10th Saint Nicholas Run
Terme Snovik (Slovenia), Sunday 5 December 2010
This short mountain race in Slovenia is held one day before Saint Nicholas Day, which is celebrated on December 6th in many European countries.
The route is 5.36 kilometres long and features an elevation gain of approximately 300 metres.
The start is at the thermal spa of Terme Snovik, situated in a narrow valley in the foothills of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, around 30 kilometres to the north of Slovenia's capital Ljubljana.
Participants run on asphalt roads, dirt roads and trails.
The finish line is at the church of Sveti Miklavž (Saint Nicholas), which stands at an elevation of 750 metres on top of a wooded hill.
Although Saint Nicholas' develish companion Krampus (Slovene: parkelj) is usually around as well, rattling his long chain and frightening runners to death, the atmosphere is fine. Runners get snacks and drinks at the finish, and also free entry to the warm pools of Terme Snovik after the race.
In 2009, the winners were Peter Letnar (22:22) and Mateja Šimic (25:57).
Venue (Map): Terme Snovik (Kamnik 9km, Ljubljana 32km, Maribor 102km)
Date: 5 December 2010 (Sunday)
Race distance: 5.36km (+295m); children 1.41km (+90m)
Start time: 10.00
Start: Terme Snovik (the children's race starts higher up the course)
Finish: Church of Sv. Miklavž
Entries: on the day 8.00-9.30
Entry fees: 10 EUR; children 5 EUR
You get: transport of personal clothing to the finish (at 9.30), T-shirt, snacks and drinks after the race, prize raffle, free entry to the thermal pools of Terme Snovik
Prizes: prize money or practical prizes to the first 5 M/F; medals to the first 3 in each category
Award ceremony: 12.30 at the finish
Number of finishers 2009: 193 and 36 children
Event website: www.sd-smartno.si
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