The characteristic setting of the Zasavje region, marked by the coal-mining industry, demands that runners undertake their race equipped with headlamps and helmets, which puts this event aside from all other running races. Half of the course will run on the surface of one of the historically most important coal-mining regions of Europe. The race starts in the Euro park in Zagorje ob Savi, following the regional road over the Slačnik pass, continues by passing by the Trbovlje Thermal Power Plant and enters the Trbovlje-Hrastnik coal-mining pits, emerging on the surface in the Hrastnik community. The 10k race ends here. The 21k race continues by returning to Trbovlje on the surface by climbing the hill between the two communities, descending through the Trbovlje valley and re-entering the mine pits to reach the finish line in Hrastnik.
The first Miners’ Marathon ever took place in May 2016. It was organised in cooperation with the Trbovlje-Hrastnik Coal Mine and sponsored by the Eles company. The second edition of the event took place in april 2017. It welcomed 119 runners from all around Slovenia, including 38 women and 81 men.