2013 ZAGREB MARATHON, CROATIA: 3:52:46 (2013-10-13)


Race report:


Capital: Zagreb

Population: 4,27 million

Currency: Kuna (HRK)

Famous people from Croatia:

Branko Lustig (film producer), Janica Kostelic (skier), Goran Ivanisevic (tennis), Blanca Vlasic (high jumper), Zvonimir Boban (soccer)

Fun facts about Croatia:

Zadar, the seaside town in Dalmatia holds the title of the best sunset in the world, according to Alfred Hitchcock. Quoted as saying ‘Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world, more beautiful than the one in Key West, Florida’.

The necktie, worn by business people around the world, is from Croatia. The cravat as it was named originated from Croatian soldiers who served as mercenaries for the King of France.

Croatia has 1246 islands, isles and inlets for you to sail through. Just 48 of them are inhabited.

DNA tests have proven that the yummy Zinfandel grape variety originates from Croatia.

The world’s first pipe organ that is played by the sea’s rhythmic waves is in Zadar, on the Dalmatian Coast.

Croatia has a leaning tower in Istria. The belfry in Završje is 22 meters high and is tilted 40cm to the north.

You know the movie 101 Dalmatians? Well here’s a fun fact about Croatia, that breed of dog is from the region of Dalmatia in Croatia.

Croatian coins are named after a lime tree. The Kuna is divided into 100 lipa, which is the Croatian name for the linden lime tree.

If you give birth on a Jadrolinija ferry from Hvar, your child will get free travel on the ferry for life.

Croatia enjoys 2,715 hours of sunshine a year. That’s more than Sydney, Australia.

The Mag Light was invented by a Croatian named Maglica

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There are plenty of inexpensive accommodations in the beautiful Croatian capital. I stayed three blocks from the railway station at the very nice Hostel Temza. A newly opened hostel with great facilities and a very welcoming staff.