Six years agou a group of enthusiasts came to an idea to organize the first night marathon. At the time people gave us funny looks and nobody really knew if the idea was going to take off. Six years later we are happy he had the priviledge to withness the incredible growth, as a result of many unpayed working hours, many challenges, nice and hard times. Night marathon became an event, that is not defined by winners, PBs, runners count, but the runners themselves; slow or fast – it doesn’t matter. Young and old ones create that wibe that can be felt only with the Night marathon in Novi Sad.
From our angle is hard to write a report and stay objective. For us, the event is a tip of an ice berg and an award for everything we did in a year. That is why we beleive that Night marathon has a soul and that is why we give so much into it.
Sometimes it is an unfair fight, sometimes it gets too personal, but all that hard work leads to one weekend, when the Night marathon is held. Than you can see it was worth of the effort. You realize that by seeing all that smiling faces running around.
I have to admit, that the hardest time is the race center opening, and as I see people forming a line to register. “Are we going to fullfill the expectations?” – always comes to mind. As I watch those people I can tell they ask themselves the same. That is when I realize that we – the organizers and the runners are both registering to enter the unknown.
As the start approaches the expectations are growing. It is enough to see the crowd and feel that huge amount of positive energy that kills the unknown. Yes, the race started. Fear vanishes – the Night marathon is actually happening!
This year I had the opportunity to walk around the course a bit and I saw people running, high-fiving eachother, singing, yelling, taking photos – basically partying on the track and out of it. That is when I realized how come the Night marathon is so special among runners. Runners are the ones that create that crazy positive energy that makes the Night marathon what it is.
While the midnight is slipping away, and runners cross the finish line, I know that the event fullfilled the expectations. As an evidence we have all those smiles on many photos, regardless of the fatigue or exhaustion. While watching the audience, friends and family I could see that runners are one strong community. When I saw how Night marathon contributes to that community, that filled my heart with pride.
It takes time to rest, sum up the impressions and start with the Seventh. This event as much energy consumes, returns even more to give us strength to push forward. There is no end in sight – Powerfull Night marathon represents each and every one of us – runners and organizers. As it grows we are growing too! 7. Night marathon – we are coming!
6. Night marathon had 1350 starters. That means the 40% growth against the last year. There were 1229 finishers.
Ther were 859 men and 491 women, which is 36% of the gentler gender! We are happy there are more ladies each year on the Night marathon 🙂
We had runners from 24 countries!
Bosnia and Herzegovina 114
South African Republic 1
Winners of the 6. Night marathon
|1||2074||Katarina||Pohlod||ARK Fruška gora||SRB||0:30:54|
|2||2192||Vesna||Vicko Bogišić||ARK Somaraton||SRB||0:33:01|
|2||801||Igor||Mitrović||TRK Banja Luka||BIH||1:18:19|
|1||961||Jelena||Kosić||AK Banja Luka||BIH||1:33:04|
|2||784||Silvia||Šimunović||Atlantic running team||CRO||1:34:31|
|2||51||Samanta||Gilice||ARK Fruška gora||SRB||4:00:03|
Fastest Novi Sad citizens
Uglješa Nikolić – ARK Fruška gora
Samanta Gilice – ARK Fruška gora
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