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Sports and Recreation Club Alba and Sports Club Trickeri proudly present a new project called "100 Miles of Istria" - endurance race along the complete Istrian hiking trail, starting from the town of Umag and finishing in the village of Koromačno. The trail passes through all the Istrian hilltops, but also some urban areas. We've been thinking about this race for a very long time, and we are sure that a large number of competitors have been thinking about it too.
The concept of the race follows the model of the most famous trail run race, the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, although it will follow the principles of a trek race. The UTMB is organized by a group of enthusiasts in cooperation with tourist boards in the locations, regions and countries the UTMB race passes through. UTMB race consists of four races, from 100 to 250 km long, crossing the Alps and stretching over the area of France, Italy and Switzerland. Although as many as 20 000 applicants apply for the race(!), only the maximum number of 5600 lucky competitors are allowed to enter the race every year. In order to participate in the race, competitors must gain seven qualification points in three races maximum, which they obtain at numerous races worldwide. In Croatia, competitors can obtain points at trekking competitions held in Risnjak, Velebit, Učka and Istria (IstraTrek). At these races, competitors can win one to two qualification points ( except for Velebit, where they can win three points), which is not enough to qualify. This is why we have decided to organize a mega race, by its beauty and distances very rare in Europe, which will provide the competitors an opportunity to win three, or even four qualification points. In this way, participants from Croatia and abroad will be given a chance to win the needed points without having to take expensive trips in order to take part in races abroad.
The race will consist of two categories: The longer race, from the town of Umag to Koromačno, is a 162 kilometres long race with a total elevation gain of 5700 m, which is four times higher than climbing the peak of the Učka mountain, counting from the sea level! The other, „shorter" race, from the town of Buzet to Koromačno, is a 100 km long race with the total elevation gain of 4300 m, which is three times higher than climbing the peak of Učka. The competitors have 48 hours to finish the longer race, while time limit for finishing the shorter race is 38 hours.
Although following the spirit of a trail race, 100 Miles of Istria is primarily a trekking competition since the competitors will use a marked hiking trail which will not be additionally marked (except at certain locations) and using the hiking trail will not be obligatory (although taking the hiking trail will, all in all, be the best and the most logical choice). The organizers will also provide the competitors with a high-quality roadbook, as well as a detailed map in order to facilitate their journey. At several points during the race the competitors will have to abandon the Istrian hiking trail in order to enter the urban areas where food and drink points, as well as check points will be set. These points will be set in the towns of Buje, Grožnjan, Oprtalj, Buzet and Labin.
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