|Date||Late September or early October|
|Established||30 September 1979|
|Course records||Men's: 2:08:17 (2011)|
Women's: 2:29:04 (2019)
|Official site||Warsaw Marathon|
The Warsaw Marathon (also referred to as the PZU Warsaw Marathon[a]) is an annual marathon race which takes place in the heart of Warsaw, the capital of Poland. It is the oldest annual marathon in Poland, held since 1979. The marathon is organized by the non-governmental organization Fundacja Maraton Warszawski. The event usually takes place on the last Sunday of September. It is one of two marathons hosted in the city, alongside the Orlen Warsaw Marathon, generally held in April.
The marathon was first held on 30 September 1979. In the inaugural race, the length of the course was just 40.6 kilometres (25.2 mi), and not the normal, classic distance of 42.195 km (26.219 mi).
|Course map of full marathon in 2020|
In 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers rescheduled the marathon to take place over four separate heats during the weekend, with each heat having a maximum of 250 runners.[b] In addition, the course was changed to a loop of 5 km (3.1 mi) in the center of the city.[c] Since nearly 2000 runners had already registered for the race, a lottery was held to determine who was allowed to participate, with those denied a spot allowed to transfer their entry to 2021 or obtain a refund.[d]
|1||26 September 2020||16:00||6.5 hours|
|2||27 September 2020||00:00||6.5 hours|
|3||27 September 2020||08:00||4.0 hours|
|4||27 September 2020||13:00||6.0 hours|
Although the main attraction is the marathon, there is also a handbike marathon and a "High Five Race" (5 km race).
During the marathon weekend, additional activities take place, such as a sport and fitness expo, running seminars, and activities for children.
- This name may be used for sponsorship reasons or to distinguish it from the Orlen Warsaw Marathon.
- Restrictions due to the pandemic limited the number of people that could simultaneously compete in a race to 250 people.
- The start and finish was located on Senator Street in front of Theatre Square, and the majority of the loop was located on the Krakowskie Przedmieście and Miodowa Streets.
- Before the lottery was held, all registrants were given the option of transferring their entry to 2021 in case any were uninterested in participating.
- "PZU became a title sponsor for Warsaw Marathon". pzu.pl (in Polish). 2013-08-28. Retrieved 2015-02-28.
- September 2013 AIMS results. AIMS. Retrieved on 2013-10-05.
- Wyniki online. 35mw (2013-09-29). Retrieved on 2013-10-05.
- Shorter distance (about 40.6 km)