DuRun10K kicks off 2017 in Dubrovnik

Lauren Simmonds

A competitive start for some runners in Dubrovnik on January 1, 2017.

DuRun10K, Dubrovnik’s annual new years day race took place yesterday, beginning at 14:00 on Stradun, with the full support of an ever growing audience, runners from all over the world took to the starting line on Dubrovnik’s famous main street to compete for the first prize in DuRun10K’s third year of existence.

After the lighting of the traditional Torch for Peace took place, Stradun was filled with both runners and onlookers to welcome the first sporting event in Dubrovnik this year.

Olivera Jeftic (Serbia) successfully beat last year’s women’s track record, finishing with an impressive time of 34:40 minutes, closely followed by Valentyna Kiliarska (Ukraine) at 35:48 minutes, followed by Bojana Bjeljac (Croatia) at 35:54 minutes.



On the male side, Hillary Kiptum Kimayo (Kenya) smashed the record with an incredible 29:44 minutes, an achievement unlikely to be beaten, followed by Nemanja Cerovac (Serbia) with 30:59 minutes, followed by Laszlo Gregor (Hungary), the winner of the first ever DuRun10K with 31:53 minutes.

Currently, DuRun10K is the only international event in Dubrovnik’s Winter Festival, and since its birth three years ago, it has succeeded in bringing both professional and amateur runners, along with their supporters from around the globe through the walls of the city to partake in the first ever race in a UNESCO World Heritage site.

If you’d like to find out more about this truly unique sporting event, click here.


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