Great sports events in Croatia to help you get in shape

Autumn, winter and spring in Croatia are full of great sports events like running, boating and cycling to help you get in shape

Homo si teć
© Borna Ćuk Homo si teć
By Marc Rowlands, Ivor Kruljac and Lara Rasin |
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Sports events are something of a national preoccupation in Croatia. Most eyes in the country will be fixed to the TV screens when the national teams compete in football, handball, basketball and waterpolo. But, for a very large number of Croatians, it's simply not enough to just be a spectator, especially not with long summers always just on the horizon and when you have thousands of kilometres of beautiful beaches demanding your near-naked attendance. Of course, any time is right to start getting into shape, but Croatians make a concerted effort to do so in autumn, winter and early spring, before it becomes too hot for strenuous exercise. And they're extremely welcoming to visitors and foreign nationals who want to join in. From the parks and neighbourhoods of Zagreb to the beautifully varied landscape of rural and coastal Istria and the flat terrain of Slavonia and Srijem, perfect for cycling and road races, here are some of the best events of the year in which you can.

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Great sports, health and fitness events to help you get in shape for summer

Zlarin Trail
© Aliaksandr Bahachou
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Zlarin Trail

Various venues in Zlarin, Zlarin

A winter race with three categories to suit ability and ambition; 5 kilometres, 15 kilometres and 25 kilometres. Entry fee is 130 kuna for all categories, with no entry fee for children under 16 years of age. All races start at 11am in front of the Hotel Koralj and all competitors must carry a mobile phone.

Oliver Widmann
© Crewkerz
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The Flying Hummingbirds

Various venues in Vrboska, Hvar Island

There are 400 kilometeres of bicycle trails running through the beautiful island of Hvar. This February, the regular racers and hobbyists will be joined by some of Germany's best mountain and stunt bikers. During their stay at Villa Triptih in Vrbovska, the riva (promenade) of this small town will turn into a stage for insane stunts and tricks by these champions of the sport. German junior category champion Oliver Widmann and Elite vice-champion Jonas Friedrich accompanied by Women elite champion Nina Reichenbach and vice-champion Larena Hees will lead the show, with six more names already confirmed and more expected to join.

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BBK Pakoštane
© Marjan Lang
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XCP Kad fazani lete (when the pheasants fly)

Various venues in Pakoštane, Pakostane

BBK Pakoštane, one of the founders of annual XC Dalmatian Winter League, this year presents a brand new cross-country bicycle trail, bringing the league back home for the ninth race of the season. 'Kad fazani lete' is described as simple and fast, for both experienced and rookie cyclists. The 23890-metre trail will host two laps around the lovely Dalmatian town and includes a 260-metre elevation.  RECOMMENDED: More great sports events in Croatia where you can join in  

Split Marathon
© Split Marathon
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Split Marathon

Various venues in Split,

This marathon starts and ends on Split's riva, the focal point of socialising in the city, and takes you on a tour through the most beautiful sites of this Mediterranian diamond. Right from the heart of Split, towards the exit to the city, the northern coast, around Vranjić, through the military port Lora and to Poljud Stadium, finally circling around the astonishing Diocletian's Palace. Apart from the marathon, you can also participate in a relay race, half marathon and a 5K race.     

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Plava Laguna marathon
© Sasa Halambek
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Plava Laguna Istrian Winter Running League (Pula)

Various venues in Pula,

Now celebrating its 15th anniversary, Plava Laguna's Istrian winter running league is a great way to pursue those healthy New Year's resolutions, encouraged by hundreds of other like-minded participants of every ability. There are different races being held throughout the entire winter up until March. The races in Medulin, Poreč-Parenzo, Pazin, Sečovlje and Sveti Petar u šumi have already taken place. But, there are several of the trails, each of six or nine kilometres in length, still forthcoming; Rabac 26 January, Novigrad-Cittanova 9 February, Pula-Pola 2 February, Vodnjan-Dignano 1 March.

Mountain Madness Obstacle Race: Winter Edition
© Mountain Madness Obstacle
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Mountain Madness Obstacle Race: Winter Edition

Various venues in Ravna Gora, Gorski Kotar region

Mountain running four kilometres around the stunning Gorski Kotar region with the start and end point at the elementary school in Ravna Gora.

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© Škola trčanja Špansko-Vrapče
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Five In The Hood

Various venues in Zagreb, Zagreb

Organised since 2018, Five In The Hood is a 5-kilometre urban race through the streets and green areas of the Špansko and Vrapče neighbourhoods. It has the aim of promoting sport and encouraging residents to recreate in their local community. The first edition of the race featured 300 competitors across all categories and as of this year, the race is on the calendar of the Croatian Athletic Association. The meeting point and start line is Vida Došena ulica, where the street intersects with Trga Ivan Kukuljević. There are multiple categories, assigned by age and weight, allowing for competitors of any ability, experience and years. The main 5-kilometre stint has an entry fee of 10 kuna, there's a 1-kilometre race with a fee of 60 kuna and children's races of either 100 or 200 metres which both have an entry fee of 40 kuna. Race fees include refreshments and go towards race pries, which exist for all categories. The race is particularly welcoming to foreign nationals and more info can be obtained here: sakfitzazivot@gmail.com

Istra Trek
© Istra Trek
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Istra Trek

Various venues in Buzet, Buzet

A 14-year-old event which takes place in a different location each year, showcasing the incredibly varied terrain of this beautiful region. Hilltop villages, river valleys, impervious forests, coastal views and medieval towns have previously formed the backdrops to this nomadic event, of which simple orientation is a part. There are three different sections to the trek, allowing people of any age and ability to take part. The most difficult course is named Ultra and will take determined trekkers through an at-times unforgiving route. The Challenger course is an exercise in classic orientation and runs from 20 - 25 kilometres in length at 1000 metres in altitude in places. The Light course offers a short, nice trekking experience for beginners and features a 10 - 15 kilometres route.

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Zagorska Magistrala

Various venues in Zabok, Krapina

A trail race under the freshly-budding trees and leaf-littered floor of the beautiful, undulating Zagorje countryside. The main trail (Big Bear) is 27 kilometres long, running from Zabok to Krapina, while there's a 7-kilometre long circular route (Little Carp) around Krapina for the less ambitious. Big Bear is named after actual bears who used to roam this route, while Little Carp is named after the fish from which Krapina takes its name.  

Plava Laguna marathon
© Sasa Halambek
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Plava Laguna Istrian Winter Running League (Vodnjan)

Various venues in Vodnjan,

Now celebrating its 15th anniversary, Plava Laguna's Istrian winter running league is a great way to pursue those healthy New Year's resolutions, encouraged by hundreds of other like-minded participants of every ability. There are different races being held throughout the entire winter up until March. The races in Medulin, Poreč-Parenzo, Pazin, Sečovlje and Sveti Petar u šumi have already taken place. But, there are several of the trails, each of six or nine kilometres in length, still forthcoming; Rabac 26 January, Novigrad-Cittanova 9 February, Pula-Pola 2 February, Vodnjan-Dignano 1 March.

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Kostrena Mountain Trail
© Warren Goldswain
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Kostrena Mountain Trail

Various venues in Kostrena, Kostrena

13 kilometre and 8.5 kilometre of mountain runs can represent quite a challenge for any runner, but when you are in small and picturesque Kostrena, nothing seems too hard. The racing trail starts and ends at Kostrena and showcases hidden gems of a district filled with drystone walls and nature, wild herbs and plants such as absinthe, sage, thyme and snowdrops mesmerising you along the way.RECOMMENDED: More great sports events in Croatia where you can join in

Škraping Pašman
© Boris Kačan
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Škraping Pašman

Various venues in Tkon, Pasma

Annual skraping event marking the start of the season for this activity in Croatia. Taking place between Ždrelac in the north of the island and finishing in Tkon, the beautiful coastline in springtime forms and incredible backdrop to the event. Škraping (or skraping in English) is a multi-discipline sport that involves climbing, jumping, running, walking and hiking. Competitors undertake the sport on the rocky slopes, paths and cliffs which are located next to the sea, making Croatia, and in particular island Pašman, an ideal location for the sport. A competition has occurred on island Pašman every year since 2006 and now welcomes international competitors.RECOMMENDED: More great sports events in Croatia where you can join in

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Polojska Ultra
© Mihael Vučinić
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Polojska Ultra

Various venues in Slavonski Brod, Slavonski Brod

The fourth edition of the only 100-kilometre road race for runners in Croatia, taking place around Slavonski Brod. Disciplines of 100km and 50km are available, with the latter open to both sexes. There are relay options available for both routes.

Giant MTB Winter League - XC Ronjgi
© GIANT mtb Zlik
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Giant MTB Winter League - XC Ronjgi

Various venues in Ronjgi, Kvarner

Round 8 of the Giant MTB Winter League - XC Ronjgi. The children's race starts on its own exclusive route at around midday with the main race starting at 12:26. After the race, all participants are provided with a warm meal. 50 registration in advance with on-the-day registration costing 70 kuna. There is no fee for the children's race.RECOMMENDED: More great sports events in Croatia where you can join in

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Poreč Trophy
© One Pro Cycling
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Poreč Trophy

Various Venues in Poreč, Porec

A one-day cycling race accredited within the international UCI calendar which welcomes many professional, national and regional tcycling eams and clubs. The race is held within the area of Poreč, Tar-Vabrige and Kaštelir-Labinci and points attained on the race contribute to the Europa Tour.

Dugi Otok Trail
© Aleksandar Bonačić
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Dugi Otok Trail

Various venues on Dugi Otok, Dugi Otok

Trail running race along the beautiful Dugi Otok (Long Island) in Zadar county. Race through a stunning and undulating wild terrain in the springtime sunshine, with the incredible backdrop of this island and the Adriatic sea inspiring you along the way.

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Zagreb Spring Cener
© Magazin Trčanje
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Zagrebački Spring Cener

Various venues in Zagreb, Zagreb

The great River Sava is the focal point for this series of simultanous runs, designed to be accessible to runners of all abilities and from every generation. There's a 5 kilometre route, a 10 kilometre route, a 10 kilometre relay and three children's races of 100 metres which are categorised by age. The children's races kick off at 10am while the adult races are delayed by an hour, starting at 11am, allowing any parents to first watch the kids run before setting off on their own trek. Entry fees are as follows: 5 km - 90 kuna, 10 km - 110 kuna, children's races - 50 kuna, relay race - 7 kuns per participant. The meet-up and starting point is Savski nasip (Sava embankment), in front of Boćarski Dom and the course will take runners over both the pedestrian bridge and Most Slobode (Liberty bridge). Applications can be made by following this link.

Imbertrek Trail Marathon
© Imbertrek trail marathon
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Imbertrek Trail Marathon

Various venues in Omiš, Omis

A standard part of the Dalmatia Trail League, this race invites everybody to run around the Omiška Dinara mountain range, with trails of different lengths such as 5, 10, 20 and 40 kilometres. RECOMMENDED: More great sports events in Croatia where you can join in

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Istrian Spring
© AdrianHoe /BK Meridiana Kamen Pazin
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Istrian Spring

Various venues Istria,

The successor to the Adriatic Highway race which once ran down the length of Croatia's coast, this international cycling race was renamed when it was decided to alter the course. Its full length and each of its four sections now take place solely in Istria. The prologue stage consists of a sprint of several kilometres in which riders aim to bag the first leader's T-shirt. The other three stages, which take in much of the Istrian interior, help stretch the event to a four-day duration. The first stage leads from the Old Town of Labin, across the last 300 metres of 'diced' road to the finish line, which is reached after completing the 'undulating' roads of central Istria. The second stage almost always indicates the winner of the entire race as it takes in a tough winding ascent to Motovun, with the spectacular Mirna river situated below. Many professional and international teams take part and you can see some of the competitors, later in the season, at some of the world's biggest and best-known cycling events, such as the Tour de France.

Athletic club Požega
© Atletski klub Požega
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The Trail of Sokol

Various venues in Požega, Pozega

Organised by Požega Athletic Club, this trail race holds two routes, one at 21 kilometres in length, the other at 14 kilometres. Entry fee is 100 kuna, all competitors must carry a mobile phone and water and the races are open to adults, although persons aged between 16 and 18 years of age may join the races if accompanied by a parent or adult. Start point, finish point and registration for the race are at the Holy Trinity Square in Požega (the parking lot behind the City Administration building)

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XCM Rakalj
© BK-CC AXA
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XCM Rakalj

Various venues in Rakalj, Rasa

The west bank of Raša bay, much like Istria in general, offers breathtaking scenery, from beautiful small villages to wild, untouched nature and rolling agricultural land. Experience it for yourself while racing around on the mountain bike trails of this XCM event. Starting from Rakalj, the 'A' trail spreads some 61 kilometres into the surroundings with a lighter 'B' trail holding 35 kilometres. 

Labin Rabac Trail
© Labin Rabac Tourist Board
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Salute to Spring

Various venues in Labin, Istria

Skitači Mountaineering Club from Labin organizes this night hiking to Skitača, a village in the southernmost part of the Labin peninsula with one of the highest peaks in Labin area. On the trail, which runs through Gondolići on the Labin Hiking Trail to the 531 metre top of Oštri, participants will be guided by very experienced local hikers. From Oštri, the path descends next to St. Matthew’s chapel towards Skitača, where it is expected hikers will complete the course at around midnight. The route is technically undemanding and of medium difficulty. All participants are asked to bring a headlamp and standard mountaineering equipment.RECOMMENDED: More great sports events in Croatia where you can join in

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Kalnik Trail
© Vedran Slijepcevic
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Kalnik Trail

Various venues in Kalnik, Central Croatia

The first day of spring can best be celebrated by breathing in some fresh air and venturing into the great outdoors. The Kalnik village in central Croatia, just by the mountain range of the same name, couldn't be a better place. From the centre of the village, you'll head to the mountains on one of three trails you have chosen, based on your abilities, ambition and experience. The Bor trail is the shortest with 6.3. kilometres, followed by Peca (16.7 km) and Gabrinovec (31.8 km).  

Plava Laguna Half Marathon
© Plava Laguna
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Plava Laguna Half Marathon

Various Venues in Poreč, Porec

The famous Plava Laguna Half Marathon is the main event at this fun weekend which offers running opportunities for families, kids and those of any age and ability. The half marathon itself takes place Sunday, beginning at 10am in front of the Hotel Parentium before it runs through the beautiful Plava Resort, all the way to the centre of historic Poreč and then back towards Funtana and the Hotel Parentium with the 10k run taking place at the same time, from the same starting point and using much of the same route. The 3.5 kilometre family run takes place one day earlier, on Saturday. Beginning at 11am in front of Zelena Laguna Campsite, it runs through the Bijela Uvala campsite. Children younger than 8 must run with their parents and all proceeds from this race's fees will be doubled by Plava Laguna and donated to the Poreč Centre for Inclusion. The kids run also takes place on the Saturday and features four races of various length, from 400m to 1800m, available to kids from aged 4 to aged 16. These races will start between 3pm and 4.30pm, depending on the age group. Every registered runner will receive a t-shirt, a finisher medal, a start number, insurance on the course and refreshments. Extra prizes are awarded for the first 3 places in the men's and women's categories of the Plava Laguna Half-Marathon. 1st place prize is 300 Euros and two nights stay at Plava Laguna for two, 2nd place prize is 200 Euros and 3rd place prize is 100 Euros.

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Maksimirski Minus Zwei Cener
© Maksimirski MZ cener - 8 km
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Maksimirski Minus Zwei Cener

Maksimir Park & Zoo, Zagreb

There are clear markers in the Croatian capital for the start of the spring season, not least the city's Festival of Lights. This run around Maximir park is another, taking place this year for the sixth time. 2020 also sees the run occurr on World Health Day, so it's the perfect time to shake off the winter dust and feel envigorated in the bright sunshine. You'll be able to see the flowers and trees of the city's largest park coming back to life as you tackle the untaxing 8 kilometre course. There's a two kilometre route for the kids too so the whole family can take part.

Life on Mars Trail
© Boris Kacan
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Life on Mars Trail

Various venues in Metajna, Pag Island

The landscape of Metajna canyon resembles planet Mars, with the exception of the soothing sea air which breezes through the site. The Challenger trail stretches through 23 kilometres of marked trail and mountain routes. For those who want to be active, but not exceed their ability, there's a 14-kilometre Active route which will also supply a solid dose of Serotonin. There's also a Light route for beginners. All races will start from the Metajna riva and following the race there will be an entertainment program at Novalja's Bazilika square from 7pm.

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Cross-country Olympics biking
© XCO city race Tvrđava
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XCO City Race Fortress 2020

Various venues in Slavonski Brod, Slavonski Brod

The Slavonian Mountain Biking League is hosting 11 cross country races spanning stunning Slavonia in 2020. The programme kicks off at Slavonski Brod's Tvrđava, meaning fortress, which was built in 1780 as a defence against the Ottoman Empire. Although it never had to fulfil its original purpose, the fortress has found a new one: hosting cultural, art and - sporting events. The fortress will be a difficult race starting point and this race is suited to ambitious riders. From steep ascents and slopes to narrow and dark catacombs, put yourself (plus your ability, fitness and technique) to the test. 

Athletic Super From Capitol to Capitol
© Davor Kirin
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Athletic Super from Capitol to Capitol

Various venues,

An international athletic supermarathon connecting two Archdioceses and two counties, Zagreb and Bjelovar-Bilogora. This 60-kilometre route runs from Zagreb to Čazma and is the longest road race in Croatia. It is also the oldest sporting event in the country. As such, the race attracts ambitious international participants who join the course alongside locally-based runners and a huge audience of encouraging spectators. The race organizers, the City of Čazma and the Sports Board of Čazma, prepare a rich entertainment, cultural and music programme which accompanies the race.RECOMMENDED: More great sports events in Croatia where you can join in

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Međimurje Trail
© Vera Moharić i Foto grupa
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Međimurje Trail

Various venues in Čakovec,

Picturesque scenery of Međimurje, with its beautiful nature and mountainous air, is good for your health, both mental and physical on its own. Still, an opportunity to run through a mountain trail to work upon your condition, wouldn't go amiss. With both trails of this race starting from Čakovec Culture Centre and going through the mountains, the shorter, 10 kilometers trail takes you the village of Sv. Juraj na Bregu, while longer, 27 km race has a finish line in a village of Štrigovi. A fully charged phone, first aid kit, a whistle, and a contestant number are mandatory gear for this event.

Brijuni Half Marathon & 10K
© Brijuni Half Marathon & 10K
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Brijuni Half Marathon & 10K

Various venues on Brijuni, Istria

Seven-year-old event, now extended to two days, taking place on the beautiful island of Brijuni. The 10 km race will be held on Saturday 28 March at 3pm, the half marathon on Sunday 29 March at 11am.  

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Sinj Half Marathon
© Sinj Tourism Board
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Sinj Half Marathon

Various venues in Sinj, Sinj

The 21st Sinj Half Marathon takes you through the pretty interior of Dalmatia. There are categories for all ages of male, female and group entries and cash prizes for the winners. Starting fee is 150 kuna which includes a lunch served at midday.

Hahlići Trail
© Hahlići TRAIL
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Hahlići Trail

Various venues in Dražice, Jelenje

Trail races through the spectacular nature of Kvarner taking in the Hahlići & Pakleno peaksRaces come in 18 kilometres and 12 kilometres in length.

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Moslavina Trail
© Moslavina Trail
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Moslavina Trail

Moslavačka Gora, Central Croatia

The greenery of Moslavina hill is one of the rare times the land pierces the sky in the Pannonian basin and is an inviting centrepiece for this event. For the youngest, there are several trails, with the top one (for 14-year-olds) being up to 1 kilometre in length. An eight-kilometre Canincross race welcomes you and your four-legged best friend, and solo runners or relay teams can also sign up for the Light (8 km), Active (16 km) and Challenge (28 km) trails. 

BanTrail Zaprešić
© Dinko Bažulić/ PromoArt Studio
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Ban Trail Zaprešić

Various venues in Zaprešić, Zagreb

Third Edition of the first trail race in Zaprešić region, not far from Zagreb. The trail race serves as Round 2 of the KontinenTrail League. There are three trail paths to choose from, helping to invite young, old, walkers and runners. You are even welcome to take part with your dog. 

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Osječki Ferivi polumaraton
© Osječki Ferivi polumaraton
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Osijek Ferivi Half Marathon

Various venues in Osijek, Osijek

Not just a race, but also a festival of a healthy lifestyle, culture and fun, as organizers are keen to point out. This two-day event offers participants free visits to the museum, free public transport connections and city tours. But the races are the focal point and from Ante Starčević square, the categories aim to attract beginners (5 km), pros (21.1. km half marathon) and relay racers (three laps of 7 kilometres).   

Hendrix half
© Boris Podobnik
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Hendrix Half

Hendrix Bridge, Zagreb

Annual half marathon set around the Hendrix bridge, south-west of Zagreb city centre, and which crosses the Sava river. Organised by the Atletski Klub Sljeme, there's a 21-kilometre race and a 5-kilometre race each with male and female categories. There are refreshments, t-shirts and prizes for the winners and runners up and race entry fees range between 50 kuna and 170 kuna. The race does allow walk-up entrants, arriving on the day of the race without pre-registration, but it's much cheaper to enter if you apply in advance, which you can do here.

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Molo Longo trk/ Molo Longo Run
© Marin Cuk Vurnek EVENTography
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Molo Longo trk / Molo Longo Run

Various venues in Rijeka, Rijeka

Molo Longo pier, built in 1888, expanded during the 20th century and exclusively reserved for custom workers and port personnel only until it was open for public in 2009. Such decision was spot on as it evolve into a beloved city's promenade whose 1707 meters length also serves as a location for various entertaining and recreational events. The Molo Longo Run is clearly one such event. Two laps, 6 kilometres in total offers a great chance for a bit of a workout during your 2020 cultural uprising.

MTB Parenzana
© MTB Parenzana
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MTB Parenzana

Various venues Istria,

Recreational cycling marathon featuring a 43km section of the Parenzana, the former narrow-gauge railway that is now a long-distance cycling route. Heading from Vižinada past Motovun to Livade and back, it’s a great way to experience rural Istria.

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Zadar Night Run
© Karlo Vukić & Danijela Pedišić
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Zadar Night Run

Various venues in Zadar,

An attractive road race, held at night, in and around the pictureque city of Zadar. On this, its sixth annual occurrence, you can choose between three routes depending on your ability and ambition; 2.5km, 5km or 10 km. Racing starts at 9pm and you must register in advance.

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© Marin Ćuk Vurnek
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Homo si teć (Come, let's all run)

Various venues in Rijeka, Rijeka

At over 20 years old, Homo si teć is the largest street race for runners in Croatia. More than 17, 000 runners of all ages and abilities now take part in the race and, like the city's famous Carnival, such is its popularity that the bulk of the city centre becomes pedestrianised for the duration of the event. Spectators line the route as runners pass along Rijeka's most famous streets like Korzo, with the race containing not only the traditional citizens’ race but also the Rijeka half marathon, the Hendi Cup and the Ciciban Cup. A great music and entertainment programme accompanies the event, with partying on the streets and around the city centre continuing long into the night. The race's title is a term not in standard Croatian, but in the coastal Čakavski dialect.

Cross-country Olympics biking
© BK Osijek
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XCO Kopika 2020

Various venues in Osijek, Osijek

The Slavonian Mountain Biking League's annual cross country Kopika biking race is back for the 4th time. The event will be held in the Slavonia region's largest city Osijek, known for alluring art noveau buildings and a romantic riverside promenade. The race begins on the left bank of the city's beloved Drava river, at the beach and swimming area Copacabana - lovingly called Kopika by locals. 

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© Marko Kadija
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100 miles of Istria

Various venues in Umag,

The biggest Croatian trail race takes you around the beautiful interior of the Istrian peninsula, with several courses available to meet your running ambitions and capacities. The four main courses range from 40 kilometres to 110 kilometres and are colour coded - red, blue, green and yellow - with each course having its own starting point, either in Buzet, Lovran, Labin or Motovun. Founded in 2013, its opening year saw 237 competitors take part. Now, more than 2000 competitors of all abilities enter the event, trekking across gently sloping hillsides and dirt tracks, traversing ground in eyeshot of vineyards and olive groves. 

XTERRA Croatia
© Vedran Metelko
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XTERRA: Croatia Off-Road Mountain Bike Race

Various venues in Mali Lošinj, Mali Losinj

Covering a distance: 40 km with a total elevation of some 900 metres, this off-road mountain bike race explores the interior of the beautiful island of Mali Lošinj, with the Adriatic sea in full view of the racers. The event holds a racing expo, the main race and an awards ceremony. Spectators should expect the winners to cross the finish line at around midday with the race itself starting at 10am.

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Ilok, wineyard, vinograd, Slavonia, Slavonija, wine, vino
© Ivo Biočina
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Iločki Half Marathon

Various venues in Ilok, Ilok

The organizers of this race promise a trail that will take your breath away and, being a region full of the prettiest vineyards and agricultural land, we can quite believe them. Taking place in and around the easternmost town in Croatia, there's a half marathon option or a more easy-going 7 km citizen race.

Omišalj 10K
© Omišalj 10K
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Omišalj 10K

Various venues in Omišalj, Omisalj

Ten-kilometre race for teams or solo runners, held in the northern part of the island Krk, not far from Rijeka airport.

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Trail Tri Rijeke
© Zrmanja Adventures
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Trail Tri Rijeke

Various venues in Lika, Lika-Karlovac

This three river trail traverses the terrain of southern Velebit plus the canyons of the rivers Krupa and Zrmanja. The mountainous landscape is spectacular, with deep river valleys, rushing waters and caves a part of the backdrop.

Triathlon Marco Polo Challenge
© Damir Pačić
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Triathlon Marco Polo Challenge

Various venues in Korčula,

Get your running shoes, wetsuits and bikes ready and join what is arguably the world's most stunning triathlon course. Running along the beautiful coastline and through the medieval streets of Korčula, the triathalon features three seperate sections for entrants with a range of abilities and ambition; Middle-distance triathlon (1.9 km swim / 90 km bike / 21.1 km run); Sprint length triathlon (750 m swim / 20 km bike / 5 km run); Sprint Triathlon - Relay pairs (750 m swim / 20 kim bike / 5 km run). There's also a 5 kilomtre charity-fundraising street race, plus the weather is amazing at this time of year and there are few tourists. After all the exertion, you can feast of amazing Dalmatian cuisine and some of the finest Croatian wines which are made on this very island.

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Du Motion - Runners' Days Dubrovnik
© Du Motion - Runners' Days Dubrovnik
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Du Motion - Dubrovnik Runners’ Days

Various venues in Dubrovnik,

Now six years old, these running events welcome people from all over Croatia plus international visitors, who get to see the stunning beauty of Dubrovnik and its surroundings at a time when it's warm enough to enjoy in summer wear, but well before the tourist hordes arrive. There's a half marathon, a race along the ancient Dubrovnik City Walls, a 5-kilometre charity race, a day dedicated to kids and an exhibition attached. 

Čakovec Zrinski Half Marathon
© Denis Perčić
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Čakovec Zrinski Half Marathon

Various venues in Čakovec,

Named after one of Croatia's most-famous aristocratic families, this is surely a noble quest for runners. A 21.5 kilometre half marathon or a lighter, 5-kilometre citizen race both offer a great way to work on your condition, from Zrinsko-Frankopanska street all the way to the Trg Republike. The five-kilometre race is also a national championship for firefighters which adds an additional edge of competitive excitement to the day's story.

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Zvonimir Panežić Memorial Race
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Zvonimir Panežić Memorial Race

Various venues in Požega, Pozega

Annual race from Velika to Požega with competitors from Požega offered a free bus to the starting point. The main memorial race length is 15.6 kilometre but there is also a 5.6-kilometre race too, intended for younger competitors, with both taking place on road and both sharing an entry fee of 50 kuna.

BK Crna kraljica Plitvice
© BK Crna kraljica Plitvice
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Plitvice Valleys Bike Weekend

Various venues in Rakovica, Lika-Karlovac

A two-day cycling delight in the valleys of the oldest (and many would agree), most beautiful Croatian National Park and nearby Rakovica. The recreational event starts off with a bike tour of the Barać caves on Saturday followed by the bicycle marathon around Plitvice valleys on Sunday.  RECOMMENDED: More great sports events in Croatia where you can join in

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International Lun - Novalja Half Marathon
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International Lun - Novalja Half Marathon

Various venues on Pag island, Pag Island

Want to spend an unforgettable May Day weekend in Novalja and get yourself in shape? For the fifth consecutive year, the International Half Marathon from Lun to Novalja will help you keep fit while running past the beautiful landscape of Lunj olive groves, untouched nature and the blissful backdrop of the Adriatic sea.

run777.run Marathon 4 of 7
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run777.run Marathon 4 of 7

Various venues in Krk, Krk Town

The fourth of these seven international marathons takes place on the beautiful island of Krk in Croatia's Kvarner region. The starting location is Jezevac Beach Bar at 7.30am with the average race time approaching five hours with an elevation gain of 685 metres. Running along the epic coastal scenery of one of Croatia’s northernmost islands, you'll see beautiful beaches, serene trails and a wealth of diverse natural and cultural beauty. Finish off the marathon with a cool dip in the Adriatic ocean and some fresh seafood.RECOMMENDED: More great sports events in Croatia where you can join in

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Green Trail Mljet
© Antun Cerovečki
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Green Trail Mljet

Various venues in Mljet, Mljet Island

The 4th annual trail race through beautiful Mljet National Park, with completely new routes to previous editions. There's an Odyssey race (34 km), an Ogiran race (6.8 miles) and a free Children's Race (700 m) as part of the event with the longer races starting at midday and the Children's Race starting at 1pm.

Papuk Mountain
© Informativni Centar Virovitica
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XCM Adventure Race

Various venues in Orahovica, Slavonia

This year's XCM Adventure Race will be held in the Slavonian town of Orahovica, which is situated on the foothills of the region's largest mountain Papuk. Hidden among Slavonia's stretching flatlands, little-known Papuk is a natural paradise full of waterfalls and endless beech forests - and during the late springtime race, cyclists will get to experience it in full bloom.

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Gremo na Učku
© Danijel Bartolić
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Gremo na Učku

Učka, Istria

Taking place on Europe Day and Victory over Fascism Day, this two-day event celebrates both and has two separate starting points, one on the Istrian side of mount Učku, one on the Kvarner side. Bus transportation is laid on by the event from all major Croatian cities.

Cross Hill Run Križ: Race of Good Wishes
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Cross Hill Run Križ: Race of Good Wishes

Various venues in Križ, Central Croatia

From the centre of Križ, you can run five or ten kilometres around this lovely town, which is located southeast from Zagreb. Arrive early, so you can have enough time to think about the good wishes you can write on one of the balloons that will be released before the race start. During one of the three races (one of them being a kids run), take the opportunity to get acquainted with the local products and stick around for the post-race BBQ to meet all the participants and enjoy the afterparty. 

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XCM Uvati Vitar (Catch the Wind)

Various venues in Sutivan, Brac Island

Beautiful Brač is the host of this bicycle marathon which will take you through the trails and hills, the mountain paths and village-littered valleys of this famous island. With the Adriatic in full view and the wind at your ears, the event offers three different routes which are enough to challenge anyone. The 70+ kilometre Bura route holds some challenging climbs and technical sections. The moderate Vitar route at 40+ kilometres is more easily manageable, with the 20-kilometre Bonaca route being the tamest.

Put Šarana running
© Put Šarana Outdoor Weekend
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XCO Put Šarana

Various venues in Virovitica, Virovitica

One of Croatia's best continental cross-country bicycling events returns for its fourth run (pun intended). Part of the Slavonian Mountain Biking League 2020, XCO Put Šarana will be held among some of Slavonia's prettiest stretches of greenery in the city of Virovitica. Runners will trek through Virovitički ribnjaci ("the fishing ponds of Virovitica"), down Put Šarana ("the trail of carp"), ogling ponds dotted with leafy trees and colourful wildflowers as they go.

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Umag Night Run
© Neven Jurjak
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Umag Night Run

Stella Maris Resort, Umag

Start your race from the Stella Maris Resort and go through the nearby town of Umag. When convenient (careful not to trip over) enjoy a glance up towards the stars and remind yourself you belong to the universe while breathing the clear Istrian sea air. 2.5, 5 or 10 kilometres, the choice is yours. And don't forget you’re free to stay on for the pasta party back at Stella Maris afterwards.

Rock Trail Festival Ražanac 2020
© Rock Trail Festival - Ražanac 2020
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Rock Trail Festival

Various venues in Ražanac, Razanac

Rock Trail Festival is a three-trail trek race in epic countryside which lies in the shadow of the Velebit mountain. The trekking will be followed by a craft beer event which welcomes several great breweries, with an attached music programme, this year featuring rock band Gustafi.

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Lake Lapovac
© Jezero Lapovac Našice
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XCO Lapovac 2020

Various venues in Našice, Slavonia

Našice's Lake Lapovac will roll out the red carpet for cyclists during this year's XCO Lapovac 2020. On June 7th, the intersection of spring and summer will see the lake in full bloom, with wild plants and flowers blossoming and birdsongs echoing across the waters. Participants of the cross country biking event will break a sweat while marvelling at nature's best side.

Čakovec race
© Marko Kis
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ČK10: Čakovečki noćni cener

Various venues in Čakovec,

The lovely town of Čakovec in Međimurje County is a proven location for sports and recreation. This year, in the district which famously hosts the Zrinski Half Marathon and annual town race, they introduce the very first 10 kilometres night run. Taking place at the very start of summer, catching the very first summer breezes of the year in such lovely surroundings will make you want to stick around to unwind afterwards.

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XCO Bunarić
© Biciklistički klub Slatina
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XCO Bunarić

Various venues in Slatina, Slatina

This cross country biking race will be held in striking Slatina, a Slavonian town at the intersection of Papuk Mountain's foothills, and the Drava's riverbanks.

Trail u srcu Papuka / Trail in the Heart of Papuk
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Trail u srcu Papuka / Trail in the Heart of Papuk

Papuk, Slavonia

Papuk is the largest mountain in the Slavonia region in eastern Croatia, a rare sight in these flat plains which were once a sea bed. It lies near the city of Požega and this summer race explores the mountain and the terrain around the town.

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R'n'R Beer Cener
© Pavol Stredansky
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R'n'R Beer Cener

Zagreb Hippodrome, Zagreb

Organised by an amateur sports group who all share a love of rock n' roll music, this running event offers options of one mile, three miles or ten kilometres, with prizes for winners and runners-up coming in the form of beer tokens!

Risnjak Trail
© Lario Tus
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Risnjak Trail

Risnjak National Park, Gorski Kotar region

Trekking event through the beautiful, mountainous Risnjak National Park in Kvarner, with 16 kilometre and 30 kilometre options available. 

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Slavonska trka / Slavonia Run
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Slavonska trka / Slavonia Run

Various venues in Slavonski Brod, Slavonski Brod

Third edition of Slavonia Run, a speed-focussed race across a flat route.

XCO Koral
© XCO Koral
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XCO Koral

Various venues in Orahovica, Slavonia

Break out of your end-of-August lull with a cross country biking race in Slavonia's town of Orahovica, which sits under the region's largest and arguably most beautiful mountain, Papuk.RECOMMENDED: More great sports events in Croatia where you can join in

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Rastoke trail
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Rastoke Trail

Various venues in Rastoke, Karlovac

Rastoke is perhaps Croatia's prettiest village, sat atop rivers and streams which gush down mild rapids and with every property still of a traditional nature. The wild surroundings of the village are just as pretty. There are a 32 km long trail, an intermediate at 15 km and the recreational trail at 7 km, welcoming trekkers of varying ability and ambition. 

XCM Petnja
© XCM Petnja
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XCM Petnja

Various venues in Slavonski Brod, Slavonski Brod

Catch your first glimpses of fall foliage while getting active at this cross country cycling event at Slavonski Brod's lovely Lake Petnja.

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Učka Trail
© Boško Knežević
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Učka Trail

Various venues in Mošćenička Draga, Moscenicka Draga

8th annual edition of this trail event taking place in the beautiful mountain terrain of Učka Nature Park in the Kvarner region. There are routes to suit several different levels of ambition and ability including 42 kilometres, 31 kilometres and 16 kilometres. Info & registration: www.kvarnertrails.com

Ogulin Trail
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Ogulin Trail

Various venues in Ogulin, Lika-Karlovac

Trail races through the countryside in south-west Karlovac County. You can choose from one of two races; Kosjenka is 13.5 km long, with a gradient of 600m, which runs over the Stošac, or a more challenging race across the Klek named Regoč, which is 33 km long and has a gradient of 1600m. There's a 1.5 km Tintilinić race to welcome the youngest participants too.

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Pula Marathon
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Pula Marathon

Various venues in Pula,

With a full-length marathon (starting at 5pm), but also a half marathon and a relay race (both starting at 6pm), plus a five-kilometre race (8pm start) and a 10-kilometre (8:30 pm start), this event aims to appeal to runners of every demographic, ability and ambition. You can all join in. With a starting point in front of Pula amphitheatre, the route takes you all around historic Pula and its Roman remnants, leaving you at the finish line of the Arena entrance. There's no better way to combine sightseeing of the ancient Roman city with healthy recreation.

Mazator trail
© Vlatko Splihal
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Mazator Trail

Various venues in Sibinj, Slavonski Brod

The third edition of the Mazator trail race, taking place in the wild countryside around Slavonski Brod.

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XCO Stara Drava
© Vedran Petricic/2018.
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XCO Stara Drava

Various venues in Donji Miholjac, Slavonia

Host to this year's XCO Stara Drava cross country cycling race, Donji Miholjac sits on the Drava river at the Croatian-Hungarian border and makes for a beautiful backdrop for biking.

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Lošinj Half Marathon
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Lošinj Half Marathon

Various venues in Veli Lošinj, Veli Losinj

A half marathon road race through the picturesque island of Lošinj, in full sight of the Adriatic sea.

Mountain biking
© Biciklistički Klub Titan
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XCO Kalvarija

Various venues in Pakrac, Slavonia

Make the beginning of autumn awesome with a cross-country bike race in small-town Slavonia. Situated on the crossroads of Croatia's Posavina and Podravina regions, XCO Kalvarija's host town Pakrac is notable for the pretty Pakra River which winds through it. The town sits on a vast and verdant hill, and will provide cyclists with the picture-perfect racing backdrop.

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XCO Šicana
© XCO Požega
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XCO Šicana

Various venues in Požega, Pozega

Požega, called the pearl of the "Golden Valley" (a Roman nickname given to the lovely surrounding region in ancient times), is the idyllic location of this year's XCO Šicana. 

Malinska Trail
© Davor Pavlovic
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Malinska Trail

Various venues in Malinska, Malinska

The beautiful Kvarner island of Krk is host for this trail race event with both Dubašnica 14-kilometre and Malinska 24-kilometre options. Taking you through narrow routes close to the sea, small coves and hidden beaches, gravel paths and ancient roads, lush and wild island vegetation and with a temperature backdrop that's comfortably still warm, but not too hot for exertion. It's a great way to get healthy and experience this island, with the routes being of an easily manageable gradient. 

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Papuk (Canicross) Trek & Trail
© Zvonimir Mikasek
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Papuk (Canicross) Trek & Trail

Papuk, Slavonia

10th edition of this trekking race around Papuk Nature Park, which also serves as Round 12 within the 2020 Trekking League. The Challenger route (trek & trail) is between 25-28 kilometres in length, with an Active route (trail) at 19 kilometres.

Kastav Advent Trail
© Jan Mastrović
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Kastav Advent Trail

Various venues in Kastav, Kastav

A labyrinth of tree-lined paths and trails through the forests of Kastav, Loz and Luzhin, these two trail races do not hold excessively demanding lengths and climbs. The 365-metre high peak above the Kvarner is a great choice for the end of the season, hanging out with friends and enjoying the holidays, with seasonal cooked wine and fritule one of the best ways to relax after the exertion. The Mačkov vrh (Cat's Peak) route is 17 kilometres long while the Cari route is an easier 10 kilometres.

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