Ethiopian athletes to take part in Split Half Marathon
There are just two weeks left until the 19th Split Half Marathon. The entire program of this now traditional event begins on February 22 when the sports fair opens in the large hall of Gripe. Two days later, on February 24, at 9 am, the half marathon will kick off on the Riva with a record number of participants, reports Dalmatinski Portal on February 7, 2019.
“This year we can promise that it will be the best so far. We have 2500 registered for the half marathon, 300 reported for the 5-kilometer race, and we expect 800 to 1000 children for their race. Regarding the new items this year, we have to point out that we are ensuring a strong competition. For the first time, we have representatives of Kenya and Ethiopia. Among them are five Olympic candidates,” said Chairman of the Organizing Committee Kristijan Sindik, adding:
“There are already a lot of preparations for the next year when a marathon will run for the first time. The route is complete and attractive. The presentation will be part of the Split Fair.”
The temporary head of the Administrative Department for Tourism and Maritime Affairs, Stipe Čogelj, emphasized the importance of this event for the whole region.
“The Split Half Marathon is a brand of Split. This organization has strategically everything that our documents prescribe. Preseason, number of competitors. It is a healthy sporting and tourist event. In the coming years, we expect and plan for a stronger connection of sports and tourist offerings, especially with Inland Dalmatia,” said Čogelj.
On behalf of Split, the half marathon is supported by the head of the Social Activities Department, Mate Omazić.
“We have long-term cooperation. Thousands of participants are proof that the organizers are doing a good job and that the Split Half Marathon is recognized,” said Omazić, who then revealed:
“All participants can visit any city museum at affordable prices.”
The director of the Split Tourist Board, Alijana Vukšić, also commented on the event.
“From year to year, this very important event brings together the story of a destination, from sport, culture and healthy lifestyle. At a time when we're starting with new tourist results, we have the opportunity to be promoted in the best possible way. It is well known that athletes are the best ambassadors. In the long run, they spend more and come back. We believe that we will all enjoy the event and that our guests will be the best advertising for our city,” she concluded. (Total Croatia News)