Zagreb Advent Run
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How to get involved with Zagreb Advent Run 2019

The biggest costumed race in Croatia offers plenty of festive fun - and it's all for a good cause

Written by Time Out in association with Zagreb Advent Run.

There's a little over two weeks left until the start of the most colourful and the most fun charity race, Zagreb Advent Run. The fourth edition of the race takes place under the sponsorship of the City of Zagreb and is supported by the Zagreb Tourist Board. On Sunday, December 8th, imaginatively costumed participants will flood the centre of Zagreb and support the fight against melanoma. At a press conference, the organizers announced they're expecting between 3,000 participants, and due to the high interest, applications for the races have been extended up until December 1st.

One of Croatia's most fun and well attended annual sports events Zagreb Advent Run will bring much mirth and festive cheer to the streets of Croatia's capital city. On December 8, at 11am, thousands of runners from different parts of the world, dressed in all sorts of costumes, will gather for the fourth year in front of The Westin Zagreb Hotel. As well as their support for the fight against melanoma, they will turn Zagreb Advent Run into one of the biggest events of the Christmas festival.

The organisers of the race are Millennium Promotion, Croatia's leading marketing and communications agency, and Run Croatia, a company promoting sports and healthy lifestyles. They invite all runners and hikers to come together to transform this race into one of the biggest Christmas sport events in Europe. In return, they promise a non-stop music, sport and educational programme over a two-day period.

Zagreb Advent Run is dog-friendly

'For the first time, race participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a great program a day before the race, on December 7. After that, runners will get starter packs, a rich music program, and a sports education program; as well as the option to have a free preventative mole examination and expert skin protection consultations in conjunction with the association Zdravi pod suncem,’ said Mario Petrović, CEO of Millenium promocija.

Runners can choose between two courses, five or ten kilometres, and will be joined along the routes by Nordic walkers. Last year's race brought together more than 2,500 runners from as many as 29 different countries. The race took them through Zagreb's famously festive Christmas locations such as Zrinjevac, Ban Josip Jelačić Square, Britanac square and Ilica.

All interested participants - friends, families with children, pets, runners and walkers can register until December 1st on the official race website:

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