Start 2017 summer beating the marathon or a shorter distance in the full of history, but yet, undiscovered city of Kaunas in Lithuania. Start in the city hall square, thriving with life from the 16th century, run by the remains of Kaunas castle, built in the 14th century. Enjoy the vast and flat route near two of the biggest Lithuanian rivers and examples of Lithuanian architecture from the Medieval, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Modernist, Soviet era to modern times.
Great news. Event got new main sponsor - "Citadele" bank and now "Kaunas marathon" will be known as "Citadele Kaunas marathon".
In 2017, “Citadele Kaunas marathon” will be held for fifth time. Event is well known not just for city architecture. Its flat track gets more and more attention of runners from other countries. After finishing first in 2015, Antonia Johnson from Scotland was amazed by the marathon course.
“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.”
In 2016, runner from Kenya, MathewKipkorir Sigei, who said, that this track was very easy to run, reached his personal result in Kaunas streets. He also reached track record to 2:26:09. Fastest woman in Kaunas marathon track was Leah Kusar – 3:02:53. It’s believed, that these records will be beaten in 2017. The organizers even set money prize for the new track marathon record.
AIMS measurements confirmed that the difference between the lowest and highest points of the course is just 14 meters. Even the difference of those points in Berlin Marathon’s course, where a new world marathon record was set 6 times in a row, is 25 meters.
But „Citadele Kaunas marathon“ gathers not only full and half marathon runners. A big part of 5 thousand participants of the event choose to run distances of 10 and 5 kilometers. They run in the vivid Kaunas old town with hundred-year-old brick paved streets and Confluence Park, where the biggest rivers of Lithuania – the Nemunas and the Neris – meet.
Live music shows, dancers and even extreme street sports enthusiasts like parkur or BMX show their programmes in “Citadele Kaunas marathon”. It’s not just about running, it’s a feast for the whole city. All fun is held in Rotušės (City Hall) square, the heart of the city and the main location for all celebrations in the city.
Near the City Hall you can find Kaunas Cathedral Basilica. No one really knows when it was built, but it was mentioned in written sources in 1413. Vilnius Street passes it nearby – it leads towards the New Town and then continues by the only pedestrian street Laisvės alėja (Freedom Avenue). Today it is the most important street of Kaunas with many restaurants and boutiques. If you go to the New Town, you will be amazed by interwar architecture. Even the European Commission awarded Kaunas city the European Heritage Label. And now it is a real candidate for the UNESCO architecture heritage. By the way, in 2015 Kaunas was declared as a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, the only one with this title in Eastern Europe.
And the best part about Kaunas is that it is really easy to reach by train, car, boat or plane. It will take only 20 minutes to get to Kaunas heart from the airport.