The hardship of the route and the elusive peace of the Beskids.
Picturesque cross-country trails marked out along mountain paths and border trails of Beskid Żywiecki.
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The mountains are for everyone. Some people get the greatest pleasure from communing with nature. Others focus on the opportunity to test themselves and cross their own boundaries. Both can meet on the routes of Chudy Wawrzyniec and Mała Rycerzowa – mountain runs organized in Beskid Żywiecki.
Chudy Wawrzyniec is one of the oldest ultramarathons in Poland. From the beginning, the run stood out from other events. And it’s not just about the unique place of the event – the Żywiec region with its uncrowded trails.
The characteristic elements of Chudy Wawrzyniec are the lack of repacks and outside help, i.e. support and a small number of nutrition points. These are the assumptions. It’s supposed to be strict and demanding. Among the mountain events there are many that focus on making the task easier for the participants. The organizers do not want to go in this direction. They want to give runners something more than the ability to cover the route.
Another element that distinguishes Chudy Wawrzyniec from other runs is the ability to choose the distance on the route. Thanks to this solution, runners only after 40 km of effort assess how much they can afford on the day of the competition. Importantly, the time limit for each distance is 16h. Thus, the 50+ route can be covered largely by walking. On the other hand, distances of 80, and certainly 100 km are reserved for experienced “highlanders” who know the taste of ultra. The 100 km race takes place every two years.
The fact that Chudy Wawrzyniec is an important event on the Polish long-distance running scene can be proved by the fact that it has been held many times in the rank of the Polish Championships in Mountain Running on Ultra Distance.
In addition to the main distances, races are also held as part of the event for those who prefer it faster and shorter. Little Knight. Spectacular 20 km. And if someone wants even shorter, they can go to Murzec Vertical, i.e. 1 km with 415 m up.
Chudy Wawrzyniec 100 – Distance: 100 km Elevation: +4825 m/ -4775 m (organized every 2 years)
Chudy Wawrzyniec 80 – Distance: 80 km Elevation: +3825 m/ -3775 m
Chudy Wawrzyniec 50 – Distance: 50 km Elevation: +2525 m/ -2475 m
Event website: chudywawrzyniec.pl
Photography: Andrzej Olszanowski