More than 1,000 runners and visitors attended the traditional running event the Triglav Run at the Brdo pri Kranju Estate after a one year break. Recreation enthusiasts of all ages took part in five running challenges at six distances: the Kuža Pazi children’s run, a family run, a relay race for teams of three, a 10-kilometre run and a half marathon. Popular Slovenian athletes waited for them at the finish line to extend their congratulations. The top Slovenian athletes and the runners and visitors of the event were all supporting a good cause, as the Triglav Run contributes to the better care of newborns and their mothers.
Around 1,000 runners of all ages and levels of experience covered a total distance of 6,444 km at the 9th Triglav Run. Saša Pisk won the 10k run in the category of female runners with a result of 38:11. Among men, the winner of the 10k run was Enej Kovač with a time of 34:12. The winners of the longest challenge, i.e. the half-marathon, were Vita Hočevar with a time of 1:38:44 among female runners and Marko Krišelj with a time of 1:22:10 among male runners.
When recreational runners receive the support of top athletes
The Triglav Run is a sports event with several accompanying activities that encourage all generations to live a healthy and active lifestyle. The event is supported by many Slovenian professional athletes. “Today, I was very happy to cheer on recreational athletes who enjoy keeping fit by running. What I like about this running event with a great atmosphere is that it also supports a good cause,” said Nika Križnar, the Triglav Run ambassador and the 2020/2021 ski jumping crystal globe winner.
And Nika wasn’t the only one to support the runners – cheering alongside the track and at the finish line were also ski jumpers Špela Rogelj, Peter Prevc and Domen Prevc, cross-country skiers Anamarija Lampič and Janez Lampič, snowboarders Rok Marguč and Žan Košir, professional skateboarder Timotej Lampe Ignjić, para-athletes Sandi Novak and Robi Kogovšek, and members of the Cedevita Olimpija Basketball Club Žiga Dimec and Luka Rupnik.
Support for society’s most vulnerable members
The organisers of the Triglav Run encourage people to take care of their fitness and wellbeing if they can. At the same time, they donate every year to medical centres to ensure better healthcare for those who can’t. “Newborn babies and pregnant women are certainly among the most vulnerable members of our society. The Triglav Run supports all generations in being healthy, including the youngest. By donating funds for new equipment that medical institutions need to do their job well, we make sure that births are as healthy as possible,” said Tadej Čoroli, member of the Zavarovalnica Triglav board.
The 9th Triglav Run donated funds for better care of newborns and their mothers to four maternity hospitals across Slovenia. Izola General Hospital will use the funds to purchase a pH meter to measure babies’ blood pH. Murska Sobota General Hospital will use the donation to purchase a gurney for the transport of women giving birth. Ptuj General Hospital will use the funds to purchase a bed for CTG recording and a foetal heart monitoring device. Jesenice General Hospital will use the donation for a birthing stool and a paediatric stethoscope.
9 numbers of the 9th Triglav Run
• 9 years of the Triglav Run = 13,200 runners
• 13,200 runners = 106,444 km run
• 1:25:56 = the best time by a female runner in the 21 km event in all 9 years of the run
• 1:10:34 = the best time by a male runner in the 21 km event in all 9 years of the run
• 9th Triglav Run = 13 Slovenian sporting heroes (ambassadors) who encourage the runners of all generations
• 9th Triglav Run = 6 new pieces of medical equipment for maternity hospitals in 4 general hospitals across Slovenia
• 9 years of the Triglav Run = EUR 143,867.87 in donations for 17 healthcare institutions (14 maternity hospitals or wards, the Ultrasound Society for the Slojenčki project, Ljubljana Paediatric Clinic and Ljubljana University Medical Centre)
• 9th Triglav Run = 144 training sessions in 9 towns across Slovenia
• 144 training sessions = more than 150 runners who trained for 16 weeks for the 9th Triglav Run