Марафони України

Marathons of Ukraine

After participating in mine the first marathon in Copenhagen, I was interested in what marathon distances, namely races for 42 kilometers, are in Ukraine. After getting acquainted with all such races, I managed to make this list, which came to a large and violent. As many as two certified marathons are held in Ukraine Road Races Bronze Label. For almost the last few years, these two marathons have even been held on the same day. In addition, there are many other interesting races in Ukraine, which are held in different parts of the country Dnipro, Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, Odessa and other cities.



I suggest to start acquaintance with marathons of Ukraine with the most top events having the highest level of the organization.

Логотип марафона

  • Official name: Kyiv City Marathon
  • Venue: Kyiv (Ukraine)
  • Distances: 42, 21 and 10 km.
  • Entry fee: from 34 €
  • Date: October 24
  • Coating: asphalt
  • Website: kyivmarathon.org
  • Certification: IAAF, AIMS, Road Races Bronze Label

Kyiv City Marathon - an international marathon held since 2010 in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. The capital's race track has IAAF and AIMS certificates. The results of runners who cover marathon and half marathon distances are recorded at the international level. Thanks to this, athletes have the opportunity to set European and world records.

In addition, if the athlete showed a good result in the Kyiv race, he has the opportunity to get to other international marathons, to participate in which you must have qualifying results.

Логотип марафона

  • Official name: Bila Tserkva Marathon
  • Venue: Bila Tserkva (Ukraine)
  • Distances: 42, 21 and 5 km.
  • Entry fee: from 18 €
  • Date: October 4
  • Coating: asphalt
  • Website: bc-marathon.org.ua
  • Certification: AIMS, Road Races Bronze Label

The main highlight of the marathon in Bila Tserkva is its route - it is not only very comfortable to run, but also one of the fastest in the world. This is a real training ground where athletes have the opportunity to set high personal records. Because of this, this marathon is very popular among the running elite of Ukraine, and athletes who run for results.

The route itself is one circle, the distance of which is 5274 meters. This makes it very easy for runners to maintain a comfortable pace and accelerate it to maintain better results.

In addition to marathons with Road Races Bronze Label there are other no less interesting marathons in Ukraine, which are held in various Ukrainian cities and can also boast a high level of organization.

Січень

  • Official name: Mad Hare
  • Venue: Zaytsi (Ukraine)
  • Distances: 42, 25 and 16 km.
  • Entry fee: from 20 €
  • Date: January
  • Coating: asphalt
  • Website: –
  • Certification: –

The Winter Marathon "Mad Hare" is held in the Chernihiv region around the village with the symbolic name Hare. The race organizers provided a chipped system to fix the finish. Due to this, each athlete has the opportunity to get their own "clean" time, during which he passed the proposed distance. After the finish, the participant receives an SMS with his results on the phone.

A fully paved track is very convenient for running. Pleasant surprises, gifts, medals, and prizes are waiting for the finishers. An interesting lottery is also held after the marathon.

March

  • Official name: Odesa International Marathon “Self-Transcendence”
  • Venue: Odesa (Україна)
  • Distances: 42, 21 and 10 km.
  • Entry fee: from 18 €
  • Date: March 21
  • Coating: asphalt
  • Website: odessamarathon.com
  • Certification: Athletics Federation of Ukraine (FLAU)

The Odesa Marathon is a classic marathon for two qualifying distances: a marathon (42 kilometers) and a half marathon (21 kilometers). The event also includes races for children at 0.5 km and 1 km. The purpose of the Odesa marathon “Self-Transcendence” is to allow everyone to run a marathon, regardless of gender and age, and professional runners - to test their abilities and skills in the new marathon season. A nice feature is that the Odesa marathon is held near the sea on the Health Route in Odesa.

April

Логотип марафона

  • Official name: Kyiv Euro Marathon
  • Venue: Kyiv (Україна)
  • Distances: 42, 21 and 5 km.
  • Entry fee: from 25 €
  • Date: April 25
  • Coating: asphalt
  • Website: kyiveuromarathon.com
  • Certification: Athletics Federation of Ukraine (FLAU)

The Kyiv Euro Marathon has been held with the support of the Ukrainian Delegation of the European Union since 2017. This is a real running holiday for the whole city and its guests. The marathon is dedicated to the celebration of Europe Days in Ukraine. Its goal is to develop and promote amateur sports, to involve people in a healthy and active lifestyle, to demonstrate a common commitment to common values ​​among all countries of the continent.

The marathon is held near the main sports arena of Ukraine NSC "Olympic". Every year a running event attracts the attention of thousands of runners from around the world. In 2021, participants will have an updated and even more comfortable highway and distances for any level of training.

Логотип марафона

  • Official name: Zaporizhzhia Marathon
  • Venue: Zaporizhzhia (Україна)
  • Distances: 42, 21 and 10 km.
  • Entry fee: from 5 €
  • Date: April 14
  • Coating: asphalt
  • Website: newrun.com.ua
  • Certification: Athletics Federation of Ukraine (FLAU)

The Zaporozhye Marathon is part of a series of races organized by "Nova Poshta". The first start of the marathon took place in 2018. In 2020, the marathon was held remotely and was dedicated to the city of Zaporizhia.

Травень

Логотип марафона

  • Official name: "Race under the cooling towers"
  • Venue: Varash (Україна)
  • Distances: 42, 21 and 10 km.
  • Entry fee: from 10 €
  • Date: April
  • Coating: asphalt
  • Website:
  • Certification:

This marathon is organized by the Rivne Nuclear Power Plant - the first race was held in 2018 with distances of 5 and 10 kilometers. Now the distance is a full-fledged marathon and half marathon. The marathon "Race under the cooling towers" is held in the city of Varash, Rivne region. The peculiarity of this race is that the route itself passes directly under the cooling towers - it is six giant hydraulic structures belonging to the Rivne NPP, whose height is 150 meters.

Червень

Night Marathon-Fest

  • Official name: Night Marathon-Fest
  • Venue: Vyshhorod (Ukraine)
  • Distances: 42 and 21 km.
  • Entry fee: from 15 €
  • Date: June
  • Coating: asphalt
  • Website: gonka.com.ua
  • Certification: Athletics Federation of Ukraine (FLAU)

Night Marathon-Fest - is a unique marathon that is held at night, which gives it even more drive and energy. This running event successfully combines entertainment, sports, a party and unforgettable adventures for the whole family. A night marathon is held near the Kyiv Sea, which allows participants to admire the unsurpassed night landscapes.

In addition to the marathon, half marathon and relay, athletes have the opportunity to take part in a music show, raffle of interesting gifts from the partners of the event, as well as to meet the unsurpassed dawn over the Kyiv Sea. As for the marathon route, it is completely paved and smooth without ascents and descents, which is very comfortable and safe for running in the dark.

Серпень

Логотип марафона

  • Official name: International Marathon “Liberation”
  • Venue: Kharkiv (Україна)
  • Distances: 42, 21 and 10 km.
  • Entry fee: from 7 €
  • Date: August
  • Coating: asphalt
  • Website: newrun.com.ua
  • Certification: Athletics Federation of Ukraine (FLAU)

A marathon called “Liberation” is held annually in Kharkiv as part of the celebration of the city day and its liberation from Nazi invaders, and is also dedicated to the Independence Day of Ukraine. The main tasks of this important running event for Kharkiv residents are to promote a healthy lifestyle, develop sports among the masses, strengthen friendly ties between countries, involve the younger generation in sports and culture, raise respect for significant historical events and honor the older generation.

Логотип марафона

  • Official name: Eco-marathon "Dawn of Svityaz"
  • Venue: Shatsʹk (Україна)
  • Distances: 42, 21 and 10 km.
  • Entry fee: from 13 €
  • Date: August
  • Coating: asphalt
  • Website: kovelsport.com.ua
  • Certification:

Eco-marathon "Dawn of Svityaz" is the first marathon of this format held in Volyn. A marathon is being held on the territory of the Shatsk National Park.

The highlight of the race is the amazing surrounding landscapes. The marathon route runs both on an asphalt road and on forest trails. But the most beautiful landscapes are waiting for runners near Lake Svityaz, which is considered the deepest in Ukraine. Running the main distance of the marathon, athletes have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the unsurpassed natural beauty of the Shatsk National Park. An interesting route, running at sunrise, breathtaking views of Lake Svityaz - all this gives drive and energy to this running event.

Вересень

Логотип марафона

  • Official name: Dnipro Marathon
  • Venue: Dnipro (Україна)
  • Distances: 42, 21 and 10 km.
  • Entry fee: from 23 €
  • Date: September 26
  • Coating: asphalt
  • Website: dnipromarathon.com
  • Certification: Athletics Federation of Ukraine (FLAU)

The Dnieper Marathon has been held since 2016. This is a significant running event for residents and guests of the city of Dnipro. "Dnipro Marathon" hospitably invites runners from all over Ukraine and gives the opportunity to test their strength to both beginners and the running elite of our country.

The marathon route consists of one circle and runs along the picturesque promenade, which is considered the longest in Europe. The smooth asphalt track gives you all the opportunities to set your own running records. That's why professional runners love it so much. The starting and finishing platforms of the ecological Dnieper marathon are set in the heart of the city - on the Heroes of the Maidan Square.

Наш Краматорск

  • Official name: "Our Kramatorsk" Marathon
  • Venue: Kramatorsk (Ukraine)
  • Distances: 42, 30, 21 and 5 km.
  • Entry fee: –
  • Date: September
  • Coating: asphalt
  • Website: 
  • Certification: –

Marathon in the city of Kramatorsk is held since 2017. It is traditionally dedicated to the celebration of Machine Builder's Day and City Day. The marathon attracted the attention of thousands of athletes from Donbass and all over Ukraine. Participants are offered free registration for all distances, nice gifts and unique medals.

It should also be mentioned that as part of the marathon "Our Kramatorsk" there is also a race of handbikers for people in wheelchairs, competing in overcoming a distance of 3.5 kilometers.

October

Логотип марафона

  • Official name: Kharkiv International Marathon
  • Venue: Kharkiv (Україна)
  • Distances: 42, 21 and 10 km.
  • Entry fee: from 30 €
  • Date: October 17
  • Coating: asphalt
  • Website: kharkivmarathon.com
  • Certification: Athletics Federation of Ukraine (FLAU)

The marathon in Kharkiv has been held since 2014. The main goal of this running event is to make running more popular in Ukraine, as well as to unite beginners, amateurs and running professionals from all over the country on one running track.

The marathon takes place in the most beautiful locations of Kharkiv through Nauki Avenue, Pushkinska, and Sumska streets. Athletes also have the opportunity to admire the beauty of the parks named after Shevchenko and Gorky. The race route runs near the city’s landmarks, such as the monument to the mythical Cossack who founded Kharkiv, the Mirror Stream, the Architects ’Square, and the Constitution.

Логотип марафона

  • Official name: Energodar Marathon
  • Venue: Energodar (Україна)
  • Distances: 42 km.
  • Entry fee:
  • Date: October
  • Coating: asphalt
  • Website:
  • Certification:

The marathon in Energodar has been held since 1983. This is an important running holiday for the city's residents, which is annually dedicated to celebrating the liberation of Ukraine from Nazi invaders. Not only professional runners, but also active young people and even retirees, who show unsurpassed results in exhausting races, are used to participating in the Energodar Marathon. Every year the marathon attracts the attention of runners from all over the Zaporozhye region and different parts of Ukraine.

  • Official name: Izmail Marathon
  • Venue: Izmayil (Україна)
  • Distances: 42 km.
  • Entry fee:
  • Date: October
  • Coating: asphalt
  • Website:
  • Certification:

"Golden Autumn" is a full-fledged marathon, which is held annually in Izmail as part of the celebration of the City Day since 2000. The marathon pursues very important goals for the citizens: popularization of short and long distance running among people of different ages and genders, involvement of the general population in regular sports and promotion of a healthy lifestyle among young people. 

  • Official name: Lviv Marathon
  • Venue: Lviv (Україна)
  • Distances: 42 and 21 km.
  • Entry fee: from 5 €
  • Date: October
  • Coating: asphalt
  • Website: newrun.com.ua
  • Certification: Athletics Federation of Ukraine (FLAU)

The Lviv Marathon made its debut recently as part of running events organized by "Nova Poshta" throughout Ukraine. Everyone has the opportunity to take part in the marathon. The marathon is one of a number of races dedicated to honoring Ukrainian cities and instilling love and respect for running and a healthy lifestyle.

Грудень

  • Official name: "Chernihiv-Lyubech" Winter Marathon
  • Venue: Chernihiv (Україна)
  • Distances: 42 km.
  • Entry fee:
  • Date: December
  • Coating: asphalt
  • Website:
  • Certification:

The winter marathon "Chernihiv-Lyubech" is an amateur race, which is arranged by real fans of long-distance running. The organizers of the marathon promise the participants not only unsurpassed emotions and exciting atmosphere, but also a professional level of running with electronic timing, scoreboard and arch at the finish. Pleasant surprises and gifts are also waiting for all participants.



In addition to road marathons held in Ukraine, they are worth noting trail marathons - races that impress with the unpredictability of the trails, difficult running conditions that must be overcome, and unsurpassed natural landscapes.

Логотип трейлового марафона

  • Official name: Black Stones Trail
  • Venue: Kryvyy Rih (Україна)
  • Distances: 42, 21 and 10 km.
  • Entry fee: from 15 €
  • Date: June
  • Coating: trail
  • Website:
  • Certification:

"Black Stones Trail" is a marathon held in the city of Kryvyi Rih and takes place through the incredible landscapes of the "Vyzyrka" reserve. The starting point of the marathon is located on a sandy beach. Athletes will find many winding trails, ascents and descents of varying difficulty. The marathon route will delight with many picturesque corners of the landscape reserve: underground stone tunnels, a grove of thirteen beams, Inguletsky quarry and other unsurpassed landscapes.

A varied marathon route, a unique combination of industrial and natural landscapes, fantastic nature and the sights of the "Vizyrka" Nature Reserve - all this trail marathon "Black Stones Trail" is very interesting for fans of trails.

Логотип трейлового марафона "Irdyn Trail Run"

  • Official name: Irdyn Trail Run
  • Venue: Irdyn (Україна)
  • Distances: 42 and 21 km.
  • Entry fee: from 15 €
  • Date: October
  • Coating: trail
  • Website:
  • Certification:

“Irdyn Trail Run” - the most famous swamp trail race in Ukraine. This event is a great opportunity to test your own strength, running one of the most unique routes that runs through the Moshnogorsky ridge and Idryn swamp. Trail participants have the opportunity to run through forest trails, swamps, the territory of the hydrological reserve and many other unique natural places.

Clay, peat, sand, soil and even shallow ford can be found among the types of coverage of the Idryn Trail route

Логотип трейлового марафона "Red Stones Trail"

  • Official name: Red Stones Trail
  • Venue: Kryvyy Rih (Україна)
  • Distances: 42, 28 and 14 km.
  • Entry fee: from 15 €
  • Date: October
  • Coating: trail
  • Website:
  • Certification:

“Red Stones Trail” is the first full-fledged Kryvyi Rih trail marathon, the route of which passes through man-made mountains on dumps of hollow and overburden rocks. The participants of the trail will find a very interesting and varied route, which passes through industrial landscapes, plantings, beams, dumps and descents into the quarry, red paths and forest paths.

The "Red Stones Trail" is quite difficult because there are many ascents of different levels of difficulty for runners - steep, short and long. Athletes will have to gather on climbs on gravel, stone and hard or soft ground, which adds weight. The descents are also not easy - sometimes sharp dumps have to be overcome on the buttocks. This complex and very powerful Ukrainian trail will give a wild drive and delight with unsurpassed natural and industrial landscapes.