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Deadline: February 15th 

Enjoy audio books! Be active!

The main activity of KROKODIL Association’s new project Audio-Marathon*: Reading while Running is the preparation program for the Belgrade marathon while listening to audio books*.

Audio-Marathon is a unique project which connects culture and physical activity. Be one of the ten runners who will, with the help of audio books, prepare for their first race or their new personal record on one of the races (5k, 7k, 21k, 42k) on the Belgrade marathon, scheduled for  May 16th 2021.

During the three months of preparations, the participant will take part in a runner’s only book club, which will combine running, audio books and narration. During their training, the runners will listen to one audiobook a month, which they will discuss in a separate meeting with other participants of the program. Besides the selected audio books which the participants will get within the project, the runners are encouraged to individually listen to other literary audio programs about which they can talk about in the meetings.

From the beginning of testing, a team of highly professional trainers and nutritionists will be working with the runners: Ivan Čurović, Nemanja Marković, Jovan Jovanović and Vera Radojević, as well as writer Vladimir Arsenijević who will be leading the monthly book club.

KROKODIL Association’s newest project Audio-Marathon*: Running while Reading is part of the European project BE (P)ART GROW WITH ARTS, which is being realized with partner organizations from Spain, Belgium , and Hungary: PEN Català, UC Limburg, Szepirok Tarsasaga Egyesuleteuc i Fundación Uxio Novoneyra. The focus of activities in this three-year project is bringing literature closer to younger people because of its key role in understanding the world, developing critical thinking and the skill of creatively solving problems, as well as the beneficial influence of reading and physical activity on mental health.

Having this in mind, with this project we will introduce in Serbia the practice of listening to audio books while running recreatively and the synergetic effect of reading, I.e. listening to books and physical activity on physical and mental health. The goal is to develop interest in runners and fans of sport for the world of literature, so they enrich their trainings with audio books, and to present the benefits of physical activity to young writers and fans of literature. Many well know writers who are at the same time recreational runners, such as Haruki Murakami, Ante Tomić, Srećko Horvat, Vladimir Arsenijević, Nebojša Lujanović and many others, are witnesses to the connection between these two fields.

For the application, please send your contact information, as well as a few sentences about why you are applying to this program. The email with the subject Application to the Preparation program, send to office@krokodil.rs. If you have any additional questions please contact us via our email:  office@krokodil.rs.

*Participation on the program is free of charge for all participants. Read more about the program here.

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