Running in the clouds – 2-3 July, 2022

Visit the Rodna Mountains, home of rhododendrons and chamois!

 

A significant part of the 50-km long, 30-40-km wide ridge of Rodna Mountains is situated above a 2000-m height, in an Alpine climate. The visitor encounters several tarns, valleys shaped by glaciers, and waterfalls.

The highest peak called Pietrosul Rodnei is at 2303 m, plus, the Tăușoare-Zalion Reserve, the deepest cave system reaching a 479-m depth is also situated here. Cascada Cailor (Waterfall of horses) is the largest waterfall of Romania, falling from 80 m. Rodna Mountains National Park is the Eastern Carpathians’ northern group’s most extended protected area. These high-altitude trails leading through the land of rhododendrons and chamois are, in fact, made up of paths, animal trails, public and forest roads, marked and unmarked trails, high slopes and difficult terrain – this amalgam shows the true face and value of the area.
Participants can compete on three trails of different levels of difficulty that welcome the young, the elder, the slow, the quick, the expert, and the amateur runners, too.
Puzdrelor track: 26 km, 2000 m d+, for experienced, professional runners and
Galațului track: 19 km, 1300 m d+ for runners getting acquainted with mountain trails.
In 2019, we launched a separate competition for the ones aiming at high elevation on a short distance: the Rodnei Vertical. The trail starts at the ski slope, it has a constant elevation reaching a 650 m difference in altitude on a 3 km distance.

Puzdrelor track

Length: 26 km, 2000 m elevation gain

Level: very hard

Cathegories: Female 18-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50+; open • Male 18-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60+; open

Entry fee: 150 RON (31 EUR) until 28 February, 2022; you can pay by card when registering for the competition or via bank transfer; 180 RON (37 EUR) starting from 1 March 2022.

Registration deadline: 12 June, 2022.

Maximum number of participants: 250

Time limit: 2 hours at the second refreshment point (9 km)

START: 2 July, 2022

Registration  ||  List of participants

Information required for bank transfer:

  • Payee: Asociaţia Clubul Sporturilor Montane Rupicapra (ACSM Rupicapra)
  • International bank account number (IBAN): RO97 BTRL HUFC RT02 4009 6301
  • Bank: Banca Transilvania, SWIFT code: BTRLRO22

MANDATORY EQUIPMENT

– bottle of 0.33 / 0.5 l full of liquid
– gel or energy slices
– backpack or belt pouch
– long trousers (or knee-length trousers and knee-high socks)
– long-sleeved blouse (or short-sleeved blouse and arm warmer)
– raincoat or windbreaker
– survival foil
– hat or tube scarf
– trail running shoes
– telephone
– race number (can be picked up before the start)

Mandatory equipment is checked before the start and randomly on the track. Lacking one of the elements will result in +10 minute race time. The lack of a rain or wind jacket and surviving foil will result in immediate disqualification.

ATTENTION! There will be no disposable cups at the points, each competitor must provide their own container into which the volunteers can fill the liquid.

Puzdrelor trail starts at the new olympic ski slope at Borșa, at 850 m altitude. It crosses the resort and reaches the Cimpoioasa Valley via the Fântânii Valley. Then, it reaches 1500 m altitude at the Cimpoioasa waterfall. The first hydration point is here, after 5,5 kms. The trail continues on a level curve to the foot of the Galați Peak, then it starts downhill towards Negoiescu Valley, the location of the Puzdra shelter, formerly the only shelter available to skiers. The first refreshment point is at 9 km, at a sheepfold near the Puzdrelor Waterfall. The time limit (2 hrs) is also measured here. From here, the forest climb begins. Exiting the forest, through the Alpine flora, it reaches the highest peak of the competition, the Puzdra Peak (2189 m). Competitors will pass the following kilometres above 2000 m altitude. The next hydration point will be set at the cross of the Puzdra ridge and the main ridge (12.5 km). The trail passes the Anieșul Mare (2160), Laptelui (2100 m), Negoiescului (1960), and Galațului (2050) peaks. Runners will climb the line of the ridge through the Gargalau Col. From there they will descend towards Știol Col in the direction of the second refreshment point (20 km). The last refreshment point is at 25 km, after a steep descent near the Cascada Cailor waterfall. The trail follows the red triangle tourist mark to the finish.

We recommend this trail exclusively to experienced runners.*

The competition is open to individuals who have reached the age of 18 on July 2, 2022.

* Due to the difficulty of the course, the organizers reserve the right to change the checkpoints and level times, however, competitors would be notified in time.

SEE THE TRACK HERE  https://tracedetrail.com/fr/trace/trace/152892

Galat track

Length: 19 km, 1300 m elevation gain

Level: medium difficulty

Registration fee: 120 RON (25 EUR) until 28 February 2022, you can pay by card when registering for the competition or via bank transfer, 150 RON (31 EUR) starting from 1 March, 2022.

Registration deadline: 12 June, 2022. 

Maximum number of participants: 350

Registration  ||  List of paricipants

Information required for bank transfer:

  • Payee: Asociaţia Clubul Sporturilor Montane Rupicapra (ACSM Rupicapra)
  • International bank account number (IBAN): RO97 BTRL HUFC RT02 4009 6301
  • Bank: Banca Transilvania, SWIFT code: BTRLRO22

Time limits: 2 hours and 15 minutes at the first refreshment point (5.5 km)

START: 2 July, 2022. 

MANDATORY EQUIPMENT

– bottle of 0.33 / 0.5 l full of liquid
– gel or energy slices
– backpack or belt pouch
– long trousers (or knee-length trousers and knee-high socks)
– long-sleeved blouse (or short-sleeved blouse and arm warmer)
– raincoat or windbreaker
– survival foil
– hat or tube scarf
– trail running shoes
– telephone
– race number (can be picked up before the start)

Mandatory equipment is checked before the start and randomly on the track. Lacking one of the elements will result in +10 minute race time. The lack of a rain or wind jacket and surviving foil will result in immediate disqualification.

ATTENTION! There will be no disposable cups at the points, each competitor must provide their own container into which the volunteers can fill the liquid.

Galațului trail starts at the new olympic ski slope at Borșa, at 850 m altitude. It crosses the resort and reaches the Cimpoioasa Valley via the Fântânii Valley. Then, it reaches 1500 m altitude at the Cimpoioasa waterfall. The first hydration point is here, after 5,5 kms. From here, via some level curve, the trail aims steeply towards the Galaț Peak, then, at 7 km, it joins the Puzdrelor trail, climbing the line of the ridge through the Gargalau Col. The first refreshment point can be found at the Știol Lake (11.5 km). The trail descends towards the Știol Peak. The last refreshment point is at 14 km, after a steep descent near the Cascada Cailor waterfall. The trail follows the red triangle tourist mark to the finish.

* Due to the difficulty of the course, the organizers reserve the right to change the checkpoints and level times, however, competitors would be notified in time.

SEE THE TRACK HERE: https://tracedetrail.com/fr/trace/trace/152895

Rodnei Vertical

Length: 3 km, 800 m elevation gain

Level: hard

Entry fee: 70 RON (15 EUR) until 28 February, 2022, you can pay by card when registering for the competition or via bank transfer; 100 RON (21 EUR) after 1 March, 2022.

No time limit and mandatory equipment.

Registration  ||  List of participants || Download GPX

Information required for bank transfer:

  • Payee: Asociaţia Clubul Sporturilor Montane Rupicapra (ACSM Rupicapra)
  • International bank account number: RO97 BTRL HUFC RT02 4009 6301
  • Bank: Banca Transilvania, SWIFT code: BTRLRO22

The trail follows the route of the lift on the ski slope, it has a constant elevation reaching a 800 m difference in altitude on a 3 km distance.

See the track here: https://tracedetrail.com/fr/trace/trace/152898