This is the toughest race and the trail that is in the process of entering the Skyrunning World Cup. A true sky race containing the sections where 4x4 technique is the only option. Technical sections and long climbs. Think carefully, this is a real challenge, tough time limits await you.
Length and height:
There is a total of 33,6 km sa 2.300 m of ascent and descent.
Start of the race
The start is scheduled for Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 8AM from Jabučko ravnište (Stara Planina Hotel) one hour after the races at 64 and 99 km.
The path 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 any more. After that you will enter the ski trail that leads downwards to the left, vertically. At the end of the ski trail Konjarnik you will come out onto the asphalt but will turn to the forest immediately. There will be a spring at this section, our advice is to use it. Exiting the conifer forest you will come to a pass from where you will have a magnificent view of Žarkova čuka, Dupljak and very steep slopes. You go down to Kozarnica where CP-1 will be set at the 8th km (limit here is 9:45AM). Continue along the macadam path that will at some point turn into goat paths and meanders between conifers. The longest climb is ahead of you (960 m of ascent) after which you will reach Žarkova čuka where CP-2 will be set (12th km). There you will have water. The time limit is 11AM (3 hours from the start). From there, take the macadam road to Midžor and then turn left, onto the goat path to Vučje jame. From there you go to the peak of Dupljak (the only peak over 2,000 mamsl, besides Midžor) where you will come across a slightly more difficult terrain with rocks. At Dupljak (2.034 mamsl) CP-3 will be set at the 18th km of the race. No water or refreshments there. Control point only! Limit here is 12:30PM – 4 hours and 30 min from the start. After that you will go down again towards Vučje jame approaching Midžor from the Bulgarian side, along their border path. After Dupljak there is a harsh and serious climb in front of you. CP-4 will be set at Midžor (2.169 mamsl) at the 23rd km. Water, fruit and sweets will be waiting for you at 24.5 km. No refill. From there you will go down to Žarkova čuka and Plaža by macadam road, where CP-5 will be set at the 29th km. The time limit here is 3:15PM – 7 hours and 15 min from the start. At CP-5 – Plaža you will have water and sweets. You will then turn to the mountain lodge. So, you do not go down the ski trail that you came by. By the way you will come across a spring where you can refill (reccommended if the weather is hot). Very soon you will come to an asphalt road and a parking, follow the markings (there will be a “live crossroad” as well with volunteeers directing you further) just above the hotel and the lodge. You go straight through the rocky groove of Babin zub, where you will have a minor technical section. Once you reach the top you will see the finish (hotel) so just go up the ski trail to the finish gate of Jabučko ravnište (Stara Planina Hotel).
- CP-1 – Kozarnica 9:45AM (1 hour and 45 min from the start)
- CP-2 – Žarkova čuka 11AM (3 hours from the start)
- CP-3 – Dupljak 12:30PM (4 hours and 30 min from the start)
- CP-5 – Plaža 3:15PM (7 hours and 15 min from the start)
- Finish – Jabučko ravnište 4PM (8 hours from the start)
Map and profile of the race.
ITRA raiting (2 points, mountain 9). The race profile, map, further details
GPS record can be found at the following link – https://tracedetrail.fr/en/trace/trace/92677 As you can see the time limits are serious – this race is harder than the one at 36 km in 2019. Make sure you bring plenty of water and food with you. ovde. Kao što vidite, limiti su ozbiljni, staza je teža od one na 36 km 2019. godine. Obavezno nositi dovoljno vode i hrane sa sobom.
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 itmes are missing, the disqualification will follow.
We recommend that you have poles, but bear in mind that you cannot leave them at the control points. We strongly recommend that you have GPS with the route of the race recorded! You have to be semi-autonomous (water, gels, etc.). All additional information about the race will be presented in the final e-mail, our race guide (Race Guide 2020) and during our technical meeting that will be held on Friday, June 5, 2020 at 8PM at Stara Planina Hotel (one of the conference halls).
Raising starter packs:
You can get your starting package at the race office at Stara Planina Hotel on Friday, June 5, 2020 from 3PM to 11PM. The packages must be collected in person. Medical certificate is obligatory for this race, no older than one year. Applications are open from Wednesday, August 14, 2019 from 11AM until Monday, May 4, 2020, 4PM (the payment has to be made up to this time).
Within the participant package every runner will get a unique finishers medal as well as a custom buff if the registration fee is settled up to February 1, 2020. After that date instead of a buff, a cotton T-shirt will come as a gift. The amount of registration fee is 3.000 RSD (EUR 25). As of April 5, 2020 the amount will be 4.000 RSD (EUR 34).
Applications can be submitted through trka.rs portal, as usual www.trka.rs.
The minibus for the participants (20 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. So, the same day you decide to pay registration fee you can book your seat on the bus immediately with another payment. The payment purpose – registration fee additional payment. The bus leaves on June 5, at 4PM from Kombank Arena parking lot. It will be taking the participants back on Sunday at 12:30PM in front of Stara Planina Hotel. Those who do not make the additional 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 placed on the jacket or shirt, but must not be covered by the jacket! The loss of the starting number means automatic disqualification.
Should you have any complaints, contact us 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 34 km!
Trka će nositi bodovanje u okviru Skyrunning Lige Srbije za 2020. u formatu sky classic. Svaka trka na Ultra Trailu Stare planine nosi 50% više bodova u sezoni 2020. Ova trka je podložna promenama ukoliko dobije sertifikat ISF-a kao i ulaz u svetsku ligu.
For accommodation for all participant in 34 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 just above the start in the forest. If you decide to stay at Crni Vrh village, you will have to provide a vehicle for yourself since the village is 10 km away from the start/finish of the race. If you choose the camp, bear in mind that the beginning of June may be quite fresh at that height, so bring your winter equipment, as well. More information will follow as of January in our new race guide.
- Weather forecast link: 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: www.staraplanina.livetrail.net
Stara Planina Hotel – Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 11:30AM at stat/finish gate. In case of bad weather, the cereony will be held in the hotel hall. The first three places in both categories, men and women, will receive the awards.
Get ready for the eighth edition and a real skyrunning race!
See you at Stara Planina!