The town is administrative center of district and municipality with same name. Stara Zagora is the 5th largest city in Bulgaria and is one of the most economically developed in the country, with low unemployment rates and growing foreign investment.
Stara Zagora was founded on the place of the former Roman settlement of Irinopolis. Excavations have revealed precious mosaics, tombs and ruins from those times. A part of a marvellous amphitheatre is still preserved and used for theatre performances. The streets of Stara Zagora today are still following the Roman street plan – they are perfectly strait.
The rich cultural traditions and the spirit of the contemporary creators maintain an artistic atmosphere, which has always gone together with this town as old as its name.
„Run is a way of life" is the motto of the first marathon series in Bulgaria The participants can choose between three distances - the classic of 42,195 km, half marathon 21km and 10.5 km which gives opportunity for everyone to participate in the event. Each participant will receive a t-shirt with the logo of the marathon and a medal if finishing successfully.
The start of the Stara Zagora marathon, the half marathon and 10.5 km race will start in front of Stara Zagora Municipality. The route continues along the bul. Nikola Petkov. Near the “Metro” store the participants will make a U-turn and on the same route are directed to the Municipality. The distance of one lap is 10.5 km.