16th Grintovec Mountain Race 2014
Kamnik (Slovenia), Sunday 27 July 2014
The Gorski tek na Grintovec in Slovenia is an extremely challenging uphill mountain race. The 9.8km-long route includes almost 2000m of ascent.
Last year, Azerya Teklay of Eritrea (1:22:14) and Mateja Kosovelj of Slovenia (1:40:09) led a field of 268 athletes across the finish line on the summit of Grintovec (2558m), the highest peak of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps.
Starting at an elevation of 600m in the Kamniška Bistrica gorge (approximately 35km north of Ljubljana), the first half of the race is run on gravel roads and trails through dense forests. Then, competitors run on steep mountain trails and on loose scree through unspoilt and spectacular high-alpine scenery.
There are six aid stations on the course and one at the finish, but there are no facilities on the summit of Grintovec, no roads or cableways, no shelter, nothing but bare rocks. Finishers have to walk back to the mountain hut on the Kokra saddle (1793m) to get their personal clothing, and then they have to walk all the way back to the start area as well — a real challenge after such a gruelling run.
The time limit to finish the race is 2hr 30min. It is not allowed to use hiking poles.
Stunning views from the summit of Grintovec
The mountain hut on the Kokra Saddle (Kokrsko sedlo, 1793m)
Venue (Map): Kamniška Bistrica (13km from Kamnik, 36km from Ljubljana, 95km from Klagenfurt)
Date: 27 July 2014 (Sunday)
Race distance: 9.8km (+1959m); children's races
Start: at 9.00 at the ‘Piknik Center Pri Jurju’ (elevation: 600m)
Finish: on the summit of Mount Grintovec (elevation: 2558m)
Entries: by e-mail (from 15 July up to 25 July 2014); late entries on the day (until 8.00)
Entry fees: € 20 (up to 25 July 2014), € 30 (entries on the day)
You get: a souvenir gift, transport of personal clothing to the mountain hut on the Kokra Saddle, a meal after the race
Prizes: to the first 15 men and 7 women and to the first 3 in each category
Award ceremony: at 15.00 in the start area
Number of finishers 2013: 268 (9.6km); 47 (children's races)
Event website (in Slovene and English): www.kgtpapez.si
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