Rodopi Ultra Trail, a new philosophy in trail running|
Σάββατο, 12 Σεπτεμβρίου 2009
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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.
Rodopi Ultra Trail was created to provide an opportunity for those who consider themselves dedicated in both trail running and adventure. ROUT forwards the philosophy of self-sufficiency and the simplification of procedures: minimal external assistance, assessing the situation themselves struggling, empowerment with the release of issues related to safety, skills and insight (few aid stations, no mandatory equipment, remote and fully uninhabited areas, narrow paths lost in dense vegetation along of the remnants of a abandoned country a century ago! ROUT is to be considered as the future of endurance and adventure events.
The course numbers 162 kilometers (100 miles) and bags 8000 meters of elevation gain. ROUT wanders the vast forests of the Rodopi mountain range, one of the biggest ranges of the Balkan peninsula. ROUT follows paths that were closed for many decades, as people left these mountains for a new life. Although the country has been deserted, the traces of their civilization are scattered among the dense forest. Then the forest covered up everything, but kept a slight hint of human presence, making the human soul to shudder at the thought of it.