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Zagori Mountain Running 20 July 2019

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About

Location

GREECE ZAGORI

Date Start

Sat 20 July 2019

Date Finish

Sat 20 July 2019

Venue

Tsepelovo

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#ST76 introduces the Zagori Mountain Running. Zagori is one of the most distinguishing features in the land of Epirus in Greece. It comprises a special geographical, historical and architectural unity in place and time. The 46 villages with their unique natural beauty and the idiosyncratic mentality of the people preserve this identity in the present.

The Zagori Mountain Running, an integral part of this cultural harmony, offers to the athletes the opportunity to experience through their effort “the place beyond the mountain “.

 

(for more information about Zagori, please visit: http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/mainland/zagorochoria)

 

The leading ultra trail event in Greece and favorite athletic destination awaits to welcome you on 19-21 of July 2019.

When and where does each race start?

  • TeRA 80km starts on Saturday, at Tsepelovo (High school) at 04:30.
  • Marathon+ 44km also starts on Saturday, at Tsepelovo, at 06:00.
  • Half Marathon 21km starts on Sunday, at Kipi (central square) at 08.00
  • Entry Race starts on Sunday, at Kipi (central square) at 09.00

 




TeRA 80 km

TeRA is an ultra trail race of 80km and 5.100m of elevation gain. It starts at 04.30 with total time limit 20hrs, including 4 intermediate cut off points.
The route is as following: Tsepelovo – Avalos – Siadi Migas – Davalista – Dragon Lake – Astraka Refuge – Mikro Papigo – Megalo Papigo – Vikos Gorge – Monodendri – Vitsa – Dilofo – Kipi Kapesovo – Tsepelovo.

Participation limit
200 athletes
Time limit
20 hours

Intermediate cut off points-time
1.Stomiou Monastery: 5hrs after your designated start time (exit from the station)
2. Megalo Pappigo: 9hrs and 30min after your designated start time (exit from the station)
3. Monodendri: 14 hrs and 30min after your designated start time (exit from the station)
4. Kipi: 16hrs and 30min after your designated start time (exit from the station)
5. Tsepelovo: 20hrs and 30min after your designated start time (exit from the station)

The race starts from the High School of Tsepelovo. After passing through the village for 1km, it enters into a dirt road for 3km and after that, on the 4,2km it enters into a trail.
After 6.5km the participants will reach the 1st Refreshment Station, called “STANI” (altitude 1724m, elevation gain +630). On the 9.2km the athletes will be able to see the peak “GOURA” on their right and the Tymfi peak called “KREVATI” on their left.
The 1st Support Station is found on the 11km (2.320m +1315m elevation gain), at the location of “TSOUKA ROSSA” (AVALOS).
The first athletes to reach there will have the rare opportunity to witness the sun rising from the top of the Tymfi Mountain complex, as well as the grandeur of the Aoos gorge down below. The race continues downhill for about 4km until it reaches the location “KATSANOS” (1665m, elevation gain+1375m). From there, the athletes come across with the first steep hill. In less than 650m there is an increase of 250m elevation gain.

On the 19.5km water supplies are provided to the athletes, where they find themselves at the magnificent location “SIADI MIGAS” (1435m +1712m elevation gain). Taking a breath and drinking some water they can admire the “GAMILA” peak in
the southwest among the pine trees that grow on top of huge solid rocks.

After 1.5km, the trail turns into a steep downhill and passes through the dense forest, a shelter as well from weather conditions, until it reaches the location “KALOGERIKO” (1340, +1722m elevation gain).

On the 23km, about 3km before the Stomiou Monastery, we reach the 1st cut off point (cut off time 5hrs), where the athletes find the 2nd Refreshment Station.

From there, the runners will face probably the most demanding part of the race. The hard uphill leads to the passing of “DAVALISTA” (water supplies station). Within 2.5km of almost vertical uphill, the elevation gain is rocketing up to +700m.

The athletes continue traversing for about 2.5km below “DAVALISTA” in a gorgeous landscape. Approximately 250m of elevation gain are added and the runners reach the location “TSOUMANI LAKKA” at the “PLATEAU of LAKES” (1st Checkpoint) and the “RIZINA LAKE”, with lush vegetation. At the beginning of the path that leads to “DRAKOLIMNI” there is another Water Station (the 2nd Checkpoint), helping the athletes on both directions: going uphill on the 31km and downhill on the 34km. “Drakolimni” (Dragon Lake) is a rather uncommon morphological phenomenon for our country, with its elliptical shape appearing in the alpine landscape of Tymfi. The beauty captures the runners, featuring as one of the best highlights of the race.

On the 37km, the route passes by the “ASTRAKA REFUGE” (3rd Refreshment Station), and begins descending, leading to the Villages Mikro and Megalo Papigo (44km).

There, we find the 4th Main Support Station, where the athletes can pick up their DROP BAG (provided they had previously handed in their bags to the Admin desk
upon picking their BIB numbers). Megalo Papigo represents the 2nd cut off point (cut off time 9hrs and 30min).

Leaving Megalo Papigo behind, the trail enters into a downhill route for about 4km reaching the springs of Voidomatis river in the Vikos Gorge. The athletes can cool off in its clear waters (certified as one of the cleanest rivers in Europe). On the 54.5km the 5th Refreshment Station is found at the location “KLIMA” and the trail continues in a steep and curvy uphill route (1.5km and +300 elevation gain) till Monodendri steps (Water Supplies Station).

The village Monodendri represents the 3rd cut off point (cut off time 14hrs and 30min after your designated time). The athletes will also find there the 6th Support Station. Right after, they will find the villages Vitsa (4th Checkpoint) and Dilofo (5th Checkpoint), the stone bridges “KAPETAN ARKOUDA” and “KALOGERIKO”.

We are actually on the 70km of the race, reaching the village Kipi, where the 9th Support Station is found and the 4th cut off point (cut off time 16hs and 30min). The next Refreshment Station and Checkpoint follow right after in the village Kapesovo. The route continues to the location “Loutsa” on the 78km passing through the Tsepelovo steps (stone step-path) leading to the finishing line, which is exactly the starting point (Tsepelovo High School) of the race, tired but happy and thrilled for having achieved your goal!

Marathon+ 44km

The renewed and fulfilling race of 44km, follows a circular route of 2.600m elevation gain. This mountain marathon is a big challenge for your personal goals, while you experience mountain running from a different angle.
Starting point: the Tsepelovo High School (1.050m altitude). The runners cross the village square and they come across one of the hardest uphill points of the race: the Tsepelovo steps (stone step-path of 2km, at 1.340m and 290m elevation gain), which they will find once again before the finishing line.

The following 3.3km continue in a downhill route (negative elevation gain -270m), leading to the village Kapesovo (Water Supplies Station and Checkpoint).
The route continues descending for about 2.3km (-470m of negative elevation gain) and the athletes should be aware of the steep downhill route, a terrain of technical complexity. On the 7.5km, the route enters into the Vikos Gorge!
The trail continues in the gorge with slight elevation changes until the 12km, where we find the location “Klima” and the 1st Support Station at 607m of altitude (ascent 489m, descent 930m).
Continuing on a similar motif, we reach the springs of Voidomatis river (19km, Water Supplies Station and Checkpoint) at 483m of altitude (ascent 586m, descent 1.140m). From now on, the hard uphill part of the route begins, until the village Megalo Papigo on the 23km. The Main Support Station is found there, where the athletes can take a short rest (at 933m of altitude, ascent 1.100m, descent 1.200m).

Participation Limit
250 athletes Time limit
10 hours
Cut off point-Time
1. Megalo Papigo(cut off time: 4hrs and 30min after your designated start time)
The route crosses the village Mikro Papigo and continues ascending for 5.5km, until the “Astraka Refuge” (30km) where the 3rd Refreshment Station is, at an altitude of 1920m and positive elevation gain of 1.900m.
Leaving behind the refuge, a very demanding downhill follows for about 1.5km and after that, the trail enters into an uphill direction again until the Lake Robozi on the 33.5km (4th Refreshment Station). This is the highest point of the race, at an altitude of 2.030m and positive elevation gain of 2.150m.
Then, the route starts descending, presenting slight gradient changes until we reach the 38km, at the location “Krouna”, drinking fresh water from the spring.
For the next 2.5km the route continues on slight elevation changes (+140m) up to the 40km, where we reach the location “Avgerinos” (5th Refreshment Station) at an altitude of 1.750m and elevation gain of 2.560m. There are only 4.5km left, downhill route, and the last Checkpoint of the race before the Tsepelovo stone step-path, just a breath from the finishing line.

Half Marathon 21 km
The Half Marathon race (21km) has a positive elevation gain of 1.090m. There are no elimination points during the race.

The village Kipi in Zagori (altitude of 750m) and specifically the village square is the starting and finishing point of the race. Right after the start, approximately after 350m, the route makes a u-turn and passes through the village again, heading towards the three-arched bridge named “Kalogeriko”. The athletes actually run across the bridge and they continue for about 2.6km in a clear path, with a view to the Vikos Gorge, until they reach the “Kapetan Arkouda Bridge” (on the 3.5km).

Leaving behind the bridge “Kapetan Arkouda”, the athletes face the first uphill of the race (1.5km), which will lead them to the village Dilofo (on the 5km), where the 1stRefreshment Station is found.

The race descends for 2.5km until it reaches the river in the Vikos Gorge. The runners having run alongside the river for 200m, they will go up on the stone step-path that will bring them to the village Vitsa (9.7km).

Following a lush and beautiful trail, the athletes arrive in the village Monodendri (11.2km), where the 2nd Support- Refreshment Station is. At the same time, they can take a moment to cool off using the running waters from the fountain along their way. From this point, a steep downhill slope of 1.600m begins, the stone step-path of Monodendri, leading into the gorge. The athletes continue along the river in the gorge until they reach the “Misios Bridge” (on the 15.5km)

The race now enters its final phase with the stone step-path of Koukouli, bringing the athletes to the outskirts of the village, where the 3rd Refreshment Station is. The last part is a short but rather demanding downhill slope of 600m. The athletes pass by the “Kontodimos Bridge” entering the village Kipi, only few meters to the finish line.

Entry Race 10 km
The 10km Entry Race has a positive elevation gain of 320m. There are not any elimination points during the race.

The village Kipi in Zagori (altitude of 750m) and specifically the village square is the starting and finishing point of the race.

Right after the start, approximately after 350m, the route makes a u-turn and passes through the village again, heading towards the three-arched Plakidas Bridge or “Kalogeriko”. The athletes actually run across the bridge and they continue for 3km towards the “Kapetan Arkouda Bridge”, where the 1st Refreshment Station is found. They continue parallel to the river, heading north, passing beneath “Kokkorou Bridge” . Leaving the station behind, the athletes follow the river to reach the stone step-path at the village Koukouli.

This is in fact the hardest part of the race. Once the athletes manage it, they cross the village Koukouli (on the 7km), where the 2nd Refreshment Station is. For the last 3km the route starts descending, leading to the finish line, back to the village square of Kipi.

Zagori Mountain Running Video

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THE STARTING POINT

Those participating in the TeRA 80km or Marathon+ 44km races will need to come to the village Tsepelovo. The rest of the participants will need to come to the village Kipi.

 
Where am I going to get my BIB and equipment pack?

You have many choices. A big opening event will take place on Thursday July 19 2018 at Fifth Element Store (2 Dagli St. Ioannina), where you can get your equipment pack. If you cannot make it on Thursday, then you can easily get your pack from the ZMR Admin desk, located in Tsepelovo, on July 20-21 2018, all day long at your convenience.


Time limit

Time limits apply to the TeRA 80km and Marathon +44km races. For the 80km race, the time limit is 20 hours after your designated start time. There are also 4 more intermediate cut off points. For more details please click here https://zagorirace.gr/en/tera-80km/

For the 44km race, the time limit is 10 hours after your designated start time. There is a cut off point at the village Papigo (cut off time: 4 hours 30mins after your designated start time).

No time limits apply to the Half Marathon 21km and Entry Race 10km.

Criteria

The ZMR Committee, for the safe conduct of the TeRA 80km and Marathon +44km races, has decided to impose certain “race criteria-requirements”, in order to confirm the participants’ competence and to maintain a high quality of supporting services during the race.

 

For each athlete’s participation in any of the above ZMR races to be considered valid, at least one of the following must apply:

·       Participation Certificate and a valid Net Finish time in at least 2 races from the list below

·       Participation in any other official* race with a Net Finish Time of no more than 150% of that of the winner’s. For example, if the winner of a 42km race had a Net Finish Time of 5 hours, the maximum accepted time for participation in the ZMR 80km & 44km races is 7.5 hours (5X150%).

INFORMATION

An Info Kiosk will be available during the weekend, helping you with questions and problems you might have, near the starting/finishing point at Tsepelovo.

GIFTS

Exceptional gifts will be waiting the TeRA 80km and Marathon 44+km finishers, souvenirs to remember their participation in the leading trail event in Greece!

In particular:

Keepsake race gifts for Men:

·         The North Face® – VERSITAS 1/4 ZIP LONG-SLEEVE SHIRT

·         The North Face® – 66 CLASSIC HAT

Keepsake race gifts for Women:

·         The North Face® – MOTIVATION 1/4 ZIP LONG-SLEEVE SHIRT

·         The North Face® – 66 CLASSIC HAT

Marathon +44km finishers will receive:

Keepsake race gifts for Men:

·         The North Face® – M REAXION AMP CREW

Keepsake race gifts for Women:

·         The North Face® – W TANKEN TANK

 





Route TeRA 80km

Zagori Mountain Running 20 July 2019


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