The Košice Peace Marathon is the oldest marathon in Europe and the second-oldest in the world. The first course was held in 1924. The marathon takes place each year on the first October Sunday. The first women's race was held in 1980.
The course is flat, completely asphalted and traffic free, two laps in the historic city center of Košice, Slovakia. The men's course record is held by Kenya's Gilbert Kiptoo Chepkwony, who ran a time of 2:08:33 hours in 2010. The women's record of 2:30:50 hours was set at the 2009 edition by Olena Burkovska of Ukraine.