You like winning, you run for fun, you feel inspired watching others enjoying themselves while conquering miles on the city streets. Maybe you would like to improve your sports skills or find out more about new sports brands. Vivia Run&More Weekend, from 11th until the 13th of May, will take you over the 21 km long green alley of Banja Luka city to the Kastel fortress. This is an opportunity to feel good vibrations, meet devoted runners, have fun and much more. This year’s Banja Luka half-marathon will consist of four races, many seminars, trainings, a sports equipment fair and excellent music program.
Running to Kastel!
The new racetrack, which has already been tested by the most experienced racers from Banja Luka, puts the participants of the 4th Banja Luka half-marathon, on Saturday 12th of May, to a challenge. Awarded with 5 stars from the European athletics championship, and one of the most numerous half-marathons in the region, supported by m:tel, this event will gather more than 1500 people. In addition to the local runners, running to the new goal, Kastel fortress, there will also be participants from 40 different countries, which puts the Banja Luka half-marathon on the map of international sports events.
A special attraction is the G-Drive relay half-Marathon race, for teams of 2, 3 to 4 participants, where each of them runs for 5 or 10 kilometers. 200 teams and around 700 runners are expected to participate in this race.
Top sporting results are part of Banja Luka’s history, and enthusiasm and sport spirit are also shown by numerous recreational runners who will, with their participation in the “Nektar Fun Run”, revive the urban spirit of the city. About 4,000 participants will run through the city center, from Boska to Kastel. The trail is only 2,5km long and offers top-class sports and entertainment activities for everyone, grandmothers, mothers, dads, and the kids. Victory is not our ultimate goal, what’s most important is that we all reach the goal and show that, together, we can create the most beautiful sports story that will be conveyed from one generation to another.
In order for the story of Banja Luka’s runners to continue to live in the future, an important part of the most beautiful sports tale are certainly our youngest. Their day at the festival is on Friday, May 11th. Tropic market store supports the “Bambini marathon” gathering three generations, and Vivia Run&More Weekend is introducing the School Race, which, with the support of Balance, brings running and a healthy lifestyle closer to elementary and secondary schoolchildren. The youngest participants of the festival can enjoy, after sports activities, a number of interesting and fun activities.
Range of products, prepared by mojMarket, will provide festival participants with refreshment after sports activities.
Run and Learn!
Visitors will be able to take a breather from running and entertainment on the EDU Coaching Forum, which will be carried out through seminars, lectures, panel discussions and trainings. We will help runners, trainers and sports workers improve their knowledge, achieve long-term contacts with experts and gain the opportunity to work more actively on the promotion of recreational sports and sports in general, in the country and beyond. We are guided by the fact that recreational running is important for a healthier and better life, but it is much more important to run with proper form and with the advice from the experts.
For those who like to be well informed and find out more about the latest and most successful sports brands, on the 11th and 12th of May, we will be organizing the EXPO fair in Kastel fortress, bringing sports equipment manufacturers, representing sports organizations and regional race organizers as well as companies that deal with the distribution of dietary supplements.
In addition to numerous sports brands that Vivia Run&More Weekend visitors will have a chance to see, the sports sponsor of the complete festival is Sport Vision with the NIKE brand.
Be a part of the craziest party!
Every sporting or educational activity requires a bit of fun. This year’s Vivia Run&More Weekend offers more. Cultural manifestations and parties will be organized all around the town. On Saturday, we are preparing the greatest party ever, along the track, with numerous DJs, bands, trumpeters and inescapable Banja Luka’s sport fans. Fun won’t be lacking even at the final destination – Kastel fortress, where numerous entertainment activities will be waiting for the runners, which will, in the evening, culminate in the greatest party for all participants and citizens of Banja Luka. Some of the most famous regional bands and DJs will be featured at the event.
We will start and end Vivia Run&More Weekend in the sports spirit. After fun, training and running, on Sunday, we will organize rafting, paintball and paragliding activities for all those who want to spice up a fantastic weekend in Banja Luka with a little adrenaline rush.
Come, take part and have fun!