Maribor Slovenia will be host to the 1st Eco Marathon Maribor on the 18th and 19th of September this year. The two day event will consist of a cycling marathon (82 km and 144 km) and running marathon (10 km and 21 km) and will be organized by sports management Agency SEM and the City of Maribor.
The event is placed within the European Mobility Week, a campaign aimed to encourage public awareness of the need to act against pollution caused by the increase in motorised traffic in the urban environment. For these two days at least, people will overtake the streets of Maribor by foot or bicycle and leave their cars at home, promoting better quality of urban life.
»Maribor, as the second largest city in Slovenia needs an urban event of this sort for the general public. It is our aim to encourage people and give them an opportunity to actively participate and leave their cars at home and do something for themselves and subsequently for the environment. Additionaly if our competition succeeds in motivating people to starts moving today in order to compete in September we have accoplished our goal completely«, said Dejan Vlaisavljević, project director.
»It is our aim for the 1st Eco Marathon Maribor to become an annual event recognized for promoting a better quality of life as well as Maribor city itself. I will show my support by a running the 10 km course« said the major of Maribor, Franc Kangler.
The applications for the 1st Eco Marathon Maribor are open until midnight the 13th of September. All information regarding the event and how to apply is available on the website www.ekomaratonmaribor.si