October 27th 1996 was not an ordinary day for the city of Ljubljana. This came to light much later on in time, but on that day the seeds that were planted sprouted very successfully and began to grow into something more than anyone could have imagined. Those who had been striving for it for many a years, knew the role of marathon events in big cities, and therefore could imagine that the Ljubljana Marathon had the potential to eventually grow into something big. On that beautiful Sunday morning on October 27th, 673 runners overtook the roads of Ljubljana for the first time.