What the second-world-war hospital and a cycling marathon have in common?
Dr. Franja, of course.
Doctor Franja Bojc Bidovic managed complex of hidden hospital departments built during second world war for treating the injured and seriously ill soldiers and civilians. The complex was named after her, so when the first cyclist tested out the route for what has become Marathon Franja, they quickly decided about the name, when they stopped for a break in front of the hospital Bolnišnica Franja. In 1984, even Ms. Franja herself welcomed the cyclists at the starting line.
Every year the marathon attracts a diverse crowd of cyclists, from amateurs to professionals. The original route is 156 km long and only meant for well-prepared athletes, as it has quite a few dangerous sections. On the route of the Little marathon Franja your path will partially overlap with the main one and while it is »only« 97 km long, it is not a piece of cake either. If you would love to challenge yourself but on shorter distances, the third option is a time trial of 44 or 22 km. Family edition with laid-back route and no ascents, is 22 km long and free of charge.
Join Marathon Franja at the starting line in BTC Ljubljana, June 9 – 11. As Dr. Franja said: »I know it won’t be easy for you, believe me, it wasn’t easy for us either ...«