In ideal weather conditions for runners, the event began with runs for children and teens – depending on their age from 200 to 600m. In each category, the first 6 participants to cross the finish line received diplomas, awards and cups.
This valued fund-raising for the Podkarpacie Hospice for Children, which provides home care for children and teenagers suffering from tumours and incurable diseases, became in this way a community activity. The hospice is the only facility of this type in the region which enables terminally sick children to remain in their homes with their families while being receiving medical care.
The main 5km run included almost 500 participants. The first two runners to cross the finish line in the men’s race were representatives of Kenya, with Smędowski Paweł, a runner from Rzeszów third. In the women’s category, the fastest runner was from Kenya, followed by runners from Moldavia and Poland, showing the international nature of the main event.
Awards for the fastest runners were presented in several age categories. All runners who crossed the finish line were presented with medals featuring the SPAR logo.
The runs were complementary to a programme ‘Athletics for everyone’, managed by the Polish Athletics Association and the Ministry of Sport and Tourism, aimed at making athletics more popular among children and teenagers.