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Virgin Forest Trail 2007 RODOPI ADVENDURUN (ROUT) 100 MILES 2016 – REGISTRATIONS
Posted by christos on 14/05/16 (2056 reads)

Rodopi Advendurun 2016: Registrations open on May 20, 2016



Starting Friday, May 20 at 22.00,  registrations are open for the 7th edition of Rodopi Advendurun 100 miles (ROUT) of 2016. Registrations will use the online registration form (
http://www.rout.gr/index.php?name=Rout&file=registration&newlang=english ) and will last until July 31.

150 athletes will be admitted to the race this year regardless of country of origin. Registration is a two-stage process, first the application for participation is approved and then you are notified to proceed with the fees payment. The payment period for those already fulfilling the criteria and thus approved to participate will begin on May 20 and will last until the 150 places are filled up or until July 31, if there are still openings. The organization will take special provisions to ensure a minimum number of starters are athletes residing outside Greece.

The qualification criterion remains the same as in previous years, finishing in an approved trail race of at least 80 km over the past 3 years (2014, 2015,2016 ).

The entry fee for this year's race will remain EUROS 120,00. Race course, rules and regulations will published within the forthcoming week (although there will be not substantial changes as of past year (cut-off to 40 hours).

The Steering Committee of ROUT took care to instill consistently until today the philosophy of a race not confined to the narrow limits of an organized racing event but provides athletes with the opportunity to experience an immersion to the pristine nature of Rodopi mountains. Today, with the experience of six previous editions, adventure transpires the Rodopi Advendurun and this spirit will prevail in all our future endeavors.

Our best to all,

The ROUT Steering Committee

Orestini- Xanthi,Greece May 14, 2016












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Virgin Forest Trail 2007 RODOPI ADVENDURUN 100 MILES (ROUT) REGULATIONS 2016
Posted by ROUT on 25/06/15 (2943 reads)

1. GENERAL: "Rodopi Advendurun" (ROUT) is an ultra-endurance trail race with elements of adventure, which is held every October at the Rodopi Mountain Range, in northern Greece.  Until 2012 the race was called "Rodopi Ultra Trail".  The course is 164 kilometers (100 miles) and has +8000 meters elevation gain (approx).  The area where the race is held is one of the most characteristic forests in Greece and is part of the Rodopi Mountain Range National Park, an area of rare natural beauty and biodiversity (habitat for bears, deer, wild goats, roe deer etc).  The time limit (cut-off) of the race is 40 hours.  The race has the same start and finish point, "Erymanthos" which is the Forest Village in the area of Haidou, north of Stavroupoli, Xanthi.  To participate in ROUT essential abilities are required, like previous ultra trail race experience. 

2. PHILOSOPHY: ROUT perceives the meaning of ultra-endurance as an expression of searching for the human limits through the contact with free and uncontrolled nature, which forces its rules demanding respect, awareness, courage, reserves of mental stamina and a lot of experience.
Its basic parameters, define ROUT as a feat experience, which tests the physical and mental stamina of its athletes.  For its organizers, ROUT is an "adventure race", in regard to the aspect of the uncertainty of the race effort, due to its big difficulty.  The term adventure, is defined as the uncertainty of the outcome of an autonomous human effort in the open nature.
In ROUT the external support of athletes is minimal, so they have to depend on themselves to face the subjective and objective difficulties of the race.  Crossing completely uninhabited areas for a distance of 164 kilometers (100 miles), they become one with nature, which is a complicated and demanding procedure, but also is the very essence of the event. 
The philosophy of ROUT distills the up-to-date experience in ultra trail races, emphasizing in elements such as isolation, autonomy and independence, ingredient elements of adventure, which ROUT is trying to inculcate to its athletes.

3. CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION:
 The race is open to all those aged 20 years and above.  Athletic documentation is not required, since it cannot document one's ability to take part in a test that surpasses the so called athletic limits.  Interested parties submit an application and if they fulfill the required criterion, having completed at least one trail race longer than 50 miles (80 kilometers) during the 3 last calendar years (2014, 2015, 2016), their participation in the race is approved.  For the two 50 mile races that take place up to now in Greece "Rodopi Challenge" and "TERA" the participation criterion is having completed the race in 17 and 21 hours respectively.  In any case, the organization has the right to turn down an application despite the fact that it may fulfill the typical criteria that have been set for reasons that it is not obliged to explain to the interested party.  Athletes that have been disqualified from this or a different race in the past for a serious ethical offense such as a heavy case of deception or violent behavior, are not accepted.

4. CATEGORIES:
a. Men Μ (20-49 years old)
b. Veteran men Μ50 (50+ years old)
c. Women W (20-49 years old)
d. Veteran women W50 (50+ years old)

5. PARTICIPATION CRITERIA: The participation criterion for ROUT is the documented experience of an athlete in similar races, which are characterized as "trail races".  The organization believes that the experience in "public road" long distance races does not provide the ability to successfully face the difficulties of an ultra trail race like ROUT, with special requirements of familiarization with the mountain surroundings in general and in particular with the singularities of the field, the climate conditions, the absence of frequent support and the psychological tension that are caused by solitude and the unknown elements that differentiate the race largely from a "road" race.
80 kilometers (50 miles) are set as a minimum distance for a participation criterion-race, whether it is a completed finished 80K race (note: 17 hours for "Rodopi Challenge" and 21 hours for "TERA"), or a withdrawal after the 100th kilometer at a longer race.  Rout is an exception, where the criterion is the withdrawal at Κ-92 and later (Yioumourlou). The criterion-race that will be submitted must have taken place in the last 3 calendar years (2013, 2014, 2015).

6. NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS & REGISTRATION PERIOD: The number of athletes that will be accepted in the 2016 organization is set to 150. The procedure is as follows:
a) REGISTRATION: Participation applications are submitted between May 20th until July 31st, 2016. 
b) SELECTION: The organization immediately informs the athletes that are selected to participate.
c) PAYMENT: The athletes that receive the participation approval, must pay the participation fee.  After the end of the registration period, the athletes that have not responded, lose the right to participate.


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Virgin Forest Trail 2007 ROUT 100 MILES 2015 - REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN
Posted by ROUT on 27/05/15 (1469 reads)

ROUT 100 MILES - RODOPI ADVENDURUN : 6th EDITION

Rodopi Advendurun 2015: Registrations open on May 27, 2015

Starting Wednesday, May 27 at 22.00,  registrations are open for the 6th edition of Rodopi Advendurun (ROUT) of 2015. Registrations will use the online registration form (http://www.rout.gr/index.php?name=Rout&file=registration&newlang=english ) and will last until August 31.

150 athletes who will be admitted to the race this year regardless of country of origin. Registration is a two-stage process, first the application for participation is approved and then you are notified to proceed with the fees payment. The payment period for those already fulfilling the criteria and thus approved to participate will begin on May 28 and will last until the 150 places are filled up or until August 31, if there are still openings. The organization will take special provisions to ensure a minimum number of starters are athletes residing outside Greece.

The qualification criterion remains the same as in previous years, finishing in an approved trail race of at least 80 km over the past 3 years (2013, 2014,2015 ).

The entry fee for this year's race will remain EUROS 120. Race course, rules and regulations remain unchanged as of past year  (cut-off to 40 hours).

The Steering Committee of ROUT took care to instill consistently until today the philosophy of a race not confined to the narrow limits of an organized racing event but provides athletes with the opportunity to experience an immersion to the pristine nature of Rodopi mountains. Today, with the experience of four previous editions, adventure transpires the Rodopi Advendurun and this spirit will prevail in all our future endeavors.

Our best to all,

The ROUT Steering Committee

Orestini- Xanthi,Greece May 26, 2015



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Rodopi Ultra Trail Co-operation Agreement between Rodopi Ultra Trail NGO and Tropos Branding Co
Posted by ROUT on 03/02/15 (1077 reads)

Orestini, Xanthi,Greece 29/1/2015

 

The Non-Profit Organization RODOPI ULTRA TRAIL has been engaged since 2009 in organizing athletic activities based on volunteering.  The races organized are ultra-distance in the unique primordial forests of Rodopi.  Its aim is to bridge the gap between modern Man and Mother Nature.

It strives to accomplish this by organizing 5 events (until today) during all seasons of the year.  So in Winter there is the ROUT Volunteer Gathering, in Spring Rodopi Challenge 50 Miles, in Summer Haidou Trail Party 24Κ, Haidou Kids and the Volunteer Training School while in Autumn the year reaches its peak with the “mythical” Rodopi Advendurun 100 Miles.

ROUT (Rodopi Ultra Trail) is already a recognized brand in the field of mountain ultra-distances with minimal support.

Given the complexity of the activities but also with the ambition to expand the awareness of its Brand outside Greece, ROUT has decided to co-operate with the specialized in this field Tropos Branding Co.

The duration of the contract is three years with the right to extend for three additional years.

 The needs of the organization are big and in matters of Brand Strategy, Brand Value, Brand Awareness and Brand Equity we need help from a specialized Team of People. We are happy to have the opportunity to work in depth on such sensitive matters with the People from Tropos Branding who have helped us voluntarily all these years” stated Elias Spyridopoulos, President of Rodopi Ultra Trail NGO.  

From Tropos Branding Co, its Executive Director Mr. Christos D. Katsanos mentioned “Either way my personal involvement with the organization of ROUT is a given.  Starting today all employees, but also associates of Tropos will work not only on the preparation of a Complete Strategy Plan but also on the realization and implementation of its actions”.

About Rodopi Ultra Trail NGO

Rodopi Ultra Trail (ROUT) Non-Profit Organization was founded in Orestini, Xanthi.  It is organized on the basis of volunteering and has more than 140 Volunteers.  It has organized the first 50 and 100 miles mountain races in Greece (2010).  Until the end of 2014 it had completed 25 events in total.  The activities are associated with ROUT - Rodopi Advendurun 100 Miles, ROC -Rodopi Challenge 50 miles, Haidou Trail Party24K, τον Haidou Kids, The Volunteer Assembly and the Volunteer Training School.

About Tropos Branding Co

Tropos Branding Company is a modern & flexible marketing & branding company. Using the "Zero to Low Budget" methodology and the "H2Η- Human to Human" approach it plans, highlights and promotes Brands in many categories of products and services. Company identities, Corporate videos, Youtube  Shows, product packaging and Inbound marketing techniques (more than 20 different platforms) are used in an integrated "e-branding 360" approach.

For more information:

Rodopi Ultra Trail: Mr. Elias Spyridopoulos , elias@rout.gr , www.rout.gr

Tropos Branding Co: Ms. Dimitra Notiou, 2310-488915, notiou@tropos.gr,  www.tropos.gr

 



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Rodopi Advendurun 2014 RODOPI CHALLENGE 50 MILES 2015
Posted by ROUT on 23/01/15 (2043 reads)



The Non-Profit Organization “Rodopi Ultra Trail” announces the organization of the Rodopi Challenge 50 miles race on April 25th, 2015, at the area of Rodopi Mountain Range.  It is the fourth organization of the 50 miles race, which was held on October of 2010 for the first time, and after a 2 years stop it resurfaced on August 2013, in the form of a race criterion for participating in ROUT 100 miles Advendurun.

Rodopi Challenge 50 miles (ROC) is an independent sports event, aiming to create an introductory ultra-trail race but also to familiarize the athletes with the style and the philosophy of ROUT, keeping common characteristics with it.  All the details of the race are mentioned in the RULES of the RACE here.

Registrations are open from Friday, January 16th, at 22.00, until Sunday, March 15th, through the website of the organization: www.rout.gr.

The payment period for the approved applications starts on Monday February 12th and ends on Monday March 16th. Payment must be made through the organization’s bank account.  Each approval email will include full information for the payment of the participation fee.  Each athlete of athletes participating must write their names on the deposit slip.

ROC will continue to be a criterion for ROUT, as it meets the conditions set by the organization for the 100 miles race (at least 50 miles length) with a time limit of finishing within 17 hours (only for the criterion).  Also, the race, after its official measurement, will be stated to other organizations (UTMB etc) so it can be utilized by its athletes for races abroad.

Clarifications and answers to questions will be given after contacting the address: info@rout.gr

Orestini- Xanthi, January 09, 2015

The Steering Committee



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Rodopi Advendurun 2014 RODOPI CHALLENGE 50 MILES 2015 (ROC) RULES
Posted by ROUT on 23/01/15 (6427 reads)


 1. GENERAL : Rodopi Challenge (ROC) is an «introductory» ultra trail race, 50 miles long, which is held by the non-profit organization “Rodopi Ultra Trail” at the Rodopi Mountain Range, every spring.  The race is 82 kilometers long and has 4200 meters elevation gain (D+).  The route is “out-and-back” type on a 41 kilometers track, which is part of ROUT’s route.  The race starts from the Forest Village of Erymanthos, at Haidou, and after it reaches Zarkadia after 41 kilometers, then it turns back and follows the same route to the Forest Village again.

2. PHILOSOPHY : The race aims to introduce the participating athletes with the spirit and philosophy of solidarity that expresses the central race event of the organization, Rodopi Advendurun 100 miles (ROUT). It is an introductory event for ROUT and exactly for this reason it follows its logic and characteristics. The birth of ROC happened from the need to create an intermediate (transitional) level between the marathon trail races and 100 miler ROUT, in order to bridge the gap between these two race categories. Thanks to ROC, a lot of athletes can be lead smoothly to the ultra trail races.

3. CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION : The race is open to all those aged 20 up to 70 years old, based on the participation criterion.

4. CRITERION : The participation criterion for the race is a mountain running race  at least 35K or abandonment at 40K at least for a race over 50K. The criterion-race must have taken place after 1/1/2013 and up to the date of submission of the application.

5. CATEGORIES : The categories in which the athletes are classified are common for both sexes and are the following: a) Μ1/W1=20-49 years old, b) Μ2/W2=50+ years old, c) M3/W3=50-59 years old, d) M4/W4=60-70 years old.

6. MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS : All the applications submitted during the registration period that meet the participation criterion will be accepted, with no number limitation.

7. REGISTRATION PERIOD : The period for submitting participation applications for 2015 will be Friday, January 16th at 22:00 until Sunday, March 15th . There will be given no extension to the end date.

8. PARTICIPATION FEE : The participation fee amount for 2015 remains 50 Euros and is paid only after the approval of participation, to the organization’s (Rodopi Ultra Trail) bank account with ΙΒΑΝ: GR29 0172 352000 5352 047379 743 at Piraeus Bank.

9. PROVISIONS : The organization commits to offer to the athletes: lunch before and after the race, refreshment posts during the race, medical support, souvenir gift and medal, to the athletes that will finish the race.

10. CANCELLATION : Cancellation of participation and return of 50% of the fee is accepted until the last day of the payment period (15.03.2015)

11. MEDICAL CERTIFICATE: The organization does not require a medical certification from the athletes.  Each athlete is responsible for checking her/his health with regular medical examinations.

12. FIRST AIDES : The organization is responsible for medical support (first aid) and the security of the athletes at the support stations and the Check Points.  The telephone number 112 can be used for emergency and it is good for athletes to be able to communicate if needed.

13. COPYRIGHT : The organization has the copyright of the race and the right to use the photos and videos taken on the day of the race.

14. PERSONAL DATA : The organization, in compliance to the principles of protecting personal data, does not disclose personal data of the athletes, or gives data to third parties for commercial or other purposes.

15. RACE BIB : The race bib is the only evidence of validity of an athlete during the race, therefore all athletes are obligated to keep their bib in good shape in a visible position on them, in order to be recognized by anyone and to help monitor at the check points.

16. RACE BIBS DISTRIBUTION :  The race bibs distribution will take place the day before the race, Friday 24/4, from 12:00 noon until 22:00, and on Saturday 25/4 (day of the race) until 05:30 in the morning.  The race bibs are given only to the athletes themselves, with presentation of any valid identification document

17. TECHNICAL BRIEFING : The technical briefing of the athletes will be outdoor and will take place where the closing ceremony is held at 19:00 afternoon on the day before the race.

18. MANDATORY EQUIPMENT : There is no mandatory equipment for the athletes.  The athletes are responsible to carry with them the necessary equipment for their basic and emergency needs.  The organization recommends the following: waterproof jacket, water container, hat, haemostatic, emergency food, head lamp, cell phone.

19. PENALTIES : Athletes will be disqualified for the following infringements: a) failure to pass through a checkpoint, b) littering at the route, c) inappropriate behavior towards the volunteers or co-athletes, d) assistance given other than in the official refreshment points, e) pacing by persons that do not participate in the race.

20. TIME LIMIT : The race will start at 06.00 at the Forest Village. In addition to the time limit, there is an in-between time barrier in the middle of the race (Zarkadia Κ-41), in 8:00 hours. So, any athletes that arrive to Zarkadia after 14:00 are disqualified to continue the race. Extension to the limit will be given only under extreme weather conditions.

21. CANCELLATION-POSTPONEMENT : Suspension of the race, temporary or final, may happen based on the organizations judgment due to extreme weather conditions at any time during the race. The same may happen at the start of the race, which may be postponed for a short period of time and with the prospect of better weather conditions. In case of bad weather conditions the time limits of the race may be expanded.                                                                        

22. WITHDRAWAL : An athlete can drop out of the race, only after giving his bib number to a responsible staff member at a Check Point.  From the moment he gives his bib number and on, which means dropping out of the race, the athlete has the right to manage his time and strengths as he wishes. The organization is responsible only for transporting the athlete to the Forest Village, as long as he is : a) at Zarkadia, b) at Prasinada, c) at Livaditis.

23. SIGNS : The course signs vary depending on the section and is based mainly on signs with the race logo, signal ribbons and a conjunction of other means of marking.  The first 10 and the last 20 kilometers will also be marked with night (retro-reflective) signs.

24. REFRESHMENT POSTS : During the race there will be 3 refreshment posts: a) Prasinada-1 (Κ-27), b) Zarkadia (Κ-41), c) Prasinada-2 (Κ-55). At the refreshment posts a variety of fresh and cooked food will be offered. The athletes must carry with them a cup or tumbler, to receive liquids at the refreshment posts.

25. DROP-BAG : Each athlete has the right to give to the organization a drop-bag with material, equipment and consumable supplies of his/her choice, which will be transferred to Prasinada by the organization.  The drop-bag’s volume cannot be larger than 30 liters and can be given to the organization the day before the race.  They will be transferred to the Forest Village by the end of the race again by the organization.

26. OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE : Outside assistance to the athletes is allowed only in the official refreshment points (Prasinada, Zarkadia).

27. CHECK POINTS : During the race there will be 15 check points, where for security reasons and for the smooth conduct of the race, the athletes are recorded.

28. SWEEPING SERVICES : A team of volunteers will follow the last athlete of the race, for security reasons, having the ability at the same time to take part in the coordination of providing aide to any injured athlete, in cooperation with the medical staff of the organization.

29. PRIZES-MEDALS : The winners of the race will be awarded with trophies while all  athletes who will finish the race will be given a medal. The three first men and the three first women will be honored, as well as the first man or woman of the Master category (Μ2/W2).

30. CHANGES : The present rules are subject to change without prior notice, but in general the spirit of the rules remains the same.


 



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Rodopi Advendurun 2014 ROUT-2014, The Official Race Report of the 5th organization
Posted by ROUT on 01/12/14 (2401 reads)

The 5th anniversary ROUT 100miler was celebrated in the best possible way, since the race left the best impressions on the athletes that had the chance to compete in the beautiful forests of Rodopi. A long, although short in time journey of five years, reached this year’s organization of Rodopi Advendurun, the beloved ROUT of the ultra-endurance and adventure Greek athletes. Year after year, since 2009, ROUT leads its athletes through a route of emotions, guided by the limits of their physical and mental endurance. In addition to the journey, above all a difficult 100 miles race of human endurance, which requires devotion and hard preparation.

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Virgin Forest Trail 2007 5th Anniversary ROUT 100 MILES ADVENDURUN 2014 - Latest News for the Athletes
Posted by ROUT on 14/10/14 (2114 reads)

Dear Advendurunner friends,

It’s this time of the year again when we meet in Rodopi, in our annual Endurance and Adventure (advendurunning) meeting.  On Friday, October 17th, at 6 in the morning, the 5th anniversary ROUT 100 MILES begins.  This year, the number of athletes who will start the race reached 120, out of which 13 are coming from abroad.

CHARACTERISTICS: This year’s ROUT keeps its race profile, the same as the familiar since 2010 route, of 100 miles and 8000 meters of positive altitude change, for the 5th consecutive year.  The time limit is now 40 hours.  The three in-between time barriers are: a) Zarkadia Κ-41 in 8:00 hours, b) Krousovo Κ-69 in 15:00 hours and c) Zarkadia-2 Κ-123 in 28:00 hours.



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Rodopi Advendurun 2014 5th anniversary 2014 ROUT 100-miles Rodopi Advendurun
Posted by ROUT on 27/05/14 (2476 reads)

Registrations open on May 9, 2014  
 
Starting Friday, May 9 registrations are open for the 5th anniversary Rodopi Advendurun (ROUT) of 2014. Registrations will use the online registration form (http://www.rout.gr/index.php?name=Rout&file=registration) and will last until August 31. 120 athletes who will be admitted to the race this year regardless of country of origin. Registration is a two-stage process, first the application for participation is approved and then you are notified to proceed with the fees payment. The payment period for those already fulfilling the criteria and thus approved to participate will begin on June 16 and will last until the 120 places are filled up or until August 31, if there are still openings. The organization will take special provisions to ensure a minimum number of starters are athletes residing outside Greece.


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Rodopi Ultra Trail Rodopi Ultra Trail, a new philosophy in trail running
Posted by ROUT on 12/09/09 (2377 reads)

Rodopi Ultra Trail (ROUT) is a new approach to trail running races, introducing a new vision on the ultras, the adventure running, by putting athletes and their skills in serious challenge, and assessing their experience gained by long practice of the sport. ROUT is calling only experienced trail runners, requiring their maximum of physical and mental endurance.

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