The DU Motion Runner’s Days got off to a great start in Dubrovnik today with the “Run the Wall” and the “Kid’s Day” events.
The winner of this year’s Run the Wall was one of the youngest competitors, Luka Đurović, from Dubrovnik who ran the two and a half kilometre track around the historic walls of Dubrovnik in 11 minutes and 24 seconds. The race around the ancient walls included the 1,940 metres of the walls as well as 1,080 steps, making for a very challenging race and the warm and sunny weather conditions meant that the runners had to take on plenty of water. In second place was Rolf Majevic from Austria and third was Vito Papić.
In the women’s competition the winner was Melanie Nicolle from Great Britain with a time of 13 minutes and 47 seconds. Whilst the silver and bronze medals in the women’s race both went to Dubrovnik born athletes, Nela Madeško came second with a time of 13 minutes and 55 seconds and Dijana Urlić Obuljen came in third place with 15 minutes and 21 seconds.
Runners from all over the world took part in this year’s Run the Walls race, which is a warmup for the big event on Sunday the Dubrovnik Half Marathon.
After the Run the Walls it was the turn of the children to take centre stage in the Kid’s Day race. Running the length of the main street, the Stradun, through the centre of the Old City around 500 children took part.
This year's winners of the Race the Walls event - Melanie Nicolle and Luka Đurović