Middle distance of the Ultra trail Stara planina starts on Saturday, June 2, 2018. From Jabucko ravniste (Stara Planina Hotel) at 7:30 AM. The course is following the ski trail which takes you over the Babin zub peak and from the very start expect 2.5 km of ascent. Downhill course also follows the ski trail which passes by the restaurant Plaza which was the base of all the races in the previous years. This is the first control point and it has water (CP 1 – Plaza at 4.2 km from the start).
After this section you will proceed to the well-known gravel path leading to Midzor, the highest peak of Stara planina. Control, water (no filling, only limited consummation) and sweets will be waiting at the ruined watchtower just below the trig point at 10.7 km from the start. This is CP 2 Midzor from which you will proceed along the ridge and narrow goat paths stretching above 1800 masl to the majestic peak of Vrazja glava from where you will go right down to Beledje and CP 3. You will have several springs and streams with drinking water along the way. Beledje is at 25.7 km from the start where you will have warm food, drop bags, massage and water (water refill is allowed here).
You will, then, proceed downhill to the village of Topli do and CP 4 at 42.8 km from the start. Control base is just across your track in an old house with a beautiful terrace, the same as every year. You will reach it when you turn right after crossing the bridge located in the centre of the village Topli do (now you can go directly across the little bridge). Be careful, since this is the only control point not located on the track. Of course, there you will have water and food. Water refill is allowed here. After CP 4 a serious ascend is ahead of you up to CP 5 which is at 52.6 km from the start (this would be the second arrival at Plaza restaurant since it was the point of the first control). At CP 5 you will have water and food, and less than 5 km to reach the finish – Stara Planina Hotel / Jabucko ravniste.
- CP4 Topli do 5:30 PM (10 hours from the start)
- Finish Jabucko ravniste 8:30 PM (13 hours from the start)
Required equipment: survival blanket and a whistle. There will be penalties of 30 minutes for those who lack the same. As with every race we recommend that you be semi-autonomous (water, gels, etc.). There is no need for head lamps, while bringing the poles is your own choice, but note that you cannot put them in the drop bags. If you bring them, you have to carry them all the way.
The trail profile can be found here, and the map here. All additional information regarding the race will be presented during our technical meeting on Friday, June 1, at 9:30 PM (one of the conference halls).
You can get your starting package at the race office at Stara Planina Hotel on Friday, June 1, from 5 PM to 11PM. GPS record of the trail can be downloaded here (important points of the race have been inserted as well).
Applications are open from Monday, September 25, 2017 from 11 AM until Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 4 PM. Within the participant’s package runners will get a active T-shirt. The race carries 3 ITRA points for the Ultra trail Mont Blanc (mountain grade 6).
Applications can be submitted through http://trka.rs/race/133/ portal, as usual, while the bus reservation system has been changed. There is a new rule for participant bus reservation and payment in order to enable faster and better organized filling of the same. Anyone who pays a registration fee and wants to be on the participants’ bus will have to pay extra 1200 RSD at the same payment reference number. Therefore, the same day you decide to pay a registration fee, you can book your seat on the bus immediately with another payment.
Those who do not make this 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 a shirt, but cannot be covered with a jacket! The loss of the starting number means automatic disqualification. The loss of the record card also means automatic disqualification. We recommend plastic bags for record cards.
Limit: 199 runners at 57km race!
The race will be scored within Serbia Skyrunning League for 2018 in the format of sky ultra. Each race on the Ultra Trailu of Stara planina carries 50% more points in the 2018 season.
For accomodation for all participant in 57 km race we recommend the mountain lodge near Babin zub (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 Sum 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 beginning of June may be quite fresh at that height, so bring your winter equipment. More information can be found at the page “About Stara planina” at the bottom.
Link for weather conditions – https://www.yr.no/place/Serbia/Other/Babin_Zub/long.html
Award ceremony: Stara Planina Hotel, Sunday, June 3, at 10:30 AM at the 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.
Transport for the participants not going by our bus:
The Tourist Organization of Knjazevac will organize special mini bus lines on Friday, June1 for all the participants who would come by a regular bus line to Knjazevac. So, on Friday there will be two buses leaving from the center of Knjazevac, one at 2 PM and another at 7 PM. The price is 1000 RSD per person and the bus will take you to Stara Planina Hotel (Jabucko ravniste). There must be minimum 10 persons per tour for the bus to be organized. The same applies for Sunday, June 3, except that there will be only one bus at 12PM, in front of the Stara planina Hotel. Contact for reservations Cica Svetozarevic +381 66 50 80 097. Advance payment can be made at the following account 205-9001018165529-44 Komercijalna banka. Please note that you will need about an hour for this drive, so organize your time accordingly. The bus may stop at the mountain lodge Sum, in case you book your accomodation there. For anyone who would like to share costs with people going by their own car, it would be best if you post it on our Facebook event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/135369377001369/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%223%22%2C%22ref_newsfeed_story_type%22%3A%22regular%22%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A%22117%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D
Get ready for the 6th edition! See you at Stara planina!