The marathon chain of Bulgaria starts on 31 March with new traces and bonuses for results. For a fourth consecutive year three of the big marathon competitions unite under the slogan “Running as a Way of Life” with the following dates:  

31 March Stara Zagora Marathon
12 May Varna Marathon
13 October: Wizz Air Sofia Marathon 2019  

New more comfortable routes for the runners

What is new this year are the routes and the corrections are with the aim to offer to the participants better opportunities for competing. The marathon of Sofia will be with a completely changed route and will start from the Alexander Batenberg Square in front of the National Art Gallery and will pass through many of the symbolic city places. Last autumn the Wizz Air Sofia Marathon became a part of the family of the Association of the International Marathons and Distance Races.

There will be changes in the Stara Zagora Marathon as well. However, the reason for them is due to the reconstruction works in the central part of the town.

The Varna Marathon will be along the well-known route which last year was slightly changed in its part in the Sea Garden in order to make the event more comfortable for the participants and fans. This year Varna holds the title “European Town of Sport” which will make the event even more special. In relation to this imitative the organizers are from now planning a lot of ongoing activities which are to turn the marathon into a real fest for the citizens and guests of the town.


The 20 000 jackpot is linked already with good results and the minimum of points gets dismissed


The organizers again ensure a super attractive prize for the Bulgarian chain of marathons “Running as a Way of Life”. Along with the big prizes for the winners is ensured also an additional bonus of 20 000 BGN for good performance (in total for the men and women) in the three marathons in one year via a ranking as per a special point system.

Now, however, the regulations are slightly changed and in order to win the jackpot good results need to be achieved. Again, at every start for the first place are given 10 points, for second – 8 pts, for the third – 6 pts and so on until 1 point is given for eighth places. If the points are even at the end, the winner is the one who achieved more leading rankings, and if again the result is even – the jackpot gets divided between the two winners. There will not be any more a minimum of 20 pts which need to be reached in order to win the bonus, but points will be awarded only for results under 2.25 h for the men and 2.45 h for the women. The organizers believe that thus they will stimulate more class achievements which will make the Bulgarian marathons more attractive and prestigious.

Point system for the jackpot:

  1. place– 10 points
  2. place – 8 points
  3. place – 6 points
  4. place – 5 points
  5. place – 4 points
  6. place – 3 points
  7. place – 2 points
  8. place – 1 point

The big bonuses for the winners remain unchanged and thus for a third consecutive year will be ensured the participation of elite athletes and the registration of great results in the Bulgarian marathons. The winners for the men and women in each of three marathons will received each 8000 BGN which is quite an attractive prize fund.

In 2019 more active part will be played by the municipalities, organizers of the upcoming events are Sofia Municipality, Stara Zagora Municipality, Varna Municipality, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Bulgarian Olympic Committee, the Bulgarian Athletic Association and the Association “Sports in the Free Time” as well as the local clubs.

The online enrolments for all the marathons have been already opened. The terms as well as the ways for registration and the terms for participation can be found in the site of the respective marathon. In the three web pages can be found special links which offer the opportunity for enrolling volunteers.

The organizers have again ensured an attractive prize fund for the chain of marathons. Along with it each participant will receive a special t-shirt and those who have successfully finished the main distances will receive a special medal in order to remember the event.