The 4th Banja Luka Half Marathon will be held on May 12, 2018 with brand new concept named «Run & more weekend», which was presented at today’s press conference.
Organizers promoted new concept of half marathon through the 10 minute long half marathon promo video about the success and growth of the greatest sport manifestation in Banja Luka. New, more attractive race course was announced by the organizers, as well as the numerous interesting events within the half marathon, that will help promote sports and the city.
Igor Radojičić, the city mayor who is also president of the Organizational Committee of this manifestation, stated that Banja Luka City is the host and logistic support of this event in expansion.
«Every year we have larger number of participants and larger rating. That is very important to us, out of inner and public reasons. The inner one is that our citizens get to know about another culture and different way of thinking and living, but also in context of some other actions which we are conducting, such as new trail route near Aquana, trail routes on Banj Brdo, and the newest trail in Mladen Stojanović Park. We are also planning to build up new outdoor gym next year, and many other useful projects in Banja Luka», said mayor Radojičić.
According to his statement, the importance of the marathon reflects in positioning Banja Luka as one of the regional centers. «Banja Luka wants to be positioned in a cultural, touristic and sport way. This is part of our plan to attract tourists and guests, and also to work together on mutual offer of various events in the city», stated mayor Radojičić.
The member of the Banja Luka Half Marathon Organizational Committee, Goran Ćorić stated that this event has become an event which will contain weekend full of sport, festival, fun and education.
«For sure, one of the important things is that the finish line of the 4th Banja Luka Half Marathon will be on Kastel fortress, which will certainly enrich the content of whole event», said Ćorić, adding that «Run & More weekend» will last from 10 – 13 of May 2018, and part of this event will be sports seminar, education, trainings, Expo – half marathon fair of the sports equipment, sports events and sport tourism, concerts, rafting, paragliding, fun for kids etc. «Besides the change of the HM course and duration of the event itself, the 2018 half marathon will get a new race – for the elementary and high school kids, which will be held the day before the main HM race», announced Vladimir Selec, also the member of the Banja Luka Half Marathon Organizational Committee.
The Organizers used this opportunity to express their gratitude to all the sponsors, partners, government and city authorities, volunteers and media representatives for helping and supporting Half Marathon in previous years, adding that the 6000 runners from 40 countries on 3rd Banja Luka HM proves that this event became a brand of the city and also a significant European sports event.