Nízkotatranská stíhačka is a mountain ultramarathon for individuals in Slovakia. The 98,5 km long race course with a total positive altitude change of 5640 m goes through the whole main ridge of Low Tatras mountains. The race organizer is Time out - OZ.
Nízkotatranská stíhačka was founded in year 2009 (the pilot edition was a long distance march with 25 teams in start list), since 2010 NTS offered a possibility for 50 two-member teams to participate in (the limited capacity of the race was related to the nature protection and granter permission). NTS was the first long distance event with 100-kilometer course, which transformed to a pure ultra trail race event. In the two-member teams race shape NTS continued until 2017. In 2018 a significant change has been announced - the race for two-member teams changes to a race for individuals.
Nízkotatranská stíhačka is returning to the Slovak ultra-running scene with its almost 100 km long route leading from Telgárt to Donovaly. On the morning of Saturday, July 15, ultrarunners will set off on a route with parameters of 98.5 km / +5640 m, which will take them through the ridge of the Low Tatras and Starohorské vrchy as part of the 13th annual Nízkotatranská stíhačka event (July 15-16). This is the route with the highest altitude in our race series. On Čertovica, you have to expect a chase for advanced places, which is (taking into account the limit of the number of participants for movement at night in the national park) a special feature of the oldest 100 km ultra race in Slovakia.
Starting point is village Telgárt, destination point is Donovaly mountain resort. The NTS course follows the blue marked cyclo-trail from Telgárt to Šumiac, the next passage is the forest road from Šumiac to Kráľova hoľa – not the blue-marked tourist trail – and further the red-marked trail to Donovaly (with branching-off to Ďurková challet following the green-marked trail). In several passages it reaches the elevation of 2000 m a.s.l.
Nízkotatranská stíhačka 2023 is a part of the 9th edition of Slovak Ultratrail League. The course have been certified by ITRA (4 points) and is contained in the list of ITRA National League races as well as races with UTMB Index.
|Race type||Mountain ultramarathon for individuals|
|Organizer||Time out - OZ|
|Date||15.-16. July 2023|
|Mountains||Nízke Tatry, Starohorské vrchy|
|Course parameters||98,5 km / +5640 m|
|Start place||Telgárt, street crossing at the church|
|Start time||06.00 CET|
|Course||Information can be found H ERE|
|Time limit||26 hours|