Lodz is the perfect choice for your first marathon

A new year often brings with it the chance to set goals for the next twelve months. New Year’s resolutions often involve more exercise, a better diet or just a fresh outlook on life.

For the running community, New Year’s resolutions usually revolve around a new challenge. In 2016 many runners will decide they want to run more kilometres than ever before or to improve their personal bests. Others will just vow to enjoy their running more. But for lots of people, when the calendar ticks over into a new year, a marathon will be the first thing that springs to mind.

If you do decide 2016 is the year you’re going to run those 42.195 kilometres, why not enter the DOZ Marathon Lodz with PZU on 17 April. Lodz is the third largest city in Poland and the race caters for every level of marathon running.

For those who are new to marathons, it can be daunting to choose from hundreds of different races all around the world. However, DOZ Marathon Lodz with PZU has recently been certified as 5-Star Quality Road Race by European Athletics Running for All and is therefore guaranteed to be of the highest quality. As Piotrek Jakobik explains, the race is so well organised and easy to get to that it seems perfect for those who might not know what to expect.

“We are extremely pleased to be a certified 5 star race; it is another confirmation of the highest organisational standards we provide at DOZ Marathon Lodz with PZU.

“To make life easier, we offer some attractive accommodation packages which can be ordered during the online registration process. Additionally, our tour operator can help you arrange your trip, including direct flights to Lodz.”

There is something for the experienced marathon runner too, as this year presents the rare opportunity to set a new course record. With a brand new route for 2016, the race is also looking to set its own record when it comes to participation numbers.

“The most important thing is that this course is going to be really flat and really fast” says Jakobik. “Of course, the unforgettable finish line will still be located in the Atlas Arena - one of the biggest sports and entertainment indoor venues in Poland – and there will be music and plenty of people cheering you on.”

Race director, Michał Drelich, adds: “We wanted to bring the start closer to the finish line to raise the comfort and satisfaction of our event participants. On April 17th we will witness a spectacular start, because along with the marathon runners, participants of the 10k run will be starting, but this time they will run in the opposite direction!”

While this change in route allows elite runners to fight it out for the honour of holding the inaugural course record, all participants will benefit from the opportunity to pass many of the most beautiful places in Lodz. The new route will showcase the 19th century Palace of Israel Poznanski, the Square of Freedom, as well as running through the centre of residential Retkinia.

So with 2016 now underway what are you waiting for? For just 25 euros you can secure your race entry today, along with an official race t-shirt, cap and rucksack courtesy of technical sponsors Newline.

Maybe 2016 will be the year you become a marathoner?

For further details please visit: http://www.lodzmaraton.pl/en

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