Košice Peace Marathon is the Oldest Marathon in Europe
Thinking about visiting the most beautiful city in Slovakia, Košice, one day? One of the best times to visit Košice is during the biggest event of the year that annually come to Košice city every first Sunday in October.
And it can’t be other than its Košice Peace Marathon. Not only is this event the biggest of all events that take place in Košice, it is also the Oldest Marathon in Europe and the 2nd oldest in the world (just after that famous one in Boston).
Visit Košice during The Oldest Marathon in Europe!
Košice Peace Marathon
Košice Peace Marathon also known as International Peace Marathon is the most spectacular event in Košice as well as in all of Slovakia. Thousands of runners are coming to Košice every year on the first Sunday in October not only from all Slovak corners but also from all other corners of the world.
This marathon has been organized here in 1924 for the first time with just a few runners (8 to be precise 🙂 ) and has grown to such a great event over the years. Since its first run there were only two years when this marathon was not run – 1938 and 1940.
This year up to 11,000 runners from all over the world to be on starting point and there will be a lot of ongoing events waiting for all other visitors to Košice as well.
Don’t mind if you are not a runner you can come just to become a member of a fan base since the athletes need some support. However if you would like to run along with other runners, you can only apply for the next year as this year’s registrations are already closed.
For registration and some more information visit official site kosicemarathon.com
White Night – a Saturday night before marathon
The night before big Sunday has belonged to the White Night for the last 5 years already. It is a huge festival of lights that came here and to other parts of the world from Paris. This year the festival celebrates its 6th anniversary here.
This prestigious international festival has become the largest and most visited festival of contemporary art in Slovakia. More than 190 art productions were presented here in several European premieres. With up to 600 artists and performers from 28 countries and around 400,000 visitors so far this event cannot be missed.
What else to do in Košice and Slovakia
Košice is the most beautiful city in Slovakia and we have some more tips on what you can do and explore here. Read more about Top 35 things to do in Košice. And if you would like to stay here longer you can go to explore more amazing places in Slovakia.