Renato Lešnik

Nova Gorica

Renato Lešnik from Nova Gorica, is 48 years old, and a big fan of sports, I have been running for 15 years, but before that I actively played basketball.

After many half-marathons and marathons, I learned about the mountain marathon in Podbrdo, which became very close to my heart. To this day, I am a multiple participant at GM4O, and in 2015 I also finnished the UPT-100 for the first time.

In 2012, as a member of the Slovenian national team, I took part in the world championship in the mountain marathon in Switzerland.

Today I am engaged in so-called trail running or simply running in nature.

It certainly means the most to me that, for the third year in Nova Gorica, I have been transferring my running experience to the running group "Slow but Daring", which is gathered around me. These are people between the ages of 35 and 60, who followed me literally from the couch to the nature and got realy excited about outdoor recreation. There are about 20 people in the group, and almost all of them have covered the distance of a small marathon to date, naturally with a smile on their face. During this time, I also obtained the title of "recreation trainer" at the Sports Union of Slovenia for independent work in the field of sports.

I would advise everyone to engage in that form of recreational sport that makes them happy and fills their lives. There is no point in running or cycling just because someone else is doing it. Listen to yourself; someone likes walking, another likes running, cycling, movement in nature. It is important to forget about everyday problems, which our lifes are full of!

If you decided to spend a day in nature and in great company, I would say that you simply have to be there at the Podbrdo trail running festival, which will take place in 2016.

Perhaps, in the end, I would like to share with everyone a thought that has followed me throughout my sports career.

"Happy are those who have dreams, and even happier are those who are willing to work hard to make those dreams come true."