14th International Žumberak Race
The long descent to the finish in Sošice
This hilly 15.5km road race in Croatia takes you from the village of Radatovići to the village of Sošice. The event has attracted many runners from neighbouring countries, although it's held in a remote corner of the thinly populated Žumberak hills. Sošice is just about 70 kilometres from Croatia's capital Zagreb but you will feel far away from civilization.
From the pilgrimage centre of Krašić it's a 20km uphill drive on a narrow and twisty road to the venue in the Žumberak, an area of steep hills and gorges, woods, vineyards and small plots of corn and pasture. Make sure you have a decent road map.
Sošice is at an elevation of 559 metres, very close to the Slovene border. The village is well known for its two Catholic and Greek Catholic churches standing side by side.
On the bus ride from Sošice to the start you will see the course - an endless up and down through forests and small fields. The route is quite tough and features several substantial hills. It offers some marvellous views of the Žumberak, and all runners will be awarded with a warm meal at the village inn.
In 2008, the winners were Bosnia's former Olympian Đuro Kodžo (53:19) and the 21-year-old Hungarian Anissa Badis (1:02:48).
Venue: Sošice (Novo Mesto 57km, Zagreb 72km, Ljubljana 128km)
Date: 5 September 2009 (Saturday)
Distance: 15.5km; children 0.2-1km
Start: 15.00 in Radatovići; children: 14.30 in Sošice
Entries: on the day in Sošice (until 13.45)
Entry fees: 60 HRK (ca. 8.20 EUR)
You get: bus service from Sošice to the start (at 14.00), a warm meal, T-shirt, medal
Free bus from Zagreb: at 11.00 from the car park behind the Cibona tower in Andrašecova street
Prizes: New Balance vouchers to the first 10 men and 6 women (the New Balance shop in Zagreb will be open on the day of the event until 21.00); souvenir to the first 3 in the categories
Showers and changing facilities: yes
Number of finishers 2008: 123
Event details (in Croatian): 14. međunarodna "Zumberačka utrka" (Word)