Tudor Sofron: Results Don’t Just Show Over Night

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

The 8th edition of the Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca International Marathon is dedicated to 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 Tudor Sofron’s personal story.

With a track record of almost 60 competitions, Tudor Sofron from Cluj-Napoca, has run 36 road marathons (4 of which, were finished under 3 h ) and 10 Ironman competitions, with a PB of 10h:01min. For the runner’s community, Tudor, IT consultant in his day to day life, is a living example of perseverance, ambition and dedication!

The 1st edition of the Cluj-Napoca International Marathon, in 2011, was actually Tudor’s 2nd road marathon. “I finished it in 3h:55 min. I recall running the first half of the marathon with a friend by my side, therefore that part passed quite quickly and on the course, even if at the time only a few supporters were present, I had many friends who encouraged me; moreso, I joyfully remember being chased by the camera lens of the mustached photographer from Ziarul Faclia along the 4 laps. Since then, I missed only one edition, that of 2015, when unfortunately the Cluj Marathon was scheduled on the same dates with Rome Marathon. However, that year in Rome I succeeded for the 1st time to finish the 42 km under 3 hours…” shares Tudor with his typical enthusiasm.

Aged 36, Tudor Sofron gives a sense of his presence on the race tracks and in the community with a positive attitude and his personal charm. Should you still doubt your runner potential, Tudor encourages you to follow your dreams and objectives! It all started in 2008 – slowly, with shyness, only with a few park lengths (around 1-1.5km) – and the motivation was to lose my overweight kilograms – the extra 25kg compared to my current weight.” –states Tudor. A little bit later, he runs his 1st marathon (Bucharest, 2010) where he remembers to have run from the 25th km together with a young runner who after undergoing a surgery was informed by the doctors that he would never be able to do sport again. … around km 35 when it started to become difficult I began thinking about his story and that wall we speak so much about felt much easier to overcome.”

Tudor Sofron’s message for all the runners who train and grow their wings for Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca International Marathon 2018 is:

The road to your goal is paved with patience, perseverance and a lot of work and, as in any other areas, results don’t just show over night.”

Thank you Tudor for this inspiring story and we are further cheering for you!


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