Run in ultramarathon to Logar Valley, cycle to Vršič Pass

Ljubljana, 30 August - Amateur sports events of note this week include an untramarathon ending in the picturesque Logar Valley, a gruelling climb to Slovenia's highest mountain pass on bicycles and the oldest mountain running event in the country.

Logar Valley
Logar Valley
Photo: Tina Kosec/STA

The 33rd Celje - Logar Valley Ultramarathon on Saturday will take the participants from the third-largest town in the country to the picturesque glacial valley in northern Slovenia.

This year the event features a EUR 5,250 prize fund, which will be distributed equally among the first three male and female runners.

The 75-km challenge will start at 6 AM at the Celje fairgrounds, with the first part of the route being slightly different from last year's.

The running festival will also feature three shorter runs, all of them also ending in the Logar Valley - a 42-km marathon run starting in Mozirje, a 27-km run starting in Ljubno and a 17-km run starting in Luče.

Meanwhile, the 39th Rush on Vršič will traditionally take place on the first Saturday in September and will see the participants climb the country's highest mountain pass (1,611 m) on bicycles.

According to the organisers, the event gathers "more than a thousand relentless and dedicated cyclists who are ready to take on the steep and meandering, 12-kilometre long route".

Mountain runners will be able to participate in the oldest mountain running event in the country, as the 24th Ivan Anderle Run on Črna prst takes place on Saturday.

The climb on the Črna prst mountain (1,844 m) will start in Podbrdo in north-western Slovenia. The 6.3-km run with the altitude difference of 1,320 metres features two stations where the participants will be able to refresh themselves.

© STA, 2017