Europe Trail Cup

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   Europe Trail Cup is a cooperation of dynamically developing running events from Italy, Poland, Turkey, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. All events share common values such as: close contact with nature, being part of and supporting local communities, contributing to a better world, and being free and authentic. All this with high organisational standards, exceptional landscapes and positive energy.

   The forerunner of the Europe Trail Cup was the Alpe Adria Trail Cup Association, founded in 2020 by 3 running events from the Alpe Adria region. By 2024, the organisation already included 17 races from 9 different countries and its name was changed to Europe Trail Cup. What will not change is that only races certified by ITRA (International Trail Running Association) can be associated with the organisation. The Europe Trail Cup competition is divided into two categories: “Trail” and “Ultra”. The winners will receive cash prizes, divided equally between the men’s and women’s categories (first three places).

Event website: alpeadria-trailcup.com

Runners overcome a mountain peak during a competition.

   From the majestic peaks of the Pieniny, Julian Alps and Dolomites to the sun-drenched trails of the Balkans, each run is a unique adventure.

  1. Ephesus Ultra Marathon            7-10 March, Turkey
  2. Pieniny Ultra Trail                      19-21 April, Poland
  3. Ultra Trail Vipava Valley           26-28 April, Slovenia
  4. Hg Ultra Trail Idrija                          11 May, Slovenia
  5. Ohrid Ultra Trail                          24-26 May, Macedonia
  6. Ultra Trail Stara Planina           25-26 May, Serbia
  7. Kočevsko Outdoor Festival            31 May-2 June, Slovenia
  8. Dolomiti Extreme Trail                   7-9 June, Italy
  9. Soča Outdoor Festival                28-30 June, Slovenia
  10. Scarpa Aladağlar Epic Trail            4-7 July, Turkey
  11. Tryavna Ultra                               12–14 July, Bulgaria
  12. Jahorina Ultra Trail                     27-28 July, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  13. K24 Ultra Trail                                 9-10 August, Slovenia
  14. Julian Alps Trail Run by UTMB  20-22 September, Slovenia
  15. Big Bear’s Ultra                             21-22 September, Slovakia
  16. Obala Ultra Trail                               1-3 November, Slovenia
  17. Antalya Ultra Marathon             27-29 December, Turkey
A runner running on the beach during a competition.

   Home to ancient ruins, temples, roads and statues. One of Turkey’s greatest attractions – Ephesus. Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, it delights hundreds of runners every year who take part in the Ephesus Ultra Marathon. This amazing event takes you to the famous Temple of Artemis, whose beauty attracts visitors from all over the Mediterranean. You can also visit the nearby House of the Virgin Mary, a peaceful chapel that has been a place of Christian pilgrimage since ancient times. Finally, marvel at the grandeur of the former Roman port city of Ephesus, which still boasts a large sea channel and harbour basin.

Courses:
Ephesus Ultra Trail 120k – Distance: 120 km Elevation: + 3275 m /- 3265 m
Ephesus Medium Trail 61k – Distance: 61 km Elevation: + 1875 m /- 1865 m
Ephesus Short Trail 42k – Distance: 40,8 km Elevation: + 1185 m /- 1140 m
Virgin Mary Trail 27k – Distance: 27,1 km Elevation: + 500 m /- 490 m
Artemis Trail 12k – Distance: 11,3 km Elevation: + 160 m /- 150 m
St Jean Race 6k – Distance: 6,2 km Elevation: + 70 m /- 70 m

Event website: www.efesultra.org

Photography: Yucel Cakiroglu

Mountain runner on the competition route.
Runners on the trail of Pieniny National Park.

   A beautiful running event in a picturesque region of Poland. The aim of the organisers is to provide participants with a feeling of safety, comfort and hospitality. The attention to a high level of sport is confirmed by the Polish Mountain Running Championships, which have been organised since 2015. For all participants it is a real festival of Polish running. Running in Szczawnica is a unique running adventure in the heart of the Pieniny and Beskid Sądecki mountains. It’s the joy, wildness and freedom of running in the mountains, embellished with true highlander tradition and breathtaking views of nature.

Courses:
Niepokorny Mnich – Distance: 95,2 km Elevation: +/- 4940 m
Wielka Prehyba – Distance: 43,7 km Elevation: +/- 2060 m
Żwawe Wierchy – Distance: 33,4 km Elevation: +/- 1600 m
Chyża Durbaszka – Distance: 20,5 km Elevation: + 910 /- 1050 m
Hardy Rolling – Distance: 10,6 km Elevation: + 530 /- 660 m
Lubań Vertical – Distance: 6,5 km Elevation: + 920 /- 90 m

Event website: pieninyultratrail.pl

Photography: Michał Buczyński

Runners on the trail of Pieniny National Park.
Runners overcome a mountain peak during a competition.

   Slovenia is full of national parks and is a paradise for cycling, running and hiking enthusiasts. Idyllic landscapes, round hills, lots of greenery, numerous vineyards and a unique microclimate are the hallmarks of the Vipava valley stretching along the western border of Slovenia. Ultra Trail Vipava Valley, organized on its premises, is the largest Slovenian trailrunning event. We can choose from routes ranging from 13 km to 100 miles.

Courses:
Emperor – Distance: 165 km Elevation: +/- 6400 m
Centurion – Distance: 110 km Elevation: +/- 4500 m
Gladiator – Distance: 59 km Elevation: +/- 2400 m
Legionar – Distance: 30 km Elevation: +/- 1600 m
Asterix – Distance: 15 km Elevation: +/- 250 m

Event website: ultratrail.si

Photography: Luka Fabčič

Mountain runner on the competition route.
Mountain runner on the competition route.

   The Idrija region is located in the east of Slovenia, in the central part of Primorska, at the foot of the Alps. The entire central coast is a land of slopes, valleys and gorges, perfect for trailrunning. Idrija is also the name of the main town in the municipality, where all races that are part of the Hg Ultra Trail Idrija start and finish. The entire area of the Idrija Municipality is a UNESCO World Geopark, and the routes run within the protected areas of Natura 2000 and the Zgornja Idrijca Landscape Park.

Courses:
Laufar – Distance: 50 km Elevation: +/- 2680 m
Berkmandlc Trail – Distance: 27 Km Elevation: +/- 1410 M
Čipka Trail – Distance: 14 Km Elevation: +/- 680 m
Hg Vertival– Distance: 2,45 Km Elevation: + 495 m

Event website: hgtrail-idrija.si

Photography: Tanja Čuk

Mountain panorama

   Organised in northern Macedonia, on the border with Albania and Greece, the Ohrid Ultra-Trail is a unique running event whose routes pass through areas included in the UNESCO World Heritage List: Ohrid Lake, Galicica National Park, the city of Ohrid, Prespa Lake. Runners can choose between four distances: 100km, 60km, 40km and 20km and the whole experience is complemented by quality accommodation, excellent food and plenty of historical and natural sites to discover.

Courses:
Ohrid Ultra-Trail 107k – Distance: 107 km Elevation: +/- 5000 m
Galicica Ultra 65k – Distance: 65,5 km Elevation: +/- 3360 m
Samotska Trail Marathon 40k – Distance: 40,5 km Elevation: +/- 1950 m
Letnica Trail 22k – Distance: 22,6 km Elevation: + 1100/- 1240 m

Event website: ohridultratrail.com

Photography: Goran Kuzmanovski

Mountain runner on the competition route.
Mountain panorama

   The running festival held in the Stara Planina Nature Park is the largest mountain running event in Serbia. In the municipalities of Knjaževac and Pirot there are routes ranging from 34 to 100 km long. Ultra Trail Stara Planina is an encounter with wild and inaccessible nature. Difficult technical routes with a lot of ascents reward participants with many breathtaking viewpoints.

Courses:
Ultra Trail Kopren – Distance: 100 km Elevation: +/- 4000 m
Ultra Trail Midžor – Distance: 64 km Elevation: +/- 2650 m
Sky Race Dupljak – Distance: 34 km Elevation: +/- 2300 m

Event website: ultrakleka.com

Photography: Nikola Radojčić & Milan Kopčok

Mountain runner on the competition route.
Forest panorama

   Kočevsko is located in the south of Slovenia and is also known as the Secret Forest of Slovenia. Over 90% of the area is covered by primeval forests. It is a mysterious place, full of green and mysterious areas. Forests intertwine with clear waters, creating a harmony of green and blue. The town offers unique conditions for practising numerous outdoor sports, especially trail running. Kočevsko Outdoor Festival consists of five routes from 5 to 60 km, which hide different stories and lead through the remnants of primeval forests, which can be observed from the developed paths along their edges.

Courses:
Bear Trail 60km I Feel Slovenia – Distance: 59,4 km Elevation: +/- 1961 m
Salomon Golden Trail National Series Slo/Cro/Hun 30km – Distance: 29,2 km Elevation: +/- 1016 m
Lynx Trail 15km – Distance: 14,1 km Elevation: +/- 304 m
Fox Trail 10km – Distance: 10,2 km Elevation: +/- 223 m
Bambi Trail 5km – Distance: 5,9 km Elevation: +/- 70 m

Event website: kocevsko-outdoor.si

Photography: Dejan Stanič

Runner with poles in the forest.
Mountain runner on the competition route.

   The Dolomiti Extreme Trail running event takes place in the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park and its name already contains everything that makes it stand out. First of all, the Dolomites, majestic mountains which, due to their uniqueness, have been included on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. Extreme, because the DXT routes crossing Val di Zoldo on difficult technical trails with a large amount of elevation gain. For years, the trails themselves remained little known from a tourist point of view compared to more famous places, which allowed both the natural environment, which preserves the wild charm of the mountains, and the social fabric and traditions of its inhabitants, to be preserved intact.

Courses:
DXT 103K – Distance: 103 km Elevation: +/- 7150 m
DXT 72K – Distance: 72 km Elevation: +/- 5500 m
DXT 55K – Distance: 55 km Elevation: +/- 3800 m
DXT 22K – Distance: 22 km Elevation: +/- 1300 m
DXT 11K – Distance: 11 km Elevation: +/- 700 m

Event website: www.dolomitiextremetrail.com

Photography: Quim Farrero

A runner crossing a river during a competition.

   The Soča Outdoor Festival takes place where two alpine rivers, the Soča and Tolminka, combine their strength to fight against the mighty Julian Alps. Fantastic routes through stunning mountains, crystal clear rivers and quiet villages on the outskirts of Triglav National Park. We can choose from routes ranging from 5 to 50 km, but regardless of the distance you choose, you will be refreshed at the end of the Tolminka River crossing.

Courses:
I Feel Slovenia 50 km – Distance: 52,8 km Elevation: +/- 2140 m
Nissan X-Trail 35 km – Distance: 33,4 km Elevation: +/- 1370 m
Triglav 25km – Distance: 23,9 km Elevation: +/- 780 m
ADIDAS TERREX 15km – Distance: 14,6 km Elevation: +/- 440 m
Continental Trail 10km – Distance: 11,7 km Elevation: +/- 310 m
ABBA Nutrition 5km – Distance: 5 km Elevation: +/- 70 m

Event website: soca-outdoor.com

Photography: Martin Fettich

   Aladağlar National Park is home to majestic peaks and exciting steep white cliffs. The Aladağlar Mountains offer runners routes with breathtaking views and direct contact with unique natural wonders. The Aladağlar Epic Trail Festival includes traditional races ranging from 13 to 55 km, as well as a relay race and a three-day stage race.

Courses:
55K Scarpa Aladağlar Ultra Marathon – Distance: 51,9 km Elevation: + 2621 m /- 3347 m
25K Scarpa Aladağlar Trail – Distance: 24,8 km Elevation: + 1167 m /- 1162 m
13K Scarpa Aladağlar Keşif Koşusu – Distance: 13,2 km Elevation: +436 m /- 434 m
125K Scarpa Aladağlar Epic Trail/Multi-days

Event website: aladaglarepictrail.org

Mountain panorama

   Stara Planina is a mountain range on the Balkan Peninsula, located mainly in Bulgaria. Тryavna is located on its northern slopes. It is one of the most charming cities in Bulgaria that has preserved the spirit of the mountains, an attractive place for tourists and nature lovers who like the region’s unique cuisine and mountain peace. Tryavna Ultra is one of the largest ultramarathons in Bulgaria. It takes place every year in July near Tryavna. Participants can cover distances from 21 to 153 km. The longest route runs through the heart of the Balkan cultural heritage – Bozhentsi Architectural Park.

Courses:
Tryavna Ultra 153 km Elevation: +/- 6400 m
Tryavna Ultra 100 km Elevation: +/- 4000 m
Tryavna Ultra 80 km Elevation: +/- 3130 m
Tryavna Ultra 42 Elevation: km +/- 1700 m
Tryavna Ultra 21 km Elevation: +/- 680 m

Event website: tryavna-ultra.com

Photography: Toni Gancheva

Runners overcome a mountain peak during a competition.

   Discover the beautiful landscapes of Bosnia and Herzegovina! About 30 km from Sarajevo, in the Dinaric Mountains, the Jahorina Ultra Trail running event is organised. The central place of the running festival is the Jahorina massif and the idea of the event is to present the natural, cultural and historical heritage of the region. Competitors can choose between routes from 10 to 160 km.

Courses:
Ultra – Distance: 160 km Elevation: +/- 7700 m
Maxi – Distance: 78 km Elevation: +/- 2710 m
Midi – Distance: 30 km Elevation: +/- 1237 m
Mini – Distance: 10 km Elevation: +/- 450 m

Event website: www.jahorinatrail.com

Photography: Adnan Bubalo

Mountain runner on the competition route.

   On the edge of the Kamnik Alps, at the end of the Meža Valley in Črna na Koroškem, is the heart of the K24 Ultra Trail race. A breathtaking panorama of five peaks surrounded by the wild forests of Carinthia is the hallmark of this running event. What distinguishes K24 on a global scale is the 6.5-kilometer section of the route through the abandoned Mežica mine. We can choose distances from 24 to 100 km.

Courses:
K24 Ultra-Trail – Distance: 100 km Elevation: +/- 5420 m
Mountain Maraton – Distance: 50 km Elevation: +/- 2550 m
K24 Trail – Distance: 24 km Elevation: +/- 990 m

Event website: k24trail.si

Photography: Miran Žlebnik

Mountain runner on the competition route.
Runners overcome a mountain peak during a competition.

   The Julian Alps are a fantastic area for trail running. Mountain trails wind through picturesque scenery, changing levels of difficulty from time to time. Sometimes they follow the emerald green river, sometimes they turn into more difficult ascents. UTMB’s Julian Alps Trail Run is Slovenia’s largest cross-country running event, offering everything that’s best about mountain running – beautiful views and breathtaking nature. For experienced runners there are challenging routes of 120, 80 and 50 km. For those just starting out, there are easier routes of 10, 15 and 25 km.

Courses:
Jat Ultra Trail – Distance: 120 km Elevation: +/- 5000 m
Jat Lake Bled – Distance: 80 km Elevation: +/- 3500 m
Jat Sky Trail – Distance: 50 km Elevation: +/- 2700 m
Jat Kranjska Gora – Distance: 25 Km Elevation: +/- 950 m
Jat Speed Trail – Distance: 15 km Elevation: +/- 520 m
Jat Funny Trail – Distance: 10 Km Elevation: +/- 290 m

Event website: trailrun.si

Photography: Simon Zupan

Mountain runner on the competition route.
Mountain runner on the competition route.

   Big Bear’s Ultra is a new running event in Slovakia, part of the Slovak Ultra Trail. The running routes are around Žilina, mostly along marked mountain trails, including: through the Mała Fatra Mountains and the Strazowskie Mountains. The longest Big Bear’s Ultra route is a 118 km loop with the start and finish in Žilina. The 118-kilometre route can be completed either solo or in a 4-person relay. The second race is 62 km long and follows the same route as the second part of the longer race. The third race is a 20 km course in the immediate vicinity of Žilina.

Courses:
Big Bear’s Ultra 100+ (BBU100+) – Distance: 118 km Elevation: +/- 6300 m
Big Bear’s Ultra 60+ (BBU60+) – Distance: 62 km Elevation: +/- 3500 m
Big Bear’s 20 (BBU 20) – Distance: 20 km Elevation: +/- 600 m

Event website: www.bigbearsultra.sk

A runner running on the beach during a competition.

   Untouched nature, the sea and the sun. You can experience all this during the race organised in the south-west of Slovenia, near the town of Izola. Thanks to the Obala Ultra Trail, you will discover the beauty of the Slovenian part of the Istrian peninsula, and after the race you will be able to enjoy the beauty of the Slovenian Adriatic coast. There are 5 distances prepared for runners: from 11 to 100 km.

Courses:
Obala Ultra Trail 100 km – Distance: 108 km Elevation: +/- 4000 m
Obala Ultra Trail – 65 km Distance: 65 km Elevation: +/- 2000 m
Obala Trail – 35 km Distance: 35 km Elevation: +/- 1000 m
Borotalco Trail – 18 km Distance: 18 km Elevation: +/- 500 m
Rio Mare Trail – 12 km Distance: 12 km Elevation: +/- 200 m

Event website: www.obalaultratrail.si

Photography: Luka Fabčič

Mountain runner on the competition route.

   From the enchanting Mediterranean to the ski resort of Saklıkent. How about a race that starts on one of Turkey’s most famous beaches and ends in one of the world’s most important rock climbing centres? The Antalya Ultra Marathon takes runners from the bright blue of the coast to the pristine white of the snow. Thanks to the Antalya Ultra Marathon, athletes from different countries around the world have the opportunity to discover the natural beauty of Antalya, a holiday resort on the Turkish Riviera.

Courses:
Antalya Ultra Marathon 85k – Distance: 86,9 km Elevation: + 3303 m /- 2766 m
Antalya Mizuno Trail 57k – Distance: 56,5 km Elevation: + 2870 m /- 1038 m
Antalya Decathlon Trail 31k – Distance: 30,8 km Elevation: + 1032 m /- 496 m
Konyaalti Race 12k – Distance: 12,2 km Elevation: +/- 68 m
Konyaalti Short Race 5k – Distance: 5 km

Event website: www.antalyaultra.org

Photography: Yucel Cakiroglu

All photos used come from the galleries of the organizers of individual events.

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