20th Race along the Dovžan Gorge
Jelendol (Slovenia), Sunday 22 August 2010
Eight kilometres along a disused railway track in the Alps
The Dovžanova soteska (‘Dovžan Gorge’) in Slovenia cuts deep into the southern slopes of the Karavanke mountain chain which runs along the border with Austria.
It is protected as a natural monument and well-known for its deposits of marine fossils.
The 8-kilometre Tek po Dovžanovi soteski does not run through the gorge, actually. The race travels along a steep wooded valley, but the only way to get there is through the gorge and the spectacular 19th-century road tunnel (pictured below).
The start/finish area is in Jelendol, three kilometres from the road tunnel and six kilometres from the old shoe-making town of Tržič.
Formerly a centre of the timber industry, Jelendol is nowadays a sleepy village with a small football pitch, a boules field and a handful of pretty wooden buildings.
The course is out and back along a dirt road that follows a disused railway track. The first half of the route is mildly uphill with an elevation gain of 50 metres, the second half is downhill.
In 2009, the finishers were greeted with live folk music, snacks and pancakes. The winners were Tone Kosmač (26:31) and Neža Mravlje (32:06).
Race report and photos: 19. Tek po Dovžanovi soteski 2009
The road tunnel through the Dovžan Gorge.
- Jelendol (6.5km from Tržič, 46km from Klagenfurt, 52km from Ljubljana, 172km from Udine)
- 22 August 2010 (Sunday)
- ca. 8km
- children 500/1000/1500m
- 10.00: children
- 10.30: 8km
- on the day 8.00-9.45 (children until 9.30)
- children €4
- families (2 adults, 2 children) €24
- a present and a meal
- children get pancakes
- trophies to the first M/F
- medals to the first 3 in each category
Number of finishers 2009:
- 8km: 166
- children's races: 67
Event details in Slovene:
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