May 4, 2018 Health and family

Running for Your Life in the City

The fashion for running is sweeping Belgrade – and here are our favourite five runs for you to get in shape.

Running is becoming increasingly popular in Belgrade, with as many as 28,000 competitors taking part in the races during the Belgrade Marathon in April this year. Photo: Beta

Srdjan Garcevic

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In line with global trends, health-conscious Belgraders are increasingly turning to running to burn off their excess bureks and cevaps before the summer.

More and more Belgraders are joining running teams, such as Belgrade Urban Running Team and Belgrade Running Club, and the number of races in the city is growing.

This year’s most notable addition will be the BEG5KRunway, a five-kilometre midnight sprint on the airport runway, which is on June 3.

To help you get on track, here are five of our favourite running paths in the city.

Tasmajdan [500 metres, tartan track]

Probably the most convenient option for those living in the city centre is the 500-metre tartan track in Tasmajdan Park, with lovely views of St Mark’s Church. The good news is that the track is in good condition, goes through a shaded part of the park and has a decent slope. Those who want to stretch or do pull-ups can make use of the gym next to it, which also offers great views over Tasmajdan Stadium.

The bad news is that it tends to get crowded in the afternoons. You should also watch out for inconsiderate parents who allow their children to play on the track – so best consider it in the evenings, or the early morning.

Ada Ciganlija [7.7 kilometres, paved]

This circular track around Belgrade’s favourite artificial lake is a good choice for hot summer days, as you can take a dip in the lake to cool off after your run. While the main track allows you to cover a decent distance without feeling like you’re trapped on a hamster wheel, those who like to explore further can use many paths from the main circuit.

The only downside is that the track can be unbearably busy at weekends. You should also prepare to dodge waiters from the cafés lining the lake’s shore. The track is mostly flat, which is great for beginners, but limiting for those wanting uphill runs.

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Belgrade Insight to be integrated into Balkan Insight

After a 265 issue run, Belgrade Insight, BIRN’s bi-weekly Belgrade-focused English-language newspaper, printed its last paper edition on Friday 21 December, 2018. 

In its decade-long life since 2008, Belgrade Insight sought to bring quality journalism to its readers and subscribers.

Belgrade Insight covered political and economic developments in Serbia, but also told stories about people, businesses and events which shaped a unique and multi-faceted city like Belgrade.

In addition to detailed analysis and coverage of political, economic and business affairs, Belgrade Insight provided its readers with everything that expatriates, short-term visitors and local residents need to know in order to enjoy this great city.

It the past decade, it saw many changes in Serbia’s political and cultural climate: from the deep recession of early 2010s to Serbia’s candidate status in the EU, through Belgrade’s first Eurovision song contest and re-opening of city’s museums.

Although Belgrade Insight will no longer be printed, BIRN journalists and associates will continue their coverage of Belgrade and Serbia through the Balkan Insight website.

For any questions or refunds contact Snezana Caricic (snezana.caricic@birn.eu.com)