This will be the shortest race of Ultra Trail Stara Planina since the event started in 2013. So far we have avoided shorter distances for the most part but given the fact that “Ultra Kleka” is a great recruiting centre for skyrunners, this will be an oportunity for everyone to step into the world of skyrunning.
Length and height:
There is a total of 12,7 km with 750 m of ascent and descent.
Start of the race
The start is scheduled for June 7th (Sunday) from Jabučko ravnište (Stara Planina Hotel) at 8AM after all the races have been completed. This is a change from the prevoius years.
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 at the first pass. After that you will enter the well-known macadam path leading to Midžor, reaching the first peak – Žarkova čuka from where you will see the magnificent ridge in its full splendour. There you will have the first control point at the 6th km of the race. After that you will go down the same path towards Plaža Restaurant, where the CP2 will be set (8th km). There you will have sweets and water waiting for you after which you will turn towards the mountin lodge. So, 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 volunteers 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).
- Finish – Jabucko ravniste 11AM (3 hours from the start)
Map and profile of the race.
As you can see, the time limit is reasonable, which is a good motive for those enetring the world of skyrunning to take part. However, the path is far from easy for which reason carrying enough water is an obligatory thing.
GPS record of the trail can be downloaded here
Adequate sneakers, rain/wind jacket, cup and properly placed starting number (always visible, frontally placed). 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 use posts, but bear in mind that you cannot leave them at the control points. Skyrunning is not the same as athletics or street marathons. The rules and functioning of these races are quite different, so please inquire with more experienced colleagues. All additional information about the race will be presented through the final e-mail and our race guide (Race Guide 2020). This distance does not require the technical meeting before the race.
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 as well as on Saturday, next day, from 8AM to 11AM. The packages must be collected in person. Also, medical certificate is not necessary for this race.
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. The amount of registration fee is 1.200 RSD (EUR 10). As of February 1, 2020 the amount will be 1.600 RSD (EUR 13).
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 email@example.com within 48 hours after the race. After this time no complaints will be taken into consideration.
Limit: 299 runners at 13 km!
The race will not be scored within the Serbian Skyrunning League for 2020. Neither does it meet the requirements for ITRA/UTMB rating.
For accommodation for all runners at 13 km 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 located 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. We will provide more information in 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 skyrunning festivity and the eighth edition of the race that is not to be missed!
Step into the world of skyrunning, fearlessly and enjoy the beautiful nature of Serbia. This is a distance that anyone can master.
See you at Stara Planina!