Nízkotatranská stíhačka (NTS) is a mountain ultramarathon for individuals in Slovakia. The 103 km long race course with a total positive altitude change of 5740 m (ITRA certified) goes through the whole main ridge of Low Tatras mountains. The race organizer is STS HIKING, NTS is in partnership with the SLOVAK ULTRA TRAIL association.
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 is announced - the race for two-member teams changes to a race for individuals. The race capacity will increase to 150 places, however - the elimination checkpoint at Čertovica (50 participants quit here, 100 can continue in the 2ns part of the course) will be still a part of the race. After a change in the ascent from Šumiac to Kráľova hoľa (the blue marked path had to be left for one edition) the course returned to the original ascent path with beautiful views. This changes are valid also for the 10th NTS edition, which will take place on 20.-21. July 2019.
The Nízkotatranská stíhačka course goes through the whole main Low Tatras ridge. 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 chalet following the green-marked trail). In several passages it reaches the elevation of 2000 m a.s.l.
Nízkotatranská stíhačka 2019 is a part of the 5th edition of Slovenská Ultratrailová Liga (Slovak Ultratrail League).
|Race type||Mountain ultramarathon for individuals|
|Organizer||STS HIKING, o.z. SLOVAK ULTRA TRAIL|
|Date||20.-21. July 2019|
|Mountains||Nízke Tatry, Starohorské vrchy|
|Course parameters||103 km / +5740 m|
|Start time||05.30 CET|
|Course||Information can be found HERE|
|Time limit||26 hours|
|Start fee||59 EUR|