Ultra FATRA is one of the most popular extreme running events in Slovakia in the ultra trail category. The course follows the paths across the highest peaks of the main ridge, mountain meadows, rocky cliffs and natural reservations of the Veľká Fatra National Park. The race is being organized by the o.z. SLOVAK ULTRA TRAIL.
The course begins in Dolný Harmanec, from where it ascends to the summit of Japeň following the green tourist mark. From this point the runners will descend to the village Staré Hory. From the first aid station the course follows the blue tourist mark to Majerova skala (rock) and to the summit of Krížna. One of the most beautiful course passages - the red marked main ridge trail of Veľká Fatra with Ostredok peak - ends at Chyžky. From this place the course turns left and following the blue tourist mark it continues to the 2nd aid station at the Chate pod Borišovom (challet). From here the course ascends the summit of the next significant mountain - Ploská and following the red tourist mark it descends to the Sedlo Ploskej col. The green tourist mark will lead the runners through the challenging Rakytov mountain, Smrekovica (aid station) and Nižné Šiprúnske sedlo. The red tourist continues from here to Vyšné Šiprúnske sedlo (col), from where again the green marks continues to the Sedlo pod Vtáčnikom (col). A short ascent to Malinné will bring the runnrs to the top of the ski slopes of the Malinô Brdo ski resort (aid station). The last tourist marking colour change to red and a steep ascent to Sidorovo - this is the last challenge. From the summit the course continues to Veľká skala (rock) and finally descents to the town Ružomberok, where the race finish is placed.
The presence (check-in) takes place on Friday 27. July in the Gymnázium sv. Andreja building (high school) in Ružomberok (17.00 - 21.30 CET) and on Saturday morning at the start place (06.00 - 06.45 CET). On top of the service like aid stations during the race the organizer provides the offering to stay overnight in the Gymnázium sv. Andreja building (high school) gym in Ružomberok, shuttle bus to the start place in Dolný Harmanec (departure at 05.30 CET), baggage transport from start place to finish and dinner in finish (17.00 - 20.00 CET).
|Race type||Mountain ultramarathon|
|Organizer||O.z. SLOVAK ULTRA TRAIL|
|Date||28. July 2018|
|Course parameters||55 km / +3.800 m|
|Start place||Dolný Harmanec, parking lot next to the Municipal forests building|
|Start time||07.00 CET|
|Course||Link for the course map on TuristickaMapa.sk|
|Finish||Ružomberok, Námestie Andreja Hlinku square (high school)|
|Time limit||13 hours (38. km until 16.00 CET)|
|Start fee||30 EUR|