Bialystok – Take a deep breath.

 

Bialystok – the largest city in northern-eastern Poland and the capital of the Podlaskie Voivodeship 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 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 are 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 bip number 
  • information bulletin
  • 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

 


Abbreviated rules

8th PKO Białystok Halfmarathon 

  • in order to compete in the run, the participants must be at least 18 years of age or turn 18 up to 10th of May 2020.
  • Time limit – 3 hours. Additionally, the limit for 10 km is 1 hour and 40 minutes. 
  • Along the route, there will be four hydration points with water available, namely at approx. 5, 10, 14 and 18 km.
  • There will be additional time measuring points along the route.
  • Durning registration you are obliged to choose start zone, where you want to start at. We kindly ask to choose a start zone following your possibility. Organiser has a right to ask for your past results to verify your choice.

Avaliable start zones:

  • I – up till 1:34:59
  • II – 1:35:00 – 1:44:59
  • III – 1:45:00 – 1:54:59
  • IV – 1:55:00 – 2:04:59
  • V – above 2:05:00

Entry fees – Halfmarathon 

  • 80 PLN from 1 st October to 31 st December 2019,
  • 90 PLN from 1 st January to 31 st March 2020,
  • 100 PLN from 1 st April to 3 rd May 2020,
  • 120 PLN at the Race Office 8 th – 10 th May 2020 (subject to availability).

2. Participants may also choose a race pack with optional charity donation –
HALF MARATHON IN SUPPORT OF BONE MARROW DONATION:
○ 100 PLN from 24 th October to 31 st December 2019,
○ 110 PLN from 1 st January to 31 st March 2020,
○ 120 PLN from 1 st April to 3 rd May 2020,
○ 140 PLN at the Race Office from 8 th to 10 th May 2020 (subject to
availability).

Payments must be made during the registration process via secure online payments
(by card, Blik or bank transfer).
In extraordinary circumstances, it is possible to make a direct payment to the
Białystok Biega Foundation’s bank account following prior contact with the Organiser
via e-mail at zapisy@bialystokbiega.pl. The Foundation’s account number is: 15
1140 2017 0000 4702 1304 3240 mBank.
Participants born in 1960 or before are entitled to 50% discount on the entry fee at
the rate applicable at the time of registration.

PKO Bieg na 5 (5KM RUN) 

  • in order to compete in the run, the participants must be at least 12 years of age or turn 12 up to 10th of May 2020
  • time limit – 50 minutes
  • On the route there will be additional time measuring points

Entry fees:

  • PLN 60.00 until 31st  of December 2019
  • PLN 70.00 from 1st  of January to 3th of May 2020
  • PLN 80.00 at the Race Office 8 th – 10 th May 2020 (subject to availability).

Participants may also choose a race pack with optional charity donation –
5KM RUN IN SUPPORT OF BONE MARROW DONATION:

  • PLN 80.00 until 31st  of December 2019
  • PLN 90.00 from 1st  of January to 3th of May 2020
  • PLN 100.00 at the Race Office 8 th – 10 th May 2020 (subject to availability).

Payments must be made during the registration process via secure online payments
(by card, Blik or bank transfer).
In extraordinary circumstances, it is possible to make a direct payment to the
Białystok Biega Foundation’s bank account following prior contact with the Organiser
via e-mail at zapisy@bialystokbiega.pl. The Foundation’s account number is: 15
1140 2017 0000 4702 1304 3240 mBank.
Participants born in 1960 or before are entitled to 50% discount on the entry fee at
the rate applicable at the time of registration.


CLASSIFICATIONS

1. The Race shall feature the following main classifications:
a. General classification (women and men),
b. Classification of Białystok citizens – for participants living in Białystok, as
stated in their ID or other official document,
c. Classification of Poles – for participants residing in Poland, as stated in their
ID, passport or other official document,
d. Age classifications:
■ K-20 (Women), M-20 (Men) (year of birth 2002 – 1991)
■ K-30, M-30 (1990-1981)
■ K-40, M-40 (1980-1971)
■ K-50, M-50 (1970 – 1961)
■ K-60, M-60 (1960 – 1951)
■ K-70, M-70 (1950 and before)
2. ADDITIONAL CLASSIFICATIONS.
Participants may take part in only one additional classification, which has to
chosen during the registration process. It is not possible to change additional
classification afterwards.
3. Additional classifications:
a. Academic Half Marathon Championships – for students, lecturers and
academic staff. In order to take part in this classification, participants have to
enter the name of HE institution they represent. The Organiser allows
entering the name of the HE institution together with the name of the club
(e.g.: University Name/Club Name or vice versa);
b. Uniformed Services Half Marathon Championships. The classification is
intended for people who serve or work at uniformed services. In order to take
part in this classification, participants have to enter the name of uniformed
service unit they represent. The Organiser allows entering the name of the
uniformed service unit together with the name of the club (e.g.: Unit
Name/Club Name or vice versa);

c. Entrepreneurs and Business People – classification addressed to business
owners (including sole proprietorship) as well as members of management
boards and supervisory boards;
d. Teachers – classification addressed to primary and secondary school
teachers. In order to take part in this classification, participants have to enter
the name of the school they work at.
e. Classification of participants on wheelchairs – participants in this
classification are excluded from other classifications. The Organiser allows
the start of participants on wheelchairs with direct manual drive. The
Organiser does not allow the start of participants on wheelchairs with indirect
drive (e.g. hand-bike) and rim-push type.

4. Team classification.
a. A team consists of a minimum of 4 people including at least 1 woman. There
is no upper limit of the number of team members. A participant may represent
one team only.
b. Participants declare their will to take part in a team during registration process
by joining an already created team or by creating a new one and letting other
participants join in.
c. A team's final result is the sum of the times of the team's 4 best players,
including at least 1 woman.

5. All classifications will be based on individual net times counted from crossing the
start line to crossing the finish line, except for the first 50 participants to cross the
finish line, who will be classified based on gross time counted from the starter's shot.
6. Participants finishing without their starting numbers and timing chips shall not be
classified.



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