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Kopaonik SkyTrail powered by MK Mountain Resort
March 4, 2017. (15,2km 1.800 D+)

The Second SkyRunning race on snow, and yet again, the opening SkyRunning race of the 2017 Serbia SkyRunning League. This is going to be your second (naturally if you participated in the 2016 race), experience of running on the most difficult “black” ski slopes at the Kopaonik Ski Resort. Start of the race is scheduled for March 4, 2017, at 5:00 AM from the bottom of the Bela reka ski slope, and the route will lead over the snow packed ski slopes of Bela reka I, Bela reka II, Gvozdac, Kneževe bare, Krčmar, Duboka 1, Sunčana dolina and via Malo jezero toward the finish line in front of the Grand hotel. Total distance of the race is 15, 2 km with 1.800 meters of total ascent (evidence card 1,evidence card 2, map, gpx). You’ll need head lamps, running shoes with spikes or mini crampons and the extreme winner run can start.

You’ll have to finish this race before opening of the ski slopes at 9 am, which means that time limit is 4 hours. Runners that cannot reach time limit will be transported to the finish line from one of the check points. Registration for the race will start on Monday October, 24, and the last date to sign in is February 16 at 4PM. Participation fee is 1.800 dinars (15 EUR), and as usual, the registration is via web portal trka.rs

There will be seven control points (CP) at the race, including one refreshment CP with food, hot tea and water for re-fill (CP4 at 8 th kilometer), Mandatory equipment is survival blanket, cell phone, whistle and winter running gear. We are recommending mini crampons for shoes and running poles. As in the most of this type races, you supposed to be semi-self- sustainable, to carry enough water and energy gels or bars. At the finish line, by Hotel Grand (Garden restaurant, as in 2016), you may expect hospitality breakfast and hot tea. After the breakfast, there will be award ceremony, and organized transportation back to the start. We will accept only limited quantity drop bags, with just a few necessary things in them.

Participant’s Bus
First 50 completed, and paid registrations will have an opportunity for participant’s bus. If you are among these 50 with additional payment of 1.000 dinars you will secure your place in the bus. Departure of the bus is planned for Friday, March 3, at 4 pm, from the KomBank Arena parking lot (Belgrade). The bus drives to Hotel Junior in Brzeće (near the start). The same bus will transport you after the race back to Hotel Junior. Return to Belgrade is planned for Sunday, March 5, at 2 PM from Hotel Junior parking lot. So, you’ll have two days for ultimate enjoyment in Serbia’s biggest ski center. You may use them to relax, ski or explore Kopaonik Mountain.

Race Packages Distribution
The Race Office is in Hotel Junor in Brzeće, and race packages distribution will be organized on March 3, from 7-11 PM. Please have handy 200 dinars (2 EUR) for deposit for the start number. As environmentally responsible we are reusing these numbers, and that’s why you have to deposit 200 dinars that you’re getting back upon return of your number. Signing of liability statement upon package pick up is mandatory. All competitors less than 18 y/o supposed to submit notarized parent’s consent for participation in the race. Upon registration, you may leave limited drop bag with dry cloth that will wait you at the finish line. If you are unable to pick up your package during the above mention time period, you may authorize some other race participant to pick it up for you, so you can start on time at 5 am. We will provide you opportunity to sigh liability statement just before the race start.

All race participants, coming with own transportation, supposed to be at the start zone not later than 4:45 am.

Accommodation
More info on accommodation opportunities could be found at the following link kopaoniksmestaj.rs For those coming by our bus we are recommending to stay in Brzeće. These are several accommodation possibilities we are recommending:
- MK Resort special offer for the race participants and Konaci apartments. Apartmanima Konaci You provide you own transportation to the start zone. For more info contact Vesna Stojanović - + 381 64 87 14 043, vesna.stojanovic@mkresort.com
- Accommodation Hotel Junior hall, in vicinity of the start zone. You supposed to have own sleeping mat and sleeping bag. You will be able to keep your stuff, secured, in the hotel hall and stay there until Sunday till 2 PM. This accommodation is free of charge. All you need is summer sleeping bag (the space is well heated). Toilets are provided, but not showers.

According to many previous pace participants, Kopaonik is one of the most beautiful, most organized and most attractive Serbia’s SkyRunning League races. The best time in male category holds Kristijan Stošić, with 1:56:51, and in female category, the best time holds Sofija Arapović with 2:50:50 (all results could be found at - trka.rs/event/20/)

Kopaonik SkyTrail is organized with support of the MK Mountain Resort, Skijališta Srbije, hotel Junior and Polaris Srbija. In case of bad weather the race will be postponed for the next day, Sunday, March 5.

Video clip from the first edition of the race
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See you at the Silver Mountain, to open new, third SkyRunning season together! We wish you joyful winter trainings.

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