Run to church
Stahovica - Sv. Primož (SLO), 28 March 2009
A large number of hopeful talents took part in the mountain race up to the pilgrimage church of Sveti Primož which is situated 25km to the north of Slovenia's capital Ljubljana.
Slovenia is a mountainous country. Not surprisingly, mountain running, among many other outdoor sports, is hugely popular. Children start early doing various sports in the mountains, and many of them are organized in clubs and take part in competitions.
In this year's 14th edition of the "Race to Sveti Primož", 49 young mountain runners from 5 to 11 years old crossed the finish line of a short uphill course, and many were awarded fine prizes.
In the main race, a very strong field came together at the start line in Stahovica, a small village that sits at the foot of the impressive mountain range of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps.
The 3.5km route took the runners on clean mountain trails to the pilgrimage church of Sveti Primož, 400m above the start.
At the end, three Peters proved the strongest. Peter Letnar (30) won in 16min 47sec, ahead of Peter Oblak (20) and Peter Kastelic (26).
First woman was the Slovene elite runner Daneja Grandovec (25) in 20min 29sec, trailed by Valerija Mrak (38) and Mateja Šuštaršič (36).
Peter Oblak, Peter Letnar and Peter Kastelic (from left)