18th Ljubljana Marathon 2013 with some familiar names as rabbits

18th Ljubljana Marathon 2013

18th Ljubljana Marathon 2013

18th Ljubljana marathon is THE event to be at for all Slovenian recreational runners. The biggest sports for all event in the country. On this weekend, October 26th and 27th 2013, almost 15.000 runners of all generations will join some of the numerous events from children’s and fun runs to half marathon and full marathon.

Among them will be some familiar names from ultrarunning community. Some of them will be helping fellow runners as pacemakers – popularly called the rabbits.

If you would like to bring your marathon PB under three hours you can join . He will helo you achieve your goal and tell you about his Spartathlon experiences to keep the spirit high. , and will also be there to help you to the finish of the marathon.

Why a rabbit?

The job of the rabbit is quite simple. Run as smoothly as possible and reach the finish slightly bellow the designated time, help others by keeping their pace, motivate them, bring them through hard spells, be funny and smile all the time. Did I mention that you get to drag a balloon behind you? A dream job, I tell you.

The following article and the photo were published in the Finance newspaper in the year 2007 when the rabbits were introduced to the Ljubljana marathon.

12th Ljubljana Marathon 2007 - the rabbits

12th Ljubljana Marathon 2007 – the rabbits

You can recognize Zdravko Čufar, Inot Klemenčič (from the left) and yours truly (second from the right).

More photos from previous editions of Ljubljana marathon tell the story in itself

14th Ljubljana Marathon 2009 - Zdravko Čufar and Inot Klemenčič

14th Ljubljana Marathon 2009 – Zdravko Čufar and Inot Klemenčič

14th Ljubljana Marathon 2009 - Ervin Lemark

14th Ljubljana Marathon 2009 – Ervin Lemark

The rabbits at the Ljubljana Marathon - Zdravko Čufar and Nataša Robnik

The rabbits at the Ljubljana Marathon – Zdravko Čufar and Nataša Robnik

17th Ljubljana Marathon 2012 - Miro Režonja

17th Ljubljana Marathon 2012 – Miro Režonja

17th Ljubljana Marathon 2012 - Zdravko Čufar and Roman Koprivc

17th Ljubljana Marathon 2012 – Zdravko Čufar and Roman Koprivc

Lojze Primožič
Miro Režonja
Zdravko Čufar
Roman Koprivc
About Ervin Lemark

Ervin is a husband, father, a dog person and a runner who loves to run far (and slow). He is a founder of The Running Forum Slovenia and an editor of several websites including Ultrarunning Slovenia - a tribute to Slovenian ultramarathoners.

Comments

  1. Nice pictures, especially the guys with Bugs Bunny!

    Cheers!

    • Ultrarunning Slovenia says:

      Thanks. These balloons were fun. But they were filled with helium and it was a cold morning. The result was that we were dragging them on the ground behind us while running.

      It was a great experience none the less :)

  2. I love the idea of pacemakers, especially for a longer event. And I think I might be able to use that as an analogy for a concept…Thanks!

  3. When do we get the balloons in the stadium events? They add a nice touch!

    • Ultrarunning Slovenia says:

      We do organize a recreational 10 km run in the stadium. It is only 25 times around the track :) But we didn’t think of rabbits and baloons. A good idea for the next year :)

  4. great photos :) … great Bugs Bunnies :) … congrats 😉

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