Dukat Velebit Ultra Trail

Velebit Ultra Trail 2014 / Poskok 3
21.-22.06.2014. / 12th edition
100km & 6500mD+ / 45km & 2500mD+ / 27km & 1500mD+  / 15km & 850mD+
Nacionalni park Paklenica / Croatia

VELEBIT MOUNTAIN: where the mountains touch the Adriatic sea…
The mountain of Velebit has an important place in the collective conscience of the Croatian people and represents an integral part of the national identity and a symbol of Croatia as well as one of the elements of its recognition on the international stage. Velebit also holds a spiritual place in Croatian religious life through its history, position, appearance and meaning to inhabitants who live there. Velebit is the largest mountain by area in the Dinaric range. It stretches for 145 km in length between the Vratnik pass and the Zrmanja river valley and it varies in width from 30 km in the north to only about 10 km in the south. The highest point is Vaganski vrh at 1757 m. However there are also more than 50 peaks with over 1500 m elevation above sea level as well as two national parks: Paklenica and North Velebit. The entire area of Velebit has status as a Nature Park and as such is a protected area, which is Europes greatest last true wilderness.

This mythical mountain has, in modern times, become a gladiator arena for one of the most respected sporting events in Southern Europe and certainly the biggest challenge for top athletes in the field of endurance sports. In the backdrop of the mountain, humbly and quietly, the 100 km mountain ultra-marathon, named Velebit Ultra Trail, has been gathering the most enduring athletes of the world for over 10 years who come every year to try and match their strength against this unique and impressive mountain. The Velebit Ultra Trail is a race that every serious trail runner has to include in his or her sporting biography. The way to the finish of this Spartan race is not easy: in 100 km of this trail and 6.000m of climb, besides a few mountain shelters, competitors will not encounter any form of civilization and will have to rely on their own skills to challenge this incredible mountain. On the way, through well established and marked Velebit pathways, competitors will pass from sea level to peaks of 1800m, being exposed to great challenges, but also to beautiful views, as every kilometer of Velebit is a story for itself. Therefore, regardless of the difficulties, any pain or fatigue will be alleviated by unforgettable views at a dozen Adriatic islands. And, of course, swimming in a turquoise sea as the greatest award on finish line!

Velebit, together with the Lika region, Zrmanja river, National Park Paklenica, National Park North Velebit, and National Park Plitvice Lakes creates a unique natural center in Europe and a natural tourist attraction which without doubt can serve as a backdrop scene for classical western films. It is no wonder then that in the 60s and the 70s, 8 parts of the cult German-French coproduction western ˝Winnetou˝ were filmed here, based on the legendary novels of Karl May. In fact this western serial being one of the most watched movies of all time in Europe, has inspired us to turn the story of Winnetou and Velebit into a tourist attraction and provide our guests with an unforgettable experience. Besides the story of Winnetou, this region, with the tourist center located in Starigrad Paklenica, offers endless opportunities for an active holiday. There are 6 National parks with a 100 km range that can be visited: Paklenica, Plitvice Lakes, North Velebit, Krka river, Una river, Kornati islands (an archipelago of 140 islands) and the must see rafting on Zrmanja river. Excellent road links, close proximity to the airport, local homemade cuisine and several tourist places and towns will surely make your visit and stay during the Velebit Ultra Trail 2013 accessible, enjoyable and memorable.