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Walk Along the Wire starts in Ljubljana

A three-day annual commemoration of Ljubljana's liberation after the Second World War will commence on Thursday with first hikers embarking on the 35-km circular trail which runs where the Fascists wired off the city in February 1942 to stop supplies to the Partisan resistance movement.

People walking

The Walk Along the Wire was included in the register of living cultural heritage | Author Mojca Zorko/STA

The 65th Walk Along the Wire memorial event is one of the biggest recreational sport events in Slovenia, with over 30,000 running or walking the circular trail every year commemorating the 9 May 1945 liberation of the city.

As customary, the first hikers to walk a part of the trail will be kindergarten children today, followed by school children on Friday, while a mass hike as well as the Run of Trios will be held on Saturday.

People of all ages are invited to walk as many kilometres as they wish, while those braving the entire 35km receive a special medal.

The purpose of the walk and runs is to encourage people to be active and healthy, to socialise and to take care of their environment, the municipality said.

Ljubljana was the only European capital during WWII to be wired off with barbed wire fence, with the regime lasting 1,170 days until the city was liberated on 9 May 1945, which is the local holiday in the city of Ljubljana and Victory Day in Europe.

In 2016, the Walk Along the Wire was included in the register of living cultural heritage.

Source: STA