PHOTOS: Over 1,000 people take part in Croatian Walking Festival in Lika
- by croatiaweek
- in Sport
LIKA, 9 September 2019 – The 2nd edition of the Croatian Walking Festival has taken place over the weekend in Lika with 1,107 participants from seven countries exceeding organisers expectations.
In the host towns of Gospić and Otočac, more than twice as many people as least year walked the Tesla and Gacka routes, discovering the natural and cultural beauties of Lika.
Not even the bad weather forecast would deter the festival participants who arrived from all over the world and were of all ages. The oldest participant this year was over 70 years of age, whilst the youngest was pushed through the routes in a pram.
Participants walked three routes -10+ 20+ and 30+ kilometres on the Tesla route in Gospić on Saturday, before moving to Otočac to the Gacka route which consisted of three routes 10+ 20+ and 30+ kilometres.
The impressions of the participants were excellent and the organisers made sure that they lacked nothing, with refreshments and assistance in case of injuries waiting at all checkpoints.
In May the Walking Festival started the process of joining the World Walking Federation (IML) and has the status of a candidate. The festival this year was visited by a IML representative. Organisers have already begun preparations for the festival in 2020 when even more international ands local participants are expected.