Sofia, the oldest capital city in Europe, is off the general Tourist trail but is a wonderful place to visit. It offers a fantastic value and fun weekend away in Eastern Europe. There is some magnificent architecture here and at night the lighting gives some spectacular photo opportunities. If shopping is your thing then the grand boulevard Vitosha offers the best named shops and there are some large complexes near the city centre. There are tremendous parks and green areas in this city.Whilst in the European Economic Area, Bulgaria has retained its own currency, the Lev, and you will be surprised at the great value there is to be had here.
What is included:
There is such a lot to see and do in Sofia.
• Met at Sofia International Airport by Running Crazy Ltd staff
• Transfer and return from/to airport/hotel
• Good class 3* and 4* hotels on Bed and Breakfast basis
(conveniently located for the race)
• Race Entry (Guaranteed)
• Reception Meeting/Map of Area/Explanation of Course
• Goody bag and Race Number etc delivered
• T-Shirt and/or Medal
• Optional 'Running Crazy' trustworthy Pre-Race Pasta meal (Cash on night)
• Exclusive 'Running Crazy' After race meal and get together (Cash on night)
• Optional Sightseeing Tours
• Race Support
• Spectator Support
• Full Results service by E-Mail
• Services of 'Running Crazy' representatives
Starting very close to our hotel, the marathon route is two laps of the half marathon. A very flat and scenic course. The 10K route is also flat and fast and takes in the centre of town. The Finish area is right alongside the start.
Map of Course:
- see bottom of page -
Spectators and Supporters:
We know how important spectators and supporters are at these events. We provide a supporters package at no extra charge. We will advise where on the course are the most advantageous spectator positions, and how to get there easily and in time for the race. More often than not we will take you there and join you for a cup of coffee and have a few surprises planned whilst awaiting the first sight of the runners! All our hotels are comfortably furnished with TV and entertainment facilities - many have spas, pools and saunas too
'Running Crazy' are delighted to welcome runners who are raising sponsorship for registered charities. We know that the great feeling of accomplishment when completing the race, feels even better when you are helping others in to the bargain! See our Run for Charity link to choose a charity that you can help. Many charities listed there will provide special runners packs including sponsorship forms and tips, and also charity running vests. Just contact them with your details and tell them you intend to run with 'Running Crazy' on their behalf. In addition we will provide you with a 'Running Crazy' Certificate confirming your achievement and result, and also a special commemorative prize. Just specify the charity name in your 'Application'.
'Running Crazy' have secured good class 4* Hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at a hotel just a short walk or jog from the race start and finish area. This is ideal for kit storage, changing, showering and those all important pre-race toilet preparations! In addition, the hotel is just a short walk or tram ride to the heart of the Old Town for your sightseeing days. You could walk to the centre of town in just 15 minutes. There are nearby parks for training runs too! Lunch and evening meals are available at the hotel at great prices - good quality too.
Average sunshine hours in a day 8
Wet days in a month 14
Average Temperature 11 - 21
Average Monthly Rainfall 70 mm
There is a lot to keep you busy over the course of a weekend in Sofia. This is a busy capital city with all manner of sights. As well as being well placed for the race our hotel is also ideally located for access to the centre of Town. This is the entertainment hot spot, with great bars, pubs and restaurants.
Travelling as part of a group is always more sociable and often more fun too. Speak to your friends and running colleagues and get a group together. There is a special prize given to groups of just 10 (you choose who receives it), and there are special discounts for groups of over 20.
Our all-inclusive prices are extremely competitive - from as little as just £149 for the weekend - we know we cannot be beaten on price - and our runners continually tell us that they receive so much more on a 'Running Crazy' weekend break. All our 'resort races' offer half board accommodation, and for our 'Big City' races we know all the best value places to eat, drink and have fun. Indeed, we book these for our pre-race and after race gatherings, meaning groups and individuals can just sit back, relax, make new running pals and let us do any worrying. No tourist traps for our clients! We know these races and places inside out and will advise on what to see and do over the weekend, provide directions and maps - all very useful when on a tight timescale. All you have to do is run!
6 weeks before the event, or sooner if "Sold Out" applied to Index page.
What to do next?:
If you are interested in joining us in Sofia then please complete and send the Application Form. Information including travel tips and prices will be sent by return.
Map of Course (Marathon & Half Marathon)
Map of Course (10K)