9th ‘Race to Base 20’
This short mountain race with an elevation gain of 400 metres over a 6-kilometre route takes runners into the Kočevski Rog, a remote protected nature area of pristine forests where one might encounter the odd wolf or bear.
The race starts off in the small village of Podturn pri Dolenjskih Toplicah (Podturn near Dolenjske Toplice), the oldest spa town in Slovenia. Participants run all the way on an asphalt road through the forest. The route features a nice gradual climb and a fast 300-metre sprint finish. For the time of the race, the road is closed to traffic.
The finish is at Baza 20, the political headquarters of the Communist-led resistance movement during World War Two. From April 1943 to December 1944, up to 180 people, including the Yugoslav Partisan leadership under the command of Marshal Tito, lived here well hidden and camouflaged, building bunkers, workshops, schools and hospitals. Twenty-six buildings and huts can still be seen.
A bike race and a walk to Baza 20 are held in the morning before the running event.
In 2009, the winners were Matej Samide (27:16) and Vesna Hedžet (34:36).
- Podturn pri Dolenjskih Toplicah (15km from Novo Mesto, 67km from Ljubljana, 90km from Zagreb)
- 18 July 2010 (Sunday)
- 6km (+400m)
- in Podturn:
- 9.00: bike race
- 10.30: walk
- 11.00: run
- Baza 20 (at an elevation of 600m)
- on the day at the forestry commission in Podturn (until 15 minutes before the start)
- €5 for walkers and for children under 15 years
- transport of personal clothing to the finish
- a meal after the race
- trophies to the first three men and three women
- medals to the first three in each category
Number of finishers 2009:
- 132 runners
Event website (in Slovene):
- www.k2m.si/baza20 (out of date)
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