If your adventure portfolio lacks a really unique running treat, save this September for a visit to Omiš. The minute you step foot in our small town surrounded by steep mountain cliffs, you'll understand why the Omiš Half Marathon is called the 'hidden gem' of the running season. Many of our first-time participants are indeed baffled by the fact that a flat marathon course of over 20 kilometres is set within such impressive mountains, virtually reaching all the way to the sea.
And the course is indeed located in one of the most amazing sceneries in this part of Europe - in the Cetina river canyon which you enter through a small road tunnel right from the old historical part of town, where the Omiš Half Marathon both starts and finishes. And behind the tunnel, kilometres of pure untouched nature await.
This year's event again includes two races - the half marathon with the start and finish line in the old town of Omiš and a recreational 6 kilometre race, both within the Cetina river canyon, which has been a protected landscape ever since 1963.
Running through the canyon you'll pass some of the best rafting, kayaking, trekking, hiking and free-climbing locations in Croatia. The impressive scenery has attracted some well-known runners over the years, and the names of our last year's winners are perhaps the best evidence of the race's quality - Alija Imamović (Olympic runner from Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Marija Vrajić (Olympic runner).
But don't let these impressive names intimidate you - the Omiš Half Marathon is an event for professional and recreational runners alike, and this year's fifth annual race is expected to host the greatest number of competitors so far, both from Croatia and from abroad. The Omiš Half Marathon has, in a relatively short time, grown into quite a popular event, which is partly due to the quality of its attractive race course, but also to the fantastic atmosphere created around the race in our small town, which as a well-known adventure destination welcomes adrenaline and nature lovers with great enthusiasm.
The Omiš Half Marathon is a race you'll remember for years, or one you won't remember at all - depending on how enthusiastically you give yourself over to the mentioned heartfelt welcome by the locals after passing the finish line :)
To make this a day of true family fun, in addition to the two main races, the young ones will also be able to participate in a kids' race and a toddlers' obstacle course race.
Registrations are possible under: www.stotinka.hr/hrv/dogadjaj/1150and race entries are accepted at the start line from 8-9 AM on the day of the race. For more details on the run event and available accommodation please check out our official Facebook page (hr-hr.facebook.com/omiskipolumaraton/) and the website of the Omiš Tourist Board (www.visitomis.hr/en/about-omis).