Ultra Trail Kopren 100 km / 4.000 D+

The longest and most difficult ultra trail race in Serbia is coming back! A combination of old trails at 130 and 94 km! Incredible landscapes, a serious challenge packed at 2,000m above sea level.
We extended it by that one km, to round it off even since we were unable to maintain that distance in 2020 and 2023.
Start of the race:
The race starts on May 25 (Saturday) 2024 from the Jabučka Ravništa (Stara planina hotel) at 7 a.m. in the morning together with the 64 km race.
Trail description:
The path towards Plaža (first 4 km) is the same. You can use water, but no refill on Plaža. After that, you join the well-known macadam track that leads uphill to Midžor, the highest peak of Stara planina where CP-1 is. So, from Plaža, you separate from your colleagues on 64 km who go to Topli Do. Refreshments are available 4 km before Midžor (9th km of the race – water and sweets, no refills, only limited consumption). At that point, you turn left, towards the Vučje jame. You climb the very border Midžor - CP-1 13th km (check point only) and from there you continue along the ridge and narrow goat trails above 1,800 m.a.s.l. all the way to the imposing peak of Vražja glava. On that road, you have springs and streams with drinking water in several places. When you reach Vražija glava, you do not go to Beledje, but continue towards Tri čuke, where a "live intersection" awaits you, and descend towards Međa mountain in Belčin dol, where CP-2 is at the 33rd km. Refreshment awaits you there. You continue towards Arbinje and Dojkinci, there is water on all sides, and you take a clear road to KT-3 Dojkinci on the 45th km of the race. So, just straight, there is no more Sinošćir and you don't climb to Klisura from there. Limit in Dojkinci – 11h from the start. Mountain lodge, drop-bag, massage, hot food, refreshments, and you can go to Ponor (part of the trail where the 130 km runners descended last year), in order to reach the CP-4 Klisura at the 52nd km, where water and sweets await you. There is no more Dabidžin potok, so from Klisura you continue uphill towards Stražna čuka and emerge directly on the Kopren plateau (the trail from the first edition of the 24h Kopren, this is where you will enter the trail, which is a kilometer longer). You pass by Tri kladenca spring, where you can top up, and follow the narrow border path to Tri čuke. There, a "live intersection" awaits you again, you descend for the second time to Belčin dol, where CP-5 is at the 64th km. There is a limit of 15 hours. from the start, you have refreshment again. You go up to Beledje and from there on a wide macadam road to Topli Do, where CP-6 is at the 85th km. The limit is 20 hours from the start. From there you have 10 km to CP-7 on Plaža, where water and food await you (95th km of the race). Another approx. 5 km to the finish line via Babin zub.
Time limits:
CP3 – Dojkinci 18:00 (11 hours from the start) 18:00 (11 sati od starta)
CP5 – Belčin dol 2, 22:30 (15 and half hours from the start) 22:30 (15 i po sati od starta)
CP6 – Topli Do 3:00, Sunday morning, May 26 (20 hours from the start) 3:00, nedelja ujutru, 26. maj (20 sati od starta)
Finish – Jabučko ravnište 6:00, Sunday morning, May 26 (23 hours from the start)
**Important note: At this race you can quit at CP-3, CP-5 and CP-6 (control points with the time limits)!
Race profile and map:
TRA ranking 4 (mountain 6) the race also brings points in the new UTMB system ( https://utmb.world/ ) profile, map, details, GPS track are on the following link for 2024. – https://tracedetrail.fr/fr/trace/trace/238207 https://utmb.world/ ) profil, karta, detalji, GPS zapis su na sledećem linku za 2024. – https://tracedetrail.fr/fr/trace/trace/238207
Required equipment:
Astro-foil, glass, rain/wind jacket, mobile phone, headlamp, GPS device and whistle. Penalties of 30 minutes for not having any of them. If more than two items are missing - disqualification. You must have spare batteries for the GPS device, and if you wear a watch, you must have a power bank in your drop-bag. Learning from the experience of previous years, we are introducing a new rule on the longest distance. If something is missing in connection with the GPS device, there is an automatic disqualification (the watch or the device do not work). Stara planina is unpredictable, there were reports of 10 m visibility range during the day in some sections, let alone at night. When the organizer writes that GPS is mandatory, it means that you know to use it and that it works. There are no longer questions of markings, fog, darkness. Take this seriously, this is a very long trail on a wild mountain with no infrastructure. We recommend trekking poles, but you cannot leave them at the check points. You must be semi-autonomous (water, gels, etc.). It is possible to put a headlamp in a drop-bag for Dojkinci, but you have to carry it afterwards, as the check will be at the finish line. GPS race trek download
All additional information about the race will be presented through the final email and at the technical meeting on May 24, Friday at 9:00 p.m. in the Stara Planina hotel (one of the conference rooms).
Start packages pickup - race office to the Stara Planina hotel on May 24, 2024, Friday from 6 to 11 p.m. Packages must be picked up in person and for this race a medical certificate is mandatory, not older than one year.
Applications open at the beginning of December 2023, and close on Thursday, April 25, 2024. at 4 p.m. (this means that payments must be made by then). In the participant package, the runner receives a unique finisher's medal and a technical racing vest from the renowned Italian company VAM (which is also part of the Italian skyrunning league). The early registration period lasts until January 10, 2024. The registration fee is 9,400 dinars until that date (80 euros). After that date, the registration fee is 11,700 dinars (100 euros).
Applications can be submitted through rka.rs portal. The participant minibus is not organized. trka.rs. Učesnički mini bus neće biti organizovan.
Each participant must wear their starting number in the visible place, frontally. So, between the chest and hips. It can be placed on the jacket or shirt, but must not be covered by the jacket! You must not fold it because the chip will be broken. The loss of the starting number means automatic disqualification. Should you have any complaints, contact us at skyrunning.serbia@gmail.com within 48 hours after the race. After this time no complaints will be taken into consideration.
The recommendation for accommodation for all runners on the 100 km is up on the Jabučka ravnista, near Babin zub in the mountain lodge (4 km from the start), in the Stara Planina hotel, private houses or in the camp above the start in the forest. If you decide to go to the village of Crni Vrh, you must provide your own vehicle, because the village is 10 km from the start/finish of your race. If you choose a camp, it can be cold at this altitude at the end of May, so bring winter equipment.
Weather forecast link – https://www.yr.no/place/Serbia/Other/Babin_Zub/long.html https://www.yr.no/place/Serbia/Other/Babin_Zub/long.html
Award ceremony: Stara Planina hotel, Sunday, May 26, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. at the start/finish gate. In case of bad weather, it will be held in the hotel lobby. The first three places in the male and female categories receive prizes.

The race will be scored within the Skyrunning League of Serbia and Montenegro for 2024. You can find all the information at the following link: https://www.skyrunning-serbia.com/rezultati/. https://www.skyrunning-serbia.com/rezultati/The race will also be the only one from Serbia as part of the Alpe Adria Trail Cup for 2024. More on everything soon. http://alpeadria-trailcup.com
Get ready for the 11th edition, the oldest and most difficult trail race in Serbia! See you at Stara planina!