16th Race up Vršič - "Andrejčkov tek"

Kranjska Gora (Slovenia), Friday 25 June 2010

Vršič mountain pass road, Slovenia (Photo: runinternational.eu)

Every year on 25 June, Slovenes celebrate their Statehood Day with a number of running events all over the country.

A particularly interesting one is the 12k mountain road race up to the top of Vršič, at 1611 metres Slovenia's highest mountain pass.

The start is at an elevation of 810 metres in the ski resort of Kranjska Gora in the north-western corner of the country.

Participants run along the beautiful Vršič mountain pass road with its 24 cobbled hairpin turns and its marvellous views of the Julian Alps. The road was built by Russian prisoners of World War 1, several hundred of whom died in an avalanche in 1916.

The pass road will be closed to traffic, but only for 60 minutes. Most runners will have to put up with at least some cars or motorbikes on the upper sections of the course.

In 2009, only 16 out of 107 participants completed the course in under one hour. The winners were Peter Lamovec (50:02) and Vesna Ražman (1:09:55).

Country: Slovenia

Venue: Kranjska Gora (Villach 23km, Ljubljana 85km, Udine 113km)

Date: 25 June 2010 (Friday, public holiday in Slovenia)

Distance: ca. 12km (+811m)

Start: 10.00 at the restaurant "Oštarija", Borovška cesta 202b, near "Hotel Kompas"

Finish: on Vršič (1611m)

Entries: on the day at the start (8.00-9.45)

Entry fees: 15 EUR

You get: goody bag, transport of personal clothing to the finish (9.45), bus service from the finish to the start (soon after the last runner has finished), a warm meal after the race

Prizes: (?)

Showers and changing facilities: no

Presentation: 14.00 at the restaurant "Oštarija" in Kranjska Gora

Number of finishers 2009: 107

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A hairpin turn on  the Vršic mountain pass road (Photo: runinternational.eu)

The 19th of 24 hairpin turns is at an elevation of 1460 metres.