One of the flattest and quite possibly the most picturesque running event in the region is the Kaunas Marathon. On June 10th, 2018, the event will be held for the 6th time in a row. Thousands of local and international participants, both professional runners and enthusiasts, are hoped to meet in Kaunas.
The Kaunas Marathon course starts in the Town hall square, filled with 16th century vibes and continues with the old town view of historical 14th century castle remains, surrounded by two biggest Lithuanian rivers. The course will surprise you with large variety of architecture styles including Medieval, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Modernist, Soviet era and Contemporary.
The winner of 2015, Antonia Johnson from Scotland, was amazed by the marathon course in Kaunas: “It was so flat and nice to run that you can easily reach your personal best. Running two laps for marathon on the straight streets, old town, and beautiful parks was fun and easy. A gentle breeze from the rivers helped too.”
It has been confirmed that the difference between the lowest and highest points of the course is just 14 meters. This beats world's marathon course in Berlin, where the height difference is 25 meters.
The course record of Kaunas Marathon belongs to Lithuanian athlete Mindaugas Viršilas (2:23:49), while fastest women to run on this course is Natalia Kan from Russia, with the time of 2:52:17.
The organizers are trying to increase the number of professional athletes competing in annual Kaunas Marathon. Therefore, an additional 600 euro money prize is dedicated for the new course record.
The Kaunas Marathon welcomes not only full and half marathon runners. 10K and 5K distances and – short but fun – 1,5K distance called ‘Family run’ are also on the menu. All shorter distances participants run through the brick-paved old town streets of Kaunas Kaunas and Confluence Park, where two biggest Lithuania rivers – Nemunas and Neris confluence.
The event also offers live music, dance shows and extreme sports enthusiasts performances, all to make it more enjoyable not only fort runners but also for fans. “This event is not just about running, it’s a big feast for the whole city”, note the organizers. We've interviewed the CEO of Kaunas Marathon, Algirdas Pukis, a couple of years ago - you can find the chat right here at our blog.