Bialystok – Take a deep breath.


Bialystok – the largest city in northern-eastern Poland with a population of 300,000. It is located in the area called the Green Lungs of Poland

Approximately 32% of its area is green. Parks and squares, as well as 1,800 hectares of forests within the city limits, create a unique and healthy microclimate. Within the city, there are two nature reserves with a total surface area of 105 hectares. The municipal agglomeration neighbours the Narew National Park. The close proximity of nature reserves to an urban area is part of the city’s unique appeal. Thanks to these advantages, in 1993 Białystok was the first city in Poland to become part of the Healthy Cities Network international project organised by World Health Organization (WHO). 

Bialystok is an excellent place to visit for anyone interested in multiculuralism and the various religions that can be found in the Podlasie region. The different nationalities, cultures, and religions of the local people, as well as the picturesque landscapes, make this region unique.

It is worth to spending a few days in Bialystok. There are so many attractions to enjoy. Perhaps you would like to go for a stroll to discover the history of the renowned Branicki family, admire some wooden architecture or explore old Bialystok manufactures? 

Maybe you only have 30 minutes to explore Bialystok? Don’t worry. You can take a short trip during which you will learn more about the multicultural spirit of the city that was birthplace of Ludwik Zamenhof, the man who invented the Esperanto language. The main places of interest located close to one another in the city centre.

Take a stroll and admire:

  • An impressive cathedral which comprises an Old Parish Church and Minor Basilica which is actually larger than the church
  • The place where Ludwik Zamenhof’s house used to stand.
  • The street where young Ludwik used to go for walks, as well as the Zamenhof bust.
  • The main Eastern Orthodox Church of Bialystok – St Nicholas Cathedral.
  • The former location of the Great Synagogue  – the largest in the history of pre-war Białystok.

Regardless of whether you will decide to stay a few days or just one to participate in the run, we’ll be happy to welcome you and be your hosts so that you have a chance to soak in the atmosphere of this one-of-a-kind city. We therefore have the honour to invite you to participate in this award-winning and renowned run event.
Take a deep breath.


Starter kit

  • Runner’s shirt
  • Runner’s chest number with integrated time measurement chip 
  • information leaflet
  • safe deposit where you can leave your things on the day of the run
  • pacemakers
  • nutrition points along the route
  • music spots along the route
  • medical care if needed
  • medal for finishing
  • refreshments in the finishers zone / local cuisine
  • after-run massage
  • showers and changing room
  • participation in the Breakfast Run
  • free photographs to download after the run


Bialystok offers a variety of accommodation options for visitors. 30 hotels, several hostels, as well as a large number of guest houses and apartments, are ready to welcome guests from all around the world. 

If you come to take part in the PKO Bialystok Half marathon, you may wish to take advantage of free accommodation on 12 May offered at the school gym.

In order to take advantage of the free accommodation, you need to pay the entry fee for the run. Free accommodation can be booked by sending an e-mail message to and writing your name and surname and running number (if you already have one). To check-in at the school, you will need some proof of identity or a passport.


King Zygmunt Secondary School in Bialystok, ul. Warszawska 8

The school is located approximately 500 m from the starting line.

The number of free accommodation spots is limited.

Everyone who wishes to take advantage of the free accommodation option will need to bring his or her own sleeping mat and sleeping bag.

Abbreviated rules

6th PKO Białystok Half marathon 

  • in order to complete in the run, the participants must be at least 18 years of age or turn 18 no later than on 13 May 2018.
  • Time limit – 3 hours and 30 minutes. Additionally, the limit for 10 km is 1 hour and 45 minutes. 
  • Along the route, there will be four hydration points with water available, namely at approx. 5, 9, 14 and 18 km.
  • There will be additional time measuring points along the route.

Entry fees – Half marathon 

  • PLN 70.00 by 31 March 2018
  • PLN 90.00 from 1 April to 6 May 2018
  • PLN 100.00 at the Event Office on 11-13 May 2018 – cash only!

Anyone born in 1953 or earlier is eligible for a 50% discount on the fee rate applicable at any given time.
Disabled runners are exempt from the entry fee. To be exempt from the entry fee, please send a scanned document confirming the disability to this e-mail address

Fees for running groups (teams, clubs) – minimum 10 people registered simultaneously.

  • PLN 600.00 + PLN 60.00 for each additional person – until 31 March 2018
  • PLN 800.00 + PLN 80.00 for each additional person – from 1 April to 6 May 2018 
  • Fees for running groups can be paid via bank transfer only– in the transfer id/title, please type the name of your group or club. 
  • Running grups can register via Group Registration only.

Fee payments can be transferred to the Fundacji Białystok Biega foundation’s account number: BIC/SWIFT: BREXPLPWMBK 15 1140 2017 0000 4702 1304 3240 mBank. In the bank transfer id/title, please put the name and surname, and year of birth of the runner or name of the team if the payment is made for the team. Individual payments can also be made using secure Internet transfer during registration on 6 May 2018. 

City Run 5 K 

  • to have right to start in the run one needs to be 12 or turn 12 no later than on 13 May 2018 
  • time limit – 50 minutes
  • On the route there will be additional time measuring locations

Entry fees:

  • PLN 50.00 until 31 March 2018
  • PLN 60.00 from 1 April to 6 May 2018
  • PLN 70.00 at the Event Office on 11-13 May 2018 – cash only!

Fee payments can be made to account of the foundation called Fundacji Białystok Biega to account number: BIC/SWIFT: BREXPLPWMBK 15 11402017 0000 4702 1304 3240 mBank. In the bank transfer id/title, please put the name and surname, and year of birth of the runner. 


a/ Women’s general classification and men’s general classification.

b/ Age classification:

  • K-20 (Women), M-20 (Men) (born in 2000 – 1989)
  • K-30, M-30 (born in 1988-1979)
  • K-40, M-40 (born in 1978-1969)
  • K-50, M-50 (born in 1968 – 1959)
  • K-60, M-60 (born in 1958 – 1949)
  • K-70, M-70 (born in 1948 and older)

c/ Team classification:

We welcome teams that represent companies, institutions, sports clubs, as well as teams of runners who wish to register under a common name. A team should comprise at least 4 people, including a minimum of 1 woman. There is no upper limit for the number of people in a team. An individual runner can represent only one team. During registration, please put the name of the team in the box indicated, regardless of the club name. The team’s final result shall be the sum of the time of the 4 best runners, including 1 woman from a given team under the condition that the same team name is written in the entry card(the winning team is the one with the shortest overall time run by its members).

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