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Persevering through adversity Dejan Nikolic, Belgrade Marathon, est. 1988 Belgrade is an ancient city located at the intersection of the Danube and Sava rivers which divide it into Old Belgrade (most hilly) and New Belgrade (completely flat).

Belgrade has survived more crises than most marathons. Troubled times generated troubled relationships and the Marathon had to deal with 16 Mayors of Belgrade and many other politicians, facing disputes with some of them.

The Belgrade marathon course was designed by Fred Lebow in 1989. and slightly modified in 2017. It starts and finishes in the centre of Old Belgrade but most of the race is run on the flat in New Belgrade.

In March 1999, after the start of NATO bombing operations against Serbia, a message was sent to NATO Headquarters in Brussels saying that the Belgrade Marathon was going ahead the next day on the streets of Belgrade with 15.000 people, including children, taking part. The Marathon stood up against war: that Sunday Belgrade was not bombed and more than 20.000 runners, facing a hard rain, completed the race under the banner “Stop the War, Run the World”. Thirteen Russian cities – from Murmansk to Vladivostok – organised Belgrade Marathons of their own in support

Throughout the 1990s just about the only good news to come out of war-torn Yugoslavia was the Belgrade Marathon. Against all the odds – UN sanctions, war in the region, closure of the airport, strict visa controls, raging inflation and general mayhem – the organisers kept the Belgrade Marathon on the road For 30 years the Belgrade Marathon has been one of Serbia’s largest sporting, social and humanitarian assets and officially became the event of special importance to the City of Belgrade and the biggest and most important sporting event in Serbia. An AIMS member from 1990 it was a pioneering event in the region, working closely with the city’s authorities.

The Marathon gave birth to other races in Belgrade from elite to popular mixed competition – fusing sport, history and culture. These included the hugely popular Belgrade Race Through History, the Belgrade Zoo Children’s Marathon and a dedicated Women’s race. There have been 1.2 million people who have finished

in all of the Belgrade Marathon races over the last 32 years. Since 1995 the Fred Lebow Trophy has been presented to the winners as a token of the friendship that Belgrade Marathon developed with the New York race founder and of thanks for his assistance. Fred helped to establish the Belgrade Marathon and send a message to the World that the marathon has no borders. In those turbulent times the Belgrade Marathon was the only international event of any kind to happen in Belgrade. Just as the Marathon has come through adversity it aims to support individuals who face problems. In 2018 the Belgrade Marathon received the AIMS Social Award in recognition of the “Heroes of the Belgrade Marathon” programme helping runners living with disabilities to finish the Belgrade Marathon. In a similar way the “Mama Fit” campaign promotes education for women about safe physical activity during and after pregnancy. n www.bgdmarathon.org/home.aspx Next event: tbc

26= 25 Nils Heatta

Midnight Sun Marathon

NOR

1996–2020

41= 20 Thom Gilligan

Antarctica Marathon

* ACA

1995–2020

26= 25 Arpad Kocsis

Budapest Marathon

HUN

1996–2020

41= 20 Dave McGillivray

Boston Marathon

USA

2001–2020

26= 25 Gojko Zalokar

Ljubljana Marathon

SLO

1996–2020

41= 20 Diego Maruri

Guayaquil Half Marathon

ECU

2001–2020

30= 24 Jim Aughney

Dublin Marathon

IRL

1997–2020

41= 20 Anders Olsson

Stockholm Marathon

SWE

1979–1998

30= 24 Al Boka

Las Vegas Marathon

USA

1981–2004

41= 20 Ulf Saletti

Stockholm Marathon

SWE

1999–2018

30= 24 William Ko

Hong Kong Marathon

HKG

1997–2020

41= 20 Wallace Williams

St Croix Int’l Marathon

VIR

2001–2020

33= 23 Fred Lebow

New York City Marathon

USA

1970–1992

47= 19 Michael Brinkmann

Muenster Marathon

GER

2002–2020

33= 23 Ev. Papapostolou

Athens Marathon

GRE

1998–2020

47= 19 Cees Pronk

TCS Amsterdam Marathon

NED

2000–2018

33= 23 Shui Tao

Beijing Marathon

` CHN

1998–2020

49= 19 Stefanie Eichel

Hannover Marathon

GER

2002–2020

33= 23 Joao Traven

Corrida Sao Sebastiao

BRA

1998–2020

49= 19 Jo Schindler

Frankfurt Marathon

GER

2002–2020

37= 22 Stavros Kakourides

Cyprus Marathon

CYP

1999–2020

49= 19 Malcolm Sutherland Baxters Loch Ness Mthn

GBR

2002–2020

37= 22 Konstnt Podbelskiy

Siberian Marathon

RUS

1998–2020*

52= 18 Thilak Weerasinghe

SRL

1998–2020

Colombo Marathon*

39= 21 Mati Lilliallik

Tallinn Marathon

EST

2000–2020

52= 18 John Addison

Kilimanjaro Marathon

TAN

2003–2020

39= 21 Gernot Weigl

Munich Marathon

GER

2000–2020

52= 18 Andrea Maggini

PisaMarathon

ITA

2003–2020

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