Ultra Marathon Logar Valley
This is a popular road running event in the Alps with races of 75km, 42km, 27km and 17km, held every year on the first Saturday in September.
All races finish in the wonderful Logar Valley, a 7km-long and 250m-wide glacial valley framed by steep mountains of over 2,000m.
The 75km ultra marathon starts in Celje, Slovenia's third largest city with a population of 48,000. The scenic route travels upstream along the River Savinja deep into the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. The shorter races start in different villages en route.
The course is mildly uphill with an elevation gain of a bit more than 400m to the picture-postcard finish at an elevation of 700m. Along the way there are 15 feed stations with drinks and fruit, and three times with soup.
In the ultra marathon 2008, which saw a very international field, Antje Krause from Germany took victory in 6h51min. Stanislav Ilar from Slovenia won the men's race in 5h41min.
Venue (Map): Celje - Mozirje - Ljubno - Luče - Logarska dolina
Date: 5 September 2009 (Saturday)
Distance: 75km* (Celje - Logarska dolina); start 6.00 on "Trg celjskih knezov"
Distance: 42km (Mozirje - Logarska dolina); start 9.00 in Mozirje (Mozirski gaj botanical garden)
Distance: 27km (Ljubno - Logarska dolina); start 10.30
Distance: 17km (Luče - Logarska dolina); start 11.30
Finish: Logarska dolina, Penzion "Na Razpotju"
* You can quit the race with timekeeping in Mozirje (33km) or in Luče (58km).
Entries: advance entries online until 31 August 2009, payment by bank transfer (foreigners can pay the entry fees on the day); late entries until 1 hour before the start
Entry fees (17km, 27km): 15/20 EUR (until 31 August / late entries)
Entry fees (42km): 20/25 EUR
Entry fees (75km): 25/30 EUR
Race centre: Taborniško Društvo Celje, Gledališka ulica 2, Celje (near the hotel "Turška mačka") on Friday from 14.00 to 21.00 and Saturday from 4.30 to 5.45; you get your race number in the race centre or in Mozirje, Ljubno or Luče one hour before the start
You get: finisher T-Shirt, medal, a present, lunch, massage (in Ljubno, Luče and Logarska dolina), transport of personal clothing to the finish, bus service from Celje to the start in Mozirje, Ljubno and Luče (at 7.00), bus service in the afternoon back to Celje
Prizes (75km): first 6 men and 3 women; first 3 in the categories
Prizes (17km, 27km and 42km): trophies to the first 3 M/F
Presentation: 16.00 at the finish
Number of finishers 2008: 605: 283 (17km), 70 (27km), 33 (33km), 62 (42km), 17 (58km), 140 (75km)
Event website (in English, German and Slovene): www.drustvo-maratoncev-celje.si
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