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Runners and walkers on the Trail along the Wire

From 9 to 11 May, Ljubljana will be surrounded by runners and walkers for the 66th edition of the Trail along the Wire. This is one of the largest sports and recreational events in Slovenia, attracting around 30,000 participants every year. The main event will take place on Saturday, 11 May, when the triple race will take place, with 1,265 competitors last year.

Most of the participants gather for the march around Ljubljana, which is a reminder of the time when the Slovenian capital was surrounded by barbed wire during the Second World War.The march takes place every year from Thursday to Saturday around 9 May, when Ljubljana celebrates its liberation in 1945 and Europe commemorates the end of the Second World War.

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35-kilometre route

The trail runs along a nearly 35-kilometre route, where the Italian occupiers erected a barbed wire fence along with more than 100 bunkers. In 2016, the Ministry of Culture inscribed the Trail along the barbed wire in the Register of Cultural Heritage.

According to the City of Ljubljana, the event has been associated with preserving the memory of Ljubljana's history since its inception and is one of the important building blocks of the city's identity. In addition to preserving historical memory, the annual march encourages people to live active and healthy lives, to socialise with each other and to take care of their environment.

Last year, more than 13,000 walkers and almost 4,000 runners took part on all days

The Triple run has no direct competitive significance and no comparison on a European or world scale. The key to the Triple Triple is cooperation and camaraderie, as it is the third, weakest member of the team whose time counts as the final achievement of the trio.

The triple run for primary and secondary schools will start at Galjevica at 9:00. Kindergarteners will join the march between 9 and 10 am at the most convenient place for them and will finish the march at the point they declared when collecting their cards. The finish line will be open until 13:00. At 9.20 a.m., the Teachers' Triathlon will start, which was a new feature of last year's event.

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Author: Vesna Žarkovič

Date: 9. May 2024

Time to read: 3 min