not prevent the Marathon from taking place that year, and on April 17 the race was held as a metered group run. About 40 runners from nine countries crossed the finish line at 3 hours 15 minues and 16 seconds. The runners from NATO countries were Seine Brenson from the USA, and Michael Turzynski and Heinz Lorber from Germany. The latter two are also founding members of the German 100 Marathon Club.
The Yugoslav Sport Society "Partizan" took it upon itself to organize the marathon. The City of Belgarde, its departments and communal services, helped organize the event. Also involved were the executive bodies of city government, the Army of Serbia, the Serbian Police, and a number of sponsors. In September 2003, Belgrade declared that the Marathon is an event of special importance for the city. The same organisers also arrange the Belgrade Race Through History, a race around the city's Kalemegdan fortress, which started in 1996.
Belgrade Marathon is adapted for people of all ages, and is separated into the following categories:
- The Kids Marathon is a race for children
- The Fun Run is the event with the most participants (5 km)
- The Half-marathon is a half-distance marathon that is in accordance with world standards
- The Marathon is a standard 42.195 km length marathon
Course record Serbian championship race
- Butcher, Pat (1999-10-11). Paul Tergat to race through history. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-10-15.
- Run, World, Run -- And Stop the War!
- 100 Marathon Club Germany
- The Belgrade Race Through History. Belgrade Marathon. Retrieved on 2009-10-15.
- postponed from April to October, due to state of emergency in the country, following the assassination of prime minister Zoran Đinđić
- List of winners
- Karamata, Ozren (2010-04-20). Beogradski Marathon. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2010-04-21.
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