The shortest race of the Ultra Trail Stara Planina has been transformed. Total of 36 km with 2,400 m of ascent and descent. Start of the race is planned for June 1, 2019 (Saturday) from Jabučko ravnište (Stara Planina Hotel) at 7 AM together with the races of 57 and 94 km. This is a change from the previous year: a joint start. The course leads you up the ski trail across Babin zub and at the very start you will have 2,5 km of ascent. The descent also follows the ski trail by the Plaža Restaurant. There is no control point here anymore, but you can take water here (no refilling allowed).
After that you will enter the well-known macadam path leading to Midžor, but at 2 km before Midžor turn left (opposite the peak, there will be a person from the organization, as was common during the previous years, at the 8th km of the race). At that turning now there will be refreshments – fruit, chocolate and water (no refilling). Then you go down to Vučje jame where a special control is set at the 10th km from the start. Go to the saddle where a person from the organization will be waiting for you to record your passing. From there on follow the narrow border path towards Midžor, going from one border pillar to another along the way.
CP1 will be at the Midžor peak with chip verification as control. Continue along the new path that descends from Midžor along the ridge for 8km and 1,400 m of descent directly to Topli Do. At the village of Topli Do CP2 will be set (21st km of the race). There everything will be set as for the runners of ultras – convenience food, water refill, drop bag, massage. Following the well-know macadam path go back towards Babin zub by Plaža restaurant that will now serve as CP3 with water and fruit at 31st km from the start. From CP3 there is about 5 km to the finish line (across Babin zub again) – Jabučko ravnište (Stara Planina Hotel).
CP2 – Topli do 12PM (5 hrs from start)
Finish – Jabučko ravnište 4PM (9 hrs from start)
ITRA rating: 2 points, mountain 9. Profile, map and details can be found at https://tracedetrail.fr/fr/trace/trace/66467
As you can see, the time limits are reasonable, which sets the motive for the runners who enter the world of skyrunning to take part. The path is far from easy for which reason carrying enough water and food is an obligatory thing.
Required equipment: survival blanket, rain/wind jacket, mobile phone, cup and whistle. Penalties of 30 mins will be applied if any of these is missing. If two or more items are missing, the disqualification will follow. We recommend that you have poles, but bear in mind that you cannot leave them at the posts. We strongly recommend that you have GPS with the route of the race recorded! You must be semi-autonomous (water, gels, etc.).
All additional information regading the race will be laid out in the final e-mail and during the technical meeting on Friday, May 31 at 9:30 PM at Stara Planina Hotel (one of the conference halls).
You can get your starting package at the race office at Stara Planina Hotel on Friday, May 31 from 3 PM to 11 PM. The packages must be picked up in person. Medical certificate is obligatory for this race, no older than one year. GPS record of the trail can be downloaded here.
Applications are open from Friday, October 5, 2018 from 11 AM until Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 4 PM (the payment has to be made up to this time). Within the participant package the runner will get a unique finishers medal and original “ultra kleka“ buff if the registration fee is settled up to January 15. After that time an active T-shirt will be part of the package instead of the buff. The amount of registration fee is 3,000 RSD (EUR 25).
Applications can be submitted through trka.rs portal, as usual. Bus with the participants (45 seats) will operate as it did the year before. Anyone who pays the registration fee and wants to be on the participants bus will have to pay extra 1,500 RSD at the same payment reference number. Therefore, the same day you decide to pay the registration fee, you can book your seat on the bus immediately with another payment. The bus leaves on May 31, at 4 PM from Kombank arena parkin lot. It will be taking the participants back on Sunday at 11:30 AM in front of Stara Planina Hotel.
Those who do not make the extra payment within the registration fee, will not be included in the bus list.
Each participant must wear their starting number in the visible place, on the chest or on the belt, frontally. It can be on the jacket or shirt, but must not be covered by jacket! The loss of the starting number means automatic disqualification. If the need for complaints arise, contact as at firstname.lastname@example.org within 48 hours after the race. After this time no complaints will be taken into consideration.
Limit: 299 runners at 36 km!
The race will be scored within Serbian Skyrunning League for 2019 in the format of sky classic. Each race on the Ultra Trail of Stara planina carries 50% more points in the 2019 season.
For accomodation for all participants in 36 km race we recommend the mountain lodge near Babin zub at Jabučko ravnište (4 km from the start), Stara Planina Hotel, private houses or a camp, which is just above the start in the forest. If you decide to stay at the mountain lodge Šum at Crni vrh village, you willl have to provide yourself with a vehicle since the lodge is 10 km away from the start/finish of the race. If you choose the camp, note that the end of May may be quite fresh at that height, so bring your winter equipment. We will provide more information in January in our new race guide.
Link for weather forecast – https://www.yr.no/place/Serbia/Other/Babin_Zub/long.html
Link for live tracking of runners remains the same and will be updated with the new event in due time – https://staraplanina.livetrail.net/
Awards ceremony: Stara Planina Hotel, Sunday, June 2 at 10:30 AM at start/finish gate. In case of bad weather, the ceremony will be held in the hotel hall. The first three places in both categories, men and women, will receive the awards. From 2019 we will introduce age categories, as well.
Get ready for the seventh edition of the race you can’t afford to miss! See you at Stara planina!
P. S. Just in case