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Transylvanian Bear Race

02-Jun-2018 Viscri, Bunesti, Romania

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Trail Race Race Terrain
80KM / 50Miles
1 Day - 125 Runners

Alternate Distances: 42KM/26M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Brutal  

Entry From £240 GBP

The Transylvanian Bear Races are an 80km trail ultra-marathon and 42km trail marathon taking place in Transylvania, Romania.

The races are fully supported and will take you through one of the most spectacular places in Romania. Runners follow a pre-marked course through ancient Saxon villages, virgin forest, fortified churches, a ruined castle, open pasture land, meadows and rural village pathways. This culminates in the infamous ascent of the Sighisoara citadel, a UNESCO world heritage site and the birth place of Vlad Dracul. This is a racing first as no other race has even featured the city!

WARNING: the difficult of this route should not be underestimated. Nor should the vibrancy of the local wildlife, which includes wolves and bears.

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Ben de Rivaz

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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ultralouweezy

06:24 06-06-16

Just got back from this race weekend, a fantastic, stunning route through some of the most unspoilt countryside in Europe. I ran the 80k, there is a marathon distance available too.
It is a hard course, and run in June, the heat was in the 90's. The course is waymarked, but there are some places where it's fairly easy to go wrong, so studying the route before is a good idea!
Shoe wise, definitely trail, even though the day itself was hot, the ground was completely boggy in places, and those who wore road shoes met the ground a couple of times.
The locals are pleasant and helpful, but most speak no English, so I would suggest learning a few greetings in the local language.
I loved this race, and would highly recommend it for those seeking an 'experience' race. And after the event, the post race party was fantastic.
Ben has done a great job on this race, a well organised, total immersion experience.

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