We awoke to beautiful clear skies yesterday. It was the perfect weather to enjoy a morning and afternoon in Korcula Town tasting wild asparagus and cheering on the competitors of the Marko Polo Triathlon.
The event started with the local children taking part in relay running races. It’s lovely to watch the children getting involved.
Next up, we headed to the food stand where teenagers from the local school helped and prepared various traditional dishes with the main ingredient of the event: wild asparagus. There were two tasty pasta dishes, one creamy & one tomato-based, using the traditional rolled pasta from the island “makaruni”. Scrambled egg and hard boiled eggs with asparagus (the perfect accompaniment), lightly fried filo pasty with tasty fillings and a selection of home-made cakes, locally called cukarin, were also happily devoured by locals and tourist alike, who were all out to enjoy the sunny day and the triathlon.
With some time before the main event starting, we took a quick walk around the Old Town (well, as quick as possible with a 16 month toddler wanting to walk up and down every step and wave at every passer-by!).
Then it was time for the triathlon to get under-way. It is split into 3 categories – sprint, super-sprint and Olympic, each covering a slightly different distance swimming, cycling & running and internationally open to amateurs and professionals. This is the 5th year it has been held on Korcula Island.
Huge congratulations to everyone who took part in the event and massive thanks to all the organisers behind the Marko Polo Triathlon and the Asparagus Festival. I really love days like this in the town when everyone is out having a great time!