Jul 29, 2014

Searching for Beefcake at the Kosice Peace Marathon

I spent the summer of 2005 in Levoča, Slovakia, teaching "food service management" to sullen Slovak high schoolers. But at least there were a lot of opportunities for seeing beefcake, like side trips to Prague and Vienna, and the water park of Tetralandia

And the International Peace Marathon.

Almost every year since 1924, the town of Košice, about  1 1/2 hours east of Levoča, hosts a marathon.

Plus a half-marathon, a 20 km wheelchair race, a 4.2 km mini-marathon, and many other events for amateur athletes from all over the world.

I didn't actually see the marathon -- it takes place during the first week of October -- but there were preliminary events and practices all summer, in conjunction with the Cassovia Folkfest and the Summer in the Park.

There weren't any naked runners, unfortunately, but a number were shirtless, and in Slovakia there are always beneath-the-belt sights to be admired.

Plus the town, dominated by St. Elisabeth Cathedral,  Košice Castle, and of course, a statue of a naked runner.

See also: Searching for Beefcake at a Slovak Waterpark and A Beefcake Tour of Eastern Europe

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