Balkan 10K Road Race Championship – Brčko 15.08 2020.
After very successful last year’s Balkan 10K Road Race pilot project, this year for the first time the first official ABAF 10 km championship will be the part of the Vidovdan Road Race in Brčko.
Our goal, as a host, is to gather the best athletes of ABAF member federations. That’s why we decided to stimulate the participation of elite runners in Brčko on June 27th.
Although rules and regulations state that federation teams consist of only two male and two female runners, we are prepared to accept all elite runners who are on IAAF elite lists, bring them in and give them additional bonuses.
Every male and female athlete on the IAAF Gold label list will get an appearance bonus of 600 USD, athletes with silver label status will get 400 USD and those with Bronze label status will get 100 USD. Under the same conditions, we will accept all elite athletes from member federations of ABAF who are not part of national federation teams but come to Brčko with their federations.
All participants of the Balkan 10K Road Race Championship shall also be participants of Vidovdan Road Race and are also eligible for prizes and bonuses won in that competition.
How to come to Brčko?
Brčko is a self-governed town in the north of Bosnia and Herzegovina and with 80.000 inhabitants it lays on river Sava which represents a natural border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and European Union. It is well known for its shopping centers and great restaurants. There are a dozen hotels and motels with great rooms in the town.
It is around 20 km from the main Zagreb-Belgrade highway and the border crossing between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia (EU) is literally in the town’s center.
Closest airports are Belgrade (an hour and a half drive from Brčko), Zagreb and Sarajevo. Smaller low-cost company airports are Tuzla (BiH) 60 km, Osijek (CRO) 60 km and Banja Luka (BiH) 180 km.
About Vidovdan 10K Road Race
Vidovdan Road Race is a 10 km road race and is being held in Brčko for the past 23 years and is the only one in the region with 8 IAAF quality labels. This year it is a candidate for IAAF’s silver label. It is highly competitive with lots of great athletes running it but it is also famous for its children race with several thousand children participating in its festival part. One cannot speak about Brčko and Vidovdan Road race and not mention it’s a great audience cheering for athletes during the whole course of the race.
It is mainly flat with the lowest point of 102 meters and the highest at 108 meters. Streets are wide and properly marked. It’s one lap course leading athletes through the town and they find it very simple and comfortable.
Start and Finish are on the main boulevard which has been totally remade by city council (made new groundwork especially for Balkan 10K and Vidovdan 10K Race).