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World athletics superstars will compete in September at the Brașov Running Festival

World athletics superstars will compete in September at the Brașov Running Festival

Registrations for the mass participation races have started

  • Brașov Running Festival will take place on September 9-10, 2023 and will bring together athletes from the world's elite
  • The event brings to Romania two races dedicated to elite athletes - tRUNsylvania International 10K and European Road Mile 
  • Prize money for the professional athletes exceed $50,000 
  • All mass runners who want to enjoy more than just a running race can register on
  • Over 3,000 runners and tens of thousands of spectators are expected at the most important athletic event of the year in Romania 
  • Top sports competitions and festival conerts in one place – 3 stages and numerous concerts in 2 days 
  • Special runs for children, women on heels and people with disabilities

Brașov Running Festival, the only and first road running competition in Romania that includes  a World Athletics Elite Label certified race, but also the only one of its kind in South-Eastern Europe, launches its third edition and starts registrations. The event will take place in Brașov, in the Coresi district, between September 9 and 10, 2023. It will include races dedicated to mass runners, but also two certified races for elite athletes - tRUNsylvania International 10K and European Road Mile.

„Brașov Running Festival is approaching another edition and we are proud that this event is already becoming a tradition not only for the central area of ​​the country, but also at national level and even for athletes and running enthusiasts from abroad. As in previous years, the star of the competition will be the women's and men's tRUNsylvania International 10K race, where, once again, athletes from the world's Top 20 will line up at the start,”

said Daniel Santa, the race director. 

According to his statements, Brașov Running Festival has become, since the first edition, a relevant event on the world map of athletics.  The Elite Label certification, granted by World Athletics confirms the top level of organization, the competition in Brașov being next to only 20 other such sports events at European level. Also, the event has already put Brașov on the international athletics map for the first time, being a member of AIMS – The Association of International Marathons and Distance Races. 

„The course chosen for the tRUNsylvania International 10K professional race proved to be one of the fastest in the world, placing Brașov Running Festival in 10th place among the road running races in the world in 2022, surpassing famous races such as from New York, Boston, Madrid, Rome, Istanbul or Paris. This aspect makes the event highly desired by the great athletes of the world who want to break new records", said Daniel Santa. 

In fact, in the previos edition, 3 of the 10 fastest 10 km results of all time were achieved in the Brașov race, and the world record in the women's 10 KM event was missed by only 6 seconds. 

This year's event will also include a race dedicated specifically to European professional athletes, on a 1-mile route - the European Road Mile. As in previous editions, the prizes offered to professional runners in the two dedicated races will total more than 50,000 dollars.

As for the mass participation competitions, they will be dedicated to both adults and juniors (restricted to persons born after Jan. 1, 2007) and children (restricted to persons born after Jan. 1, 2010 / 2012). Thus, the first day of the competition, schedules the  juniors and children races, of 3,000 M, 1,200 M and 800 M, as well as a race dedicated exclusively to women (Women's High Heels Race). On the second day of the event, the 5 and 10 KM mass races will take place, as well as the one dedicated to people in wheelchairs.

„Brașov Running Festival is more than a sports competition. It is the place that brings together top athletes, who fight to break records, but also the place where children, young people and amateur adults have the chance to run in a setting organized according to the highest world standards. More than that, the Brașov Running Festival is an opportunity to bring almost thousands of spectators who can take part in concerts and unique activations",

emphasized Daniel Santa.

This year, Brașov Running Festival aims to bring together over 30.000 spectators from the whole country, but also from abroad, and the competition will be able to be watched live all over the world.

Program 09 September

17:30 – Start 3000m juniors – boys

17:30 – Start 3000m juniors – girls

18:30 – Start 800m kids – girls

18:50 – Start 800m kids – boys

19:10 – Start 1200m kids – girls

19:30 – Start 1200m kids – boys

20.30 – Award ceremony - kids

21.10 – Start Elite Road Mile – European professional athletes

21.30 – Outdoor concerts

Program 10 September

09.30 – Start 5000m wheelchair race

10.00 – Start OPEN 5K race

11.00 – Start professional 10K race (B+G)

12.30 – Start OPEN 10K race (B+F)

14.00 – Award ceremony

14.15 – Outdoor concerts

Registrations are already open for mass participation athletes and children who can choose between distances of 5KM and 10KM for adults, 800m, 1200m and 3KM for kids and juniors here:

Professional athletes (elite runners) who wish to participate in the elite races (Brașov tRUNsylvania International 10K, European Road Mile (one mile), BRF 3K juniors or BRF 5K) are asked to send a request to 

You can find more about this year's edition here

You can watch details about how the Brașov Running Festival 2022 took place in the aftermovie here:

About Brașov Running Festival

Brașov Running Festival is an event dedicated to running, organized in Brașov, starting in 2021. It includes an annual 10 km road running race, certified with the World Athletics Elite Label, entitled „tRUNsylvania International 10K”. Beyond this, the competition contains a multitude of other races for mass runners as well as professionals.

The races are run on a loop  course with a length of 3,494 m, using the same finish line, but having starting points that vary according to the length of the competition.

The inaugural 10K race was held on September 26, 2021 and was won by Kenyan runners Peter Mwaniki Aila and Nelly Jepchumba with times of 28:39 and 32:11 respectively. Aila's performance was considered among the top 50 in the world at the time, and Jepchumba's was among the top 30.

The 2022 edition of the race, held on September 25, brought impressive new records. No one ever ran so fast in Romania. Kenyan runners Nicholas Kimeli and Sheila Chepkirui won the 10KM with times of 26:51 and 30:07 respectively. Kimeli's time established him as the fifth fastest 10KM runner of all time, and Chepkirui missed out on breaking the women's only 10KM world record by just six seconds.

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