Running to the top, 13 km

Course description

The start/finish location is situated in the center of Velinovo village. The course starts on the asphalt road in direction of Glogovitsa village. After about 1 km the trail leaves the road and continues to the right on a dirt road through loose forest and meadows. After about 2 km the trail passes by the Saint Elias chapel (Sveti Iliya paraklis). One-kilometer steep ascent to the highest peak of Ezdimirska Mountains – Golemi Vrah (1219 m) begins from there. The trail coincides with the tourist trail (blue marking) to the top. Once on the top, the trail follows a steep rocky descent along its southeastern rib to the valley of the river Pravka. There is a small river crossing that exits on an asphalt road (about 6.5 km from the start). This is where the “Pravka” aid station is located. A steep climb to the top of Gruynitsa peak (1243 m) in Paramunska Mountains follows. This section gains a little over 400 m of elevation only for about 1.3 km. From the top of Gruynitsa peak, the trail goes over the ridge of the mountain. The trail, after a series of smooth descents and ascents, reaches the important “Paramun” junction (1.6 km from Gruynitsa). From there, with a back to the ridge, starts a steep mountain descent to the west (in this section the trail coincides with a tourist trail with yellow markings). After exiting the forest, the trail turns into a dirt road that reaches an asphalt road (about 2.1 km from the “Paramun” junction). Take to the right (north) and after about 1 km you will reach the start / final location in the center of Velinovo village.

Technical Info

Lenght 13 km
Elevation gain and loss +950 m, -950 m
Altitude at start/finish location 840 m a.s.l.
Lowest point 820 m a.s.l.
Highest point 1308 m a.s.l.
Aid stations – 1. Stocked with basic food and water! “Pravka” – at 6.5 km from start and at 6.5 km final.
Time limit 6:30 hours
Race start 29.05.2022 / 09:30 AM

 

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