Claudiu Gorgan: Run Like It’s Your Last Time!

Grow Your Wings! Be a Legend in Transylvania! Share your story!

The 8th edition of the Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca International Marathon brings forth all those who constantly overcome their own limits through personal effort, dedication and training. It is about those living legends who literally walk among us, motivate us and encourage by their own example! Today we unveil Claudiu Gorgan’s inspiring story.

Often described as an explosion of energy, Claudiu emerged through discipline and sportsmanship to become the first Romanian runner on the podium at Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon, ranked 3rd at the 2017 marathon race! Military in the Romanian Army, aged 27, Claudiu Gorgan has already ran 22 international marathons, he is a national champion and medal winner of many competitions, and he has recently qualified for the European Ultra Championships. All these turn Claudiu into a living example of performance and of pushing his own limits!

He began running at 12, willing to make something different. Slowly, the marathon became something more for Claudiu Gorgan: “a way that makes you feel alive.” He continues describing the experiences that some of us have lived during a marathon run: “I felt disappointment, I felt joy and happiness…. I felt the sky falling down on me! Everything one can feel in this world is somewhere inside us and you can feel that during a marathon race!”

Cluj International Marathon – A Race Close to My Heart!

“My first Cluj International Marathon was quite a strange start in my Marathoner path” – recalls Claudiu while smiling, now a two times medal winner at this contest. Having just ran one marathon in 2011 in Bucharest, Claudiu was transferred in the running team attending the Cluj marathon in order to complete it. It was a lucky event though, as this marathon had a powerful impact on him. In those days I knew only that one guy had run a 42 k race for the 1st time in his life and he died just after. This story of someone running his last breath impressed me a lot. I ran the Cluj marathon guided by my Professor and I did well! I remember being encouraged by many people from Cluj as they knew me from Babeș Sports Park… I used to train in this beautiful park in Cluj-Napoca! I did manage to rank 4th in 2011 and got a medal since the first 5 were awarded a prize. Since then, Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon is the race close to my heart! It is beautiful to run at home, to be encouraged by friends and to prove that all these training years and hundreds of kilometers I ran were not in vain.” – tells us Claudiu with enthusiasm.

Passion. Dedication and Perseverance.

Anyone who gets to speak with Claudiu about running, about training and motivation, will discover an authentic person who simplifies things when many try to get them complicated. In order to know your own limits and to discover your own resources of energy and motivation, it is important to explore, to put yourself in the mood of making things happen.

I have just finished a 24 hours ultra-marathon during which I ran 178 km. I tried to prove to myself that I am capable of running for full day and I did it!…. What’s more, I managed to qualify for the European Championships! This race actually made me love running even more! – states Claudiu about his most recent achievement.

Claudiu Gorgan’s Message to Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca International Marathon 2018 Runners

“Run Like It Is Your Last Time!!” – Simply and to the point. When you fully commit to the race it means you give all your best that moment. Life makes sense.

Thank you Claudiu for inspiring us and making us believe that everything is possible! Fingers crossed and see you at the START!


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