A few words about
The renewed and fulfilling race of 44km, follows a circular route of 2.600m elevation gain. This mountain marathon is a big challenge for your personal goals, while you experience mountain running from a different angle.
iTRA & UTMB
A maximum of 350 athletes can participate in the race.
10 hours since the race start.
Intermediate cut off points-time
- Megalo Papigo (cut off time: 4hrs and 30min after your designated start time)
Starting point: the Tsepelovo High School (1.050m altitude). The runners cross the village square and they come across one of the hardest uphill points of the race: the Tsepelovo steps (stone step-path of 2km, at 1.340m and 290m elevation gain), which they will find once again before the finishing line.
The following 3.3km continue in a downhill route (negative elevation gain -270m), leading to the village Kapesovo (Water Supplies Station and Checkpoint).
The route continues descending for about 2.3km (-470m of negative elevation gain) and the athletes should be aware of the steep downhill route, a terrain of technical complexity. On the 7.5km, the route enters into the Vikos Gorge!
The trail continues in the gorge with slight elevation changes until the 12km, where we find the location “Klima” and the 1st Support Station at 607m of altitude (ascent 489m, descent 930m).
Continuing on a similar motif, we reach the springs of Voidomatis river (19km, Water Supplies Station and Checkpoint) at 483m of altitude (ascent 586m, descent 1.140m). From now on, the hard uphill part of the route begins, until the village Megalo Papigo on the 23km. The Main Support Station is found there, where the athletes can take a short rest (at 933m of altitude, ascent 1.100m, descent 1.200m).
The route crosses the village Mikro Papigo and continues ascending for 5.5km, until the “Astraka Refuge” (30km) where the 3rd Refreshment Station is, at an altitude of 1920m and positive elevation gain of 1.900m.
Leaving behind the refuge, a very demanding downhill follows for about 1.5km and after that, the trail enters into an uphill direction again until the Lake Robozi on the 33.5km (4th Refreshment Station). This is the highest point of the race, at an altitude of 2.030m and positive elevation gain of 2.150m.
Then, the route starts descending, presenting slight gradient changes until we reach the 38km, at the location “Krouna“, drinking fresh water from the spring.
For the next 2.5km the route continues on slight elevation changes (+140m) up to the 40km, where we reach the location “Avgerinos” (5th Refreshment Station) at an altitude of 1.750m and elevation gain of 2.560m. There are only 4.5km left, downhill route, and the last Checkpoint of the race before the Tsepelovo stone step-path, just a breath from the finishing line.
Refreshment Stations of Marathon+ 44km
Running especially when that includes long distances, time and effort is inextricably intertwined with energy intake. The importance of energy intake during an ultra marathon, for those who have such great racing experience, seems to be the key for a desired result, which focuses not only on performance but also on pleasure offered by the race and yet avoiding the phenomenon of survival.
Basic rationale of the group responsible for the supply of our race is to provide participants with a variety of flavors, satisfying even the most demanding requests. The selection of various food items for the refreshment stations is based on specific guidelines that allow athletes to meet their energy needs.
Particular emphasis is given on energy coverage for novice runners, who can participate without dietary protocol, preventing energy loss that could arise from the lack of racing experience.
The proposed selection and placement of items provided in the refreshment stationss designed to meet energy needs in accordance with international recommendations and the relevant scientific literature.
Each mountain race is unique, yet each and every athlete is unique. The intra-individual differences among athletes are numerous and so are their needs.
Thefort to satisfy them, at least at the energy level is an incentive for all of us.
The selection of the particular food items for the refreshment stations was based on our personal engagement with sport nutrition and the creation of similar protocols for our athletes. Your views and feedback on this issue were also taken into consideration.
The Scientific Team
Stamatis Mourtakos MSc, PhD
Sports Nutritionist – Ergophysiologist
Stathis Vasileiou, CISSN
Dimitris Theodorakakos, ISSN
Marathon and Trail Running Champion, Coach
- *C.E.G.: Cumulative Elevation Gain
- *Bar: Carbohydrates & protein bars
- *Salty foods: Biscuits, crisps, peanuts, bread and turkey slice
- *Soft Drinks: Cola
- *Fruits: Watermelon or banana etc.
Refreshment Stations are all manned stations with at least 2 volunteers who will help and provide supplies to the athletes.
|Klm||C.E.G.*||Location||Station / Checkpoint||Water||ΙIsotonic drink||Gel or honey||Bar*||Cake||Dried fruit||Salty Foods*||Boiled potato||Cola*||Fruit*|
|44||+1100m||MEGALO PAPIGO||Station 2|
|37||+1900m||ASTRAKA REFUGE||Station 3|
|6,5||+2150m||ROBOZI LAKE||Station 4|
The races route in GPX file format
You can download the Marathon+ 44km race’s route in GPX file format in order to import to your watch.
The file is compressed (in zip format) so you have to unzip it first in order to import it.