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Athletes from 32 Countries to Participate in Varna Marathon on Sunday
Athletes from 32 Countries to Participate in Varna Marathon on Sunday
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Athletes from 32 countries have declared participation in all distances of the Varna Marathon, which will be held on Sunday on a new route, the organizers said at a press conference here on Friday. In total, more than 1,000 athletes have registered.

The eighth edition of the event is expected to have the most participants in the mass start of 2.5 kilometers - over 500. The other distances are the classic - 42.195 kilometers, half-marathon 21 kilometers and 10.5 kilometers. 

There is a prize fund for the winners of the individual distances. The men's and women's winners in the classic distance will receive EUR 1,500 each, the runners-up - EUR 1,000, and those in third-place - EUR 500 each. 

The winners of the men's and women's half marathon will receive bonuses of EUR 400, EUR 300 and EUR 200. Cash prizes are also provided for the top three male and female winners in the 10.5km distance. They will get EUR 150 each, while the runners-up and those in third place will receive EUR 100 and EUR 50, respectively.

For the first time ever this year, the race will determine the state champions in this athletic discipline.

In 2023, the marathon route is new and, in addition to the pedestrian zone and the promenade in the city, will also run along a stretch of the road from Varna to the Golden Sands resort. For this reason, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the latest, there will be a restriction on car traffic in certain areas that falls within the route, said Ilian Iliev, head of Security Police at the Varna Police department. He added that 150 police officers will provide security during the event.

The start of the race is on Sunday at 9:30 from Independence Square in Varna. The participants in the classic marathon will start first, followed by those in the half marathon every five minutes and finally the 10.5km runners.

The marathon records are held by Kenyan athletes, with Osea Tuay (Kenya) running 2:16:35 in the men's race in 2019 and Jabet Naom (Kenya) running 2:33:08 in the women's race two years ago.

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