Saturday 2 October 2021
Held on the wooded Šmarna gora hill in the north-western part of Slovenia's capital Ljubljana, the Šmarna gora Race (Slovene: Tek na Šmarno goro) is one of the world's most prestigious mountain running events.
Up until 2019, it was the final race of the WMRA World Cup, a series of races which attract the best mountain runners on the globe.
You don't need to be an elite runner to take part in the event, however. The Šmarna gora race is open to all athletes aged 16 years or over.
But you should be reasonably fit as the course is very challenging.
Starting in the village of Tacen at the foot of the hill, the route is 10 kilometres long. It features 705 metres of ascent and 350 metres of descent, partly on narrow and technical forest trails. Be prepared for many slippery rocks and tree roots!
Roughly speaking, the route goes approximately 400 metres up, then 300 metres down, and then 300 metres up again.
The finish line is at the monastery which stands on the summit of Šmarna gora and which offers, weather permitting, excellent views of the Alps and of the Ljubljana basin.
Covid-19 update (!):
In 2021, the race will be an up-and-down run. The route will be 11.5 kilometres long with 630 metres of ascent and 630 metres of descent.
Map of the venue (blue: start; red: finish):
42. Tek na Šmarno goro:
- 2 October 2021 (Saturday)
Race report and photos:
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