Kristijan Sindik to Run 7 Marathons in 7 Days for KBC Split Pediatric Oncology Department

Daniela Rogulj

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Running a marathon is one of the most difficult athletic disciplines, with roots that date back to Greek soldier Philippides, who ran from Marathon to Athens to announce Greece’s victory over the Persians.

Marathons today boast 42,195 kilometers, and one long-distance runner from Split – Kristijan Sindik – is preparing for a unique venture on Thursday, February 4, World Cancer Day, reports Dalmacija Danas.

Namely, Sindik plans to run the distance from Split to Tivat in seven days, equivalent to one marathon a day, all for the noble goal of raising funds for the KBC Split Department of Pediatric Oncology.

The race consists of seven sections, starting from the Marjan Gate in Split. Stations will mark where 42 km is achieved each day. Kristijan and the other runners will stay at each station overnight to rest and gather strength for the next marathon. The team will run Ruskamen, Drašnica, Ploče, Ston, Orašac, Čilipi, and the grand finale on the Pine waterfront in Tivat.

“As a former cancer patient, I know how difficult it is to fight malignant diseases, and it is challenging when you are a child, when you should be playing, not going to chemotherapy. As a current marathoner, I felt I needed to do something for the Pediatric Oncology Department of KBC Split and all the brave little heroes fighting malignant diseases. This idea has been stirring inside me for a long time, and missing the sports activities that I usually have professionally, allowed me to realize this project this year,” said Kristijan Sindik, runner and leader of the Split Marathon.

This commendable humanitarian action is designed so that interested donors buy kilometers on the route. The minimum price of one kilometer is 100 kuna or 15 euros, and 295 kilometers are available. All interested participants in this action can donate funds directly by payment to the account of the KBC Split Pediatric Oncology: IBAN: HR1424070003106794371, OTP banka d.d. Split.

The running action was recognized by other runners, triathletes, and athletes, and Kristijan will be joined by three famous triathletes: Rikardo Kuhar, Ante Bebić, and Bruno Grgurević. Support will also be given at the start by Olympian Igor Boraska and Hajduk captain Mijo Caktaš.

The official race starts on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 7:00 am at the Marjan Gate, and entry into the finish line is expected on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, on the Pine waterfront in Tivat. You can follow all the details and the course of the action on the Facebook page Golden Ribbon race – 7 marathons in 7 days.

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