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 total Surface 105 hectares. The municipal agglomeration neighbours with Narew National Park. It is a unique sitation to have nature reserves so close to the city. 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 for everyone interested in multiculuralism and multiple religions that can be found in the Podlasie region. Many nationalities, cultures, and religions of people who live here, as well as picturesque landscapes, make this region unique.

It is worth to spend a few days in Bialystok. There are many attractive things to see. Perhaps you would like to go for a troll to discover the history of the renowned Branicki family, admire wooden architecture or explore old Bialystok manufactures? 

You have only 30 minutes to explore Bialystok? That’s all right. You can decide on 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. Interesting locations are close to one another in the centre of the city.

During a stroll you will see:

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

Regardless of whether you will be staying for a few days or just one to participate in the run, we’ll be happy to see you and be your hosts. You will have a chance to feel the atmosphere of this one of a kind city. We would like to invite you to participate in this award-winning and renowned run event.
Take a deep breath.

 

Starter kit

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

Accommodation

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

If you come to PKO Bialystok Half marathon, you can decide to use free accommodation on 12 May offered at the school gym.

The be able to use the free accommodation the visitor needs to pay entry fee for the run. Free accommodation can be booked by sending an e-mail message to noclegi@bialystokbiega.pl and writing your name and surname and running number (if you already have it). To check-in at school, you will need your id document or passport.

Address:

King Zygmunt Secondary School in Bialystok, ul. Warszawska 8

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

The number of free accommodation spots is limited.

Every person who wants to use the free accommodation option will need to bring his or her own sleeping pad and sleeping bag.


Abbreviated rules

6th PKO Białystok Half marathon 

  • to have right to start in the run one needs to be 18 or turn 18 no later than on 13 May 2018.
  • Time limit – 3 hours and 30 minutes. Additionally, a limit for 10 km is 1 hour and 45 minutes. 
  • Along the route, there will be four locations with water available, namely at approx. Km 5, 9, 14 and 18.
  • On the route, there will be additional time measuring locations.

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!

Persons born in 1953 or earlier are eligible for 50% discount on the fee rate applicable in a given time.
Disabled runners are exempt from entry fee. To be exempt from the entry fee, please send a scanned document that confirms the disability to e-mail address zapisy@bialystokbiega.pl

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 only via bank transfer – in the transfer id/title, please type the name of the group or club. 
  • Running grups can register only via Group Registration.

Fee payments can be made to account of the foundation called Fundacji Białystok Biega to account number: 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:  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. 


Classification

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 want to register under a common name. A team should comprise at least 4 persons, including minimum 1 woman. There is no upper limit as to the number of persons in a team. An individual runner can represent only one team. During registration, please put the name of the team in an indicated box, 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 in the entry card there is the same team name written (the team that wins needs to have the shortest sum of time achieved by its members).



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