During April and May 2018 a whole series of outdoor events are being prepared in Zadar - in April a night race in the old town and a spectacular cycling Tour of Croatia, and in May the Falkensteiner Triathlon, the fifth edition of Wings for Life and finally Zadar Outdoor Festival!
From 17th April until 13th May Zadar and Zadar region will host top sports and recreational events to celebrate spring and the beginning of high tourist season.
Tour of Croatia cycling race is held for the fourth consecutive year, lasting for six days and divided into six stages. After the start on 17th April in Osijek, the best Croatian and other European and world cyclists arrive in Zadar on April 18. The bicycle caravan will then proceed to Trogir, where the third stage begins, while the fourth stage will start on 20th April from Starigrad (National Park Paklenica) to Crikvenica. This year´s Tour of Croatia will be the most demanding race so far in the highest category of the World Bicycle Organization. It will host the teams of the highest bicycle rankings, whose efforts for the stand on the podium will be thoroughly followed through television broadcasts on all continents.
Zadar Night Run takes place on the 21st of April. It is a unique evening road race held in the very center of Zadar. It is a racing spectacle that takes place in the form of three races in one; runners will choose a race of 2.5 km, 5 km or 10 km, or one to four rounds around the ancient center of the city with simultaneous start at 9 PM. Both professional runners and recreative runners participate in the race, which is recognized as a special experience, above all for its nightly mode of racing, light effects, attractive music and numerous roadside fans. As there are no similar athletic events, this particular night race is one of the most important and attractive races in the region.
From May 3 to May 5, all lovers of triathlon races can take part in the fifth edition of Falkensteiner Punta Skala Triathlon. The main sponsor of the event, Falkensteiner Punta Skala Resort offers top quality accommodation discounts at great prices offered with entry fees for some of the races. Additional bonus is the possibility for free participation in this year´s Wings For Life World Run race, which takes place the following day, on May 6th in the ancient centre of Zadar. Over the past four years this international humanitarian race, which has its Zadar edition, brought together arout 20,000 runners from Croatia and the world. The Wings for Life World Run movement began its story with the aim of donating 100% of all entry fees and donations raised through fundraising campaigns directly to life-changing spinal cord research projects and clinical trials at renowned universities and institutes worldwide. The race takes place at event locations across the planet. Everybody starts at exactly the same moment, 11 a.m. UTC. Whether it’s day or night, bright sun or pouring rain at your location – you’re running together with the world and sharing an amazing experience. The race in Zadar has been sold out every year so far, with numerous well-known Croatian athletes and celebrities taking part in it, and in 2017 it has gathered a record number of eight thousand registered runners.
Active spring in Zadar will be rounded up by Zadar Outdoor Festival, taking place from 11th to 13th May. It offers a little something for everybody in the form of particular and interesting races, guided tours, workshops and gastronomic experience of Zadar and Zadar region. Here is why: Zadar Region is well known as one of the most attractive areas for outdoor activities in the Mediterranean, characterized by its exceptional geographic diversity, ideal for various outdoor sports activities. The sea, the mainland, rivers and mountains of the Zadar region, all turn out into ideal natural sports grounds at the beginning of May. In the waters of the Zadar Channel three competitions will be held: a sailing regatta, a swimming marathon and a kayak race. Rafting lovers along with cycling and trekking enthusiasts will find their excitement in the enchanting surroundings of Zrmanja River.
Find your adventure in Zadar!