We have a title sponsor!
Poland's biggest runs of half marathon and marathon distance will be held under the name of PZU Warsaw Marathon and PZU Warsaw Half Marathon for the next three editions. The cooperation will enable even faster development of both events and will provide many benefits for participants as well as contribute to further promotion of health and healthy lifestyle in Poland. The participants of 35th PZU Warsaw Marathon in 2013 could witness the positive influence of cooperation with the strong partner on the organizational level of the event.
Together with a new partner – PZU – we have set ourselves
ambitious targets. We would like PZU Warsaw Half Marathon
to enter the top three half marathons in Europe and PZU Warsaw Marathon to enter the top five marathons in Europe in the coming years. This means that Warsaw Marathon must be finished by 15 thousand runners.
Our next goal for the coming period is to get the Gold Label certification which is awarded on the basis of very restrictive set of requirements: event regulations, traffic management, media coverage, safety, ecology and sports performance. Gold Label is, on the one hand, prestige and recognition, but on the other – another motivation for development.
We would also like to increase the presence of runners from abroad significantly, particularly in PZU Warsaw Marathon. So far, foreigners have accounted for 5% of participants and represented more than 60 different countries. In comparison with smaller marathon in Prague, where out of around 6000 participants foreigners constituted almost two-third, the result of Warsaw Marathon is very low. A larger number of visitors coming to Poland for running events means promotion of not only our running events but also of Warsaw itself and whole country.
The first outcome of our cooperation will be 9th PZU Warsaw Half Marathon, which will start on March 30, 2014 from the Poniatowski Bridge. Two months before the start we have already over 10,000 runners signed up and representing 34 countries. Women comprise around 25% of the total. We will apparently, thanks to you, break the last year’s record.