The Old City

Run atop the walls surrounding this beautiful Croatian city on the Adriatic coast

Dubrovnik Half Marathon

Dubrovnik, Croatia | Sunday, May 1, 2022

Dating back to the Middle Ages, the stone city walls that surround this coastal city in southern Croatia — now a UNESCO World Heritage site — will make up most of the route at this springtime race, a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience for the adventurous runner. The history you’ll run through is palpable everywhere; from being nearly completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1667 to suffering severe damage from shelling during the war for Croatian independence in the 1990s, Dubrovnik has since become one of the most-visited cities on the Mediterranean. Throughout your 13.1 miles, you’ll get to look over onto the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic Sea below, and take in sights that might be familiar if you’re a fan of movies like The Last Jedi or TV shows like Game of Thrones, as scenes from both were filmed here.

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