• Country: Serbia

  • Club: Rotaract club Kragujevac

  • District: 2483

Guided by the vision of how important it is to encourage young people into sports, more precisely into amateur running, Rotaract club Kragujevac came up with the idea, three years ago, to organize a race which was named “October Race to Remember”. October is the most important month for Kragujevac because of the cityʼs cultural heritage and every year at this period City of Kragujevac organizes “October festival” in the memory of innocent victims of the Second World War. Our race is the part of the mentioned “October Festival”. Along with the significance of physical activity and recreational running, the race had the deeper meaning, cultural and historical. Namely, the route passes through memorial park of Sumarice where various monuments are located.

The initial idea was to draw mediaʼs and citizensʼ attention to this event and to acquire funds which would be invested to another activity which promotes sports and which concerns our youngest citizens. That other activity is construction and restouration of elementary school playgrounds. Organizing this race for three year, Rotaract club Kragujevac has acquired necessary experience and brought sports, competitions and health awereness closer to the pupils. We are especially proud of that.

This year, the race took place at October, 8th. The start line as well as the goal of the race was located next to the building of The Memorial Museum 21st October. The route passed through beautiful memorial park of Sumarice, where several monuments are located as well as the most famous one named V3. This monument is the tribute to the executed students and professors who were taken to Sumarice during their class in the Second World War. All money collected would be invested into restauration od the playground of the elementary school “Julijana Catic” that is located near the Kragujevac.

The general impression is that we laid the foundation of one traditional manifestation which is held every year at the most important month for culture and history of our city. This is supported by the fact that every year more and more citizens attend the race because they want to support our idea and the purpose of this manifestation. Citizens of Kragujevac definitly recognized our desire to help our community to develop and at the same time to remind the public of the importance of sport and recreation.

In the end, we want to invite you over to Kragujevac next year to run together for the higher cause.